Summer Fellows Program

The Summer Fellows Program (formerly the Summer Humanities Scholars program) is for rising UCLA sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have a strong commitment to research in the humanities or social sciences and who are either working on a faculty research project or completing a comprehensive research project (or working on a departmental honors thesis) with a faculty mentor for ten weeks during the summer.

Summer Fellows:

  • Receive a $2,000 scholarship upon completion of the program.
  • Enroll in an SRP 99 research course (2 units) with their faculty mentor for the 10-week Summer Session A. (Please note: there is no unit charge for SRP 99 units in summer. However, students only enrolling in SRP units during the summer will pay the Referenda fees and IEI fee. See here for current rates. If students are already enrolled in other Summer Sessions courses, these fees will have already been charged.)
  • Attend an orientation, regularly scheduled workshops, and individual meetings with the program staff. The workshops provide training in research skills, scholarly communications (writing abstracts, presenting at conferences, publishing) and professionalism (crafting CVs or resumes, preparing for careers and/or graduate school).
  • Present their research at the Summer Fellows colloquium
  • Submit a research paper or final project at the end of the program (for students working on faculty projects, this may be their own research proposal; for students working on their own projects, this may be a graduate school application writing sample.)

    • Summer Fellows eligibility:

      • UCLA students who will have sophomore-,  junior-, or senior-level standing for fall 2018 and who will be enrolled at UCLA at least through fall 2018.
      • 3.0 GPA or higher
      • Have not previously been awarded the Summer Fellows Program scholarship (previously known as the Summer Humanities Scholars Program scholarship).
      • Commitment to working on a research project with a faculty mentor, as well as attending all program workshops and meetings.
      • Superb scholarly promise in a humanities or social science major. 
      • A faculty mentor within a humanities or social sciences department. Click here for a list of all humanities departments, click here for a list of all social science departments. Please note: students are responsible for finding a faculty mentor for summer 2017, and this faculty mentor should submit a letter of recommendation as part of the program application. The mentor may help guide a student-initiated project, or, the student may work on a faculty mentor's research project. For possible research projects, please log on to the Undergraduate Research Portal ( 
      • International students and AB540 students are eligible
      How to Apply

      Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 11:59pm. 

      The application consists of:

      • An online application with research proposal and personal statement. The application will be available in mid-April by going to MyUCLA --> Campus Life --> Survey. Application instructions are available here
      • Letter of recommendation from your faculty mentor. Be sure to provide your faculty mentor with the Letter of Recommendation Form. If you have any questions about finding a faculty mentor, please contact the Undergraduate Research Center.

      • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. All materials must be submitted by the application deadline. Please contact the Undergraduate Research Center with any questions, or come to a Summer Fellows information session on April 17th or 25th, 2018 in Murphy A334 from 3-4pm. No RSVP required.