Undergraduate Summer Research Program

at the NYU Center for the Humanities

Taking advantage of NYU’s position as a world-class interdisciplinary research university, the NYU Center for the Humanities hosts the Undergraduate Summer Research Program for a small cohort of students from various institutions every summer. During this program, students conduct original research within the humanities under the supervision of NYU faculty mentors in their fields of study. The program is intended for students who are interested in pursuing a PhD in the humanities. Explore projects by program students from past summers.

The Center is proud to collaborate with the Leadership Alliance, a higher education consortium comprised of over 30 institutions that are committed to improving the level of diversity in academia. NYU participates in the Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative (LAMI) as part of this collaboration. The Center’s Undergraduate Summer Research Program, which includes LAMI, is primarily focused on developing research experience for undergraduates from historically underrepresented groups.

Program Components

  • Faculty Mentorship. Students are paired with a faculty mentor, with whom they are expected to meet regularly during the nine-week program to complete a scholarly research project. Students will work with their faculty mentors to decide on an appropriate project topic and format.
  • Research Experience. Students engage in individual, faculty-guided research for the summer. By the end of the program, each student will complete a research paper of approximately 15 pages, not including bibliographic references, and the opportunity to present their work at an academic symposium in July. Research subjects include Anthropology and Archaeology, Area/Cultural/Ethnic/Gender Studies, Art History, Classics, English, Film, Cinema and Media Studies (theoretical focus), Foreign Languages and Literatures, Geography and Population Studies, History, Linguistics, Literature, Musicology and Ethnomusicology, Performance Studies (theoretical focus), Philosophy and Political Theory, Religion and Theology, and Theater (non-performance focus).
  • Professional Development. Students attend weekly meetings during which they present their research, exchange ideas, and discuss their topics. There are weekly workshops to improve presentation, research, and writing skills and to familiarize students with the graduate school application process.
  • Financial Support. Students receive a summer stipend to support their research, in addition to travel costs to the program site and housing during the program.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Rising college juniors and seniors from any college or university
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Previous research experience is strongly preferred
  • Academic excellence and strong writing skills
  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States

Important Dates

  • November — Applications Open
    • LAMI student applications open through the Leadership Alliance
    • NYU student applications are available on this website
  • February — Applications due
  • Early March — Notifications begin
  • Early June – Early August — Program Dates

How to Apply

For students who do not currently attend NYU, the Center for the Humanities is pleased to sponsor the Leadership Alliance Mellon Institute (LAMI) as part of the Undergraduate Summer Research Program at NYU. Students must apply through LAMI. Learn more about the Leadership Alliance and LAMI.

For students who do currently attend NYU, applications will be separate from LAMI and are available directly through this website.