Graduate Summer Fellows Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply?

Any graduate student who is currently enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program at Boston University is eligible to apply. Students enrolled at other universities are not eligible.

If I am a master’s student graduating in May, can I apply for the summer right after my graduation?

To be eligible, a student must have an active enrollment status with the university. Thus, students who complete their degrees in May 2019 are not eligible candidates.

If I am an “ABD” doctoral candidate, am I still eligible?

Yes. Doctoral candidates may apply to the program after their coursework and qualifying exams are complete as long they have active enrollment status with the university through the end of the summer.

When are applications due, and when will candidates find out if they have been selected?

The application period opens in late January and the deadline is Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Candidates will be notified of the outcome of their applications by late April.

What are the dates of the program?

In 2019, the program starts on Tuesday, May 28 and ends on Friday, August 2.

If I have a field work requirement or another summer commitment that overlaps with a few weeks of the program, may I still apply?

Unfortunately, no. This intensive 10-week program places great emphasis on the interaction among the graduate students from various disciplines, so it is important for all of the Summer Fellows to be physically present for the entire 10 weeks. We ask all candidates to confirm that they are available Monday through Friday for the entire 10 weeks and can participate in all programs and activities.

What types of “programs and activities” do the Summer Fellows participate in?

In addition to focused time for work on individual research projects, the Summer Fellows take part in weekly informal lunch discussions with Pardee Center affiliated faculty; a workshop on research and communicating to non-academic audiences; mid-course presentations about their research projects; a reception with past Summer Fellows and others connected to the program; and a few other social events. Weekly “brown bag” lunches and informal interactions among the Summer Fellows themselves also are strongly encouraged.

This program is advertised as “interdisciplinary”. What does that mean, exactly?

The interdisciplinary nature of the program is rooted in the selection of Summer Fellows from a variety of disciplines from across Boston University. Selected Summer Fellows are from various departments, schools, and colleges, and will spend time during the 10 weeks interacting with each other, discussing each other’s work, and giving feedback on presentations of work outside of their own disciplines. The program provides training and emphasis on effectively communicating about academic work to people outside of one’s own discipline. So while each candidate should write an application proposal based on a research topic germane to his/her own discipline and graduate work, as a group, the selected Summer Fellows – and the nature of the program – are interdisciplinary.

How are the Summer Fellows selected?

A selection jury of Pardee Center staff and affiliated faculty is convened after the application deadline to review applications and select the final candidates. A small group of finalists may be invited for interviews with the Pardee Center Director and Associate Director before the final cohort of Summer Fellows is selected. All candidates will be notified about the outcome of their applications by the end of April.

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