Summer Research

Summer Research Experiences

Summer undergraduate research experiences provide College students the opportunity to engage in immersive, intensive mentored research. It gives them the opportunity to explore something new or to take current research to a more advanced level.

Summer research experiences often provide an opportunity to work with a community of research scholars and to present your work. CCRF advisors are available to help College students identify relevant summer research experiences, apply for programs and funding at the University of Chicago and beyond. 

College students are encouraged to attend a CCRF Planning for Summer Research session for further guidance on finding and preparing for summer research experiences. 

CCRF Summer Research Experiences

The College Summer Institute in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CSI): The College Summer Institute in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences provides selected undergraduates the opportunity to undertake intensive intellectual training and research with accomplished scholars and peers at the University of Chicago. 

The University of Chicago and University of Sussex International Junior Research Associates Program: The UChicago-Sussex IJRA program provides selected College students the opportunity to participate in a summer of intensive, faculty-mentored research in the Humanities at one of the UK’s leading institutions of higher education, the University of Sussex. As members of the IJRA program, College students in the arts and humanities will have the opportunity to undertake a fully-funded research experience as part of a dynamic community of scholars researching and living together at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK. This program is distinct from other opportunities for UChicago Humanities undergraduates to pursue international research because it invites students into a collaborative research experience, apprenticing with and contributing to the work of a leading scholar in an international context. 

CCRF Summer Research Funding

Quad Summer Undergraduate Research Scholars

Summer Research Experiences at UChicago and beyond

There are a number of University of Chicago Summer Undergraduate Research Programs, including NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) and departmental or divisionally-supported programs. Students are encouraged to search the CCRF Research Opportunities Database for a comprehensive list of opportunities. Use the search options "UChicago Research Opportunity" and "Summer" to refine your search.

There are hundreds of summer research programs hosted at other universities that may be of interest to College students. We also include these programs in the CCRF Research Opportunities database. Many of the opportunities we list as US Research Opportunities and International Research Opportunites are summer experiences. STEM students are encouraged to search the NSF REU database for summer research experiences at other US universities. There are additional opportunities included in other databases listed on our site.