Who can apply to the
Tufts Summer Scholars Program?
Current sophomores and juniors in good standing
are welcome to apply.
But I'm interested in research in the
Humanities. Isn't this program for scientists?
Nope. Summer Scholars supports research in every
discipline. Every year applications (and funded
projects) are split just about 50/50 between
natural/applied sciences/engineering and
humanities/social sciences/creative arts. If you
want to commit 10+ weeks to the intensive
investigation of a subject with direct mentorship
from a faculty member, we want to see your
Where is the application?
The application materials are available
What if I already have a mentor with whom I would like to work?
Terrific! Students are strongly encouraged to contact Tufts faculty members with whom they would like to work and to collaboratively develop an opportunity.
So I don't have to use this site to find a research mentor and a project?
You may use this site to find a mentor looking for an undergraduate scholar, or you may
initiate a project on your own. Either way, keep in
mind that successful applicants will have contacted
their proposed mentors early enough to have
meaningful conversations about their plans prior to
completing the application.
I have contacted several potential mentors of projects in which I am
interested and they have all invited me to apply for the program.
May I submit multiple applications?
You may apply with only one mentor, for one project.
I have identified a graduate student with whom
I would like to work. May I propose him/her as my
Your mentor must be a Tufts faculty member. Though
some of your responsibilities may necessarily be
supervised by an advanced graduate student, the plan
for your research and the joint letter in your
application must be constructed with a faculty
I am already conducting research and hope to
continue through the summer and into next academic
year. Can I still apply?
Yes! You may apply to continue research on which
you have already started and with a Mentor with whom
you are already working. In your application, make
sure to give details about the specific goals and
intended outcomes for the portion of your research
to be conducted during the summer.
I already have other plans this summer. Will I
be able to fit Summer Scholars in?
Summer Scholars is intended as a full-time
commitment and funded as such. Your application must
indicate a plan for at least 10 weeks of continuous
research between University Commencement and Labor
Day. Other employment - paid or unpaid - is not permitted during those 10 weeks
so that you may focus fully on your research. Concurrent enrollment in
a summer course is strongly discouraged;
instructions for proposing enrollment in one summer
class that is directly related to your research are
provided in the application packet. If you are
offered and accept a Summer Scholars grant, you are
withdraw your applications for any other grants,
internships, etc. so that others may be offered
I think I would be spending more/less money
than some other applicants on rent, etc. Where can I
address that fact in my application?
All selected Scholars receive the same stipend, regardless of circumstances.
If you receive financial aid from Tufts, you may
apply for an additional housing scholarship, but you need
not specify in your application the way in which you
intend to use the $3,500 stipend. Your proposal
should include a budget for anticipated costs
directly related to successful completion of the
I'd like to participate in the Summer
Scholars program, but it isn't financially realistic
for me. I'd make more money if I lived at home and
worked, and I don't want to jeapordize my financial
There are a limited number of
housing scholarships available to students receiving
financial aid from Tufts. Students receiving a housing scholarship
will be placed in campus housing and given an 80
meal plan. Please check the box on the application
to indicate that you are interested in being
considered for one of these scholarships. Students
who receive the housing scholarship also receive the
full $3500 stipend.
May I get help with my application?
Of course. Though your final submission must be 100%
original work, you may, and should, request feedback
from people you trust, such as your faculty advisor
Graduate Writing Consultants.
You are also welcome to meet with
Anne Moore in
Undergraduate Studies to discuss any questions you
How do I guarantee that I'll be offered Summer
Well, there's no guarantee on what makes a
successful applicant, project, and mentoring pair.
Based on past applications, though, these
DOs and DON'Ts offer some guidance for putting
forth a strong application:
My GPA is below a 3.0, but there's a good reason . .
There are often circumstances beyond one's control
that affect academic progress. However, this is a
very competitive application process and GPA is a
factor for consideration. If you are a rising senior
with a cumulative GPA between 2.9 and 3.0 who believes that
circumstances that have now been resolved
contributed to past grades that do not reflect your
abilities, please meet with
Anne Moore in
Undergraduate Studies. Students earlier in their
academic careers are encouraged to focus on their
studies, access Tufts' outstanding advising and
academic support resources, and consider applying for
Summer Scholars in future years.
What are the
selection committees looking for?
The faculty reviewing your application are
hoping to award this opportunity to students who
will make the most of it. After determining
will look at the fit and commitment of your mentor
pairing, your understanding of the work you propose
to explore, grades in your relevant coursework,
ability to balance work as demonstrated by choices
illustrated on your transcript and resume, and fit
of the program into your overall educational plan.
here for a copy of the rubric used by the
faculty selection committee.
Is this program the same as the IR Research Scholars Program?
No. The International Relations program has its own funds for the support of student research
projects. For their deadline and more information, please visit the
International Relations website.