UChicago & USussex International Jr. Research Associates Program

University of Chicago and University of Sussex 2021 International Junior Research Associates Program (IJRA) - VIRTUAL

The UChicago-Sussex IJRA program provides selected College students the opportunity to participate in a summer of intensive, faculty-mentored research in the Humanities and Social Sciences 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 humanities and social sciences 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. This program is distinct from other opportunities for UChicago Humanities and Social Sciences 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. 

Program Description: Each year a small cohort of talented and ambitious undergraduate students from the University of Sussex's institutional partners are given the opportunity to undertake research alongside Sussex faculty and scholar for an eight week, full-time intensive summer research experience. The scheme supports peer-to-peer relationships between leading Sussex faculty and high-achieving undergraduates considering a research career. The Sussex IJRA programme is a non-credit bearing programme intended to provide beneficial research experience in preparation for future PhD study for up to a total of eighteen students from its institutional partners around the world; build connections between talented international researchers and Sussex faculty. Sussex IJRA Website: https://www.sussex.ac.uk/global-engagement/partnerships/engagement/international-junior-research-associate-scheme

VIRTUAL 2021 Research Appointment and IJRA Program Dates: approximately end of June – early September, 2021. Exact start and end dates will be determined by faculty mentor and undergraduate researcher. 

Eligibility: 

  • Must be a current, full-time 3rd-year student at time of application and in good-standing with the University of Chicago;
  • Provide evidence of strong research and communication skills; 
  • Have a minimum 3.5 GPA; 
  • Eligible majors include: humanities, social sciences, and the arts. Double-majors in non-humanities and arts fields will be considered, relevant to the nature of the research project;
  • Willing to devote your energies full-time to this experience and able to be at the Unviersity of Sussex for the duration of the program;
  • Time-management skills and ability to work independently, but collaboratively with a Sussex faculty member.

Expectations: 

  • Abillity to commit to full-time research for the duration of the 8-week experience (approximately 40 hours/week of research and required IJRA programming)
  • Committment to meeting weekly expectations of Sussex Research Mentor, ensuring timely communication and production of work
  • Candidate may not hold another research appointment or internship while a UChicago-Sussex IJRA

UChicago-Sussex IJRA Scholars will receive:

(1) A research stipend of $5,500 for the eight-week summer research experience funded through the Straetz International Research grant program.

(2) Selection of virtual training workshops, including:

  • Introduction to academic research skills
  • Effective literature searching for researchers
  • Introduction to managing research data
  • Introduction to archives at The Keep
  • How to produce an academic/research prospectus
  • Introduction to postgraduate study
  • Presenting your research: oral presentations

(3) Supervision from University of Sussex Faculty specific to their research project 
(see the 2021 Project Descriptions)

(4) Some virtual social events may be scheduled with the entire IRJU global cohort. Full offerings available in late spring quarter. 

(5) Participation in IJRA virtual summer symposium. Following completion of their summer research, UChicago IJRAs will benefit from the ongoing support of CCRF, including guaranteed funding through the Dean’s Fund for Undergraduate Research-Conference to present their research the following academic year at British Conference for Undergraduate Research (BCUR) or an equivalent symposium.

Deadline: applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to those who submit by April 5, 2021.

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A program designed, funded, and managed through a collaboration between the Humanities Collegiate Division, the College Center for Research & Fellowships (CCRF), and the University of Sussex. Grant funding is provided through the Straetz International Research grant program.