CHE Undergraduate Researcher Program

Each year between February and April, the Changing Human Experience awards a handful of summer research assistantships to undergraduates. These fellowships support full-time participation in one of the faculty projects funded by our Cultivating Humanities and Social Sciences Grants. Working closely with a faculty mentor, students have the opportunity to contribute to groundbreaking research in the humanities, arts, and social sciences, while also honing skills that will set them up for a future honors thesis or independent project.

CHE Undergraduate Researchers are expected to devote themselves full time—roughly 40 hours per week—to these experiences for 10 weeks during the summer. They receive a base stipend of $5,000, along with a potential financial aid supplement of up to $1,500, depending on need.


To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be on your Flex Term during summer quarter 2021. (The University does not allow students with a full-time summer research stipend to register for more than 5 units of coursework, which means you cannot accept this grant while enrolled as a full-time student. We also cannot fund students on a leave of absence).
  • Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors of any major are welcome. However, current seniors who will graduate before summer quarter cannot apply.
  • You may not accept any other full-time summer research or internship funding. (You may be allowed to accept another part-time fellowship, but you must clear this in advance with the Program Coordinator).
  • You must dedicate yourself full time (roughly 40 hours per week) to this project for a period of 10 weeks. Consequently, you may not work more than 10 hours per week in another job or register for more than 5 units of coursework. You may not attend September Studies, Bing Overseas Seminars, or any other full-time academic summer program unless you and your faculty mentor agree on a schedule that allows you to work for 10 full weeks around this experience.
  • Due to COVID-19, the University currently forbids travel of any kind for undergraduate research (including purely local “travel” to a nearby library or museum). For the time being, these research experiences must remain purely online. 

How to Apply:

Applications for summer 2021 are now closed. Come back next winter for the summer 2022 application.

Questions? Email the Program Coordinator, Jeff Schwegman: