Summer Research College

2019 summer research college presentations

The IR Program and Political Science Department

are pleased to announce 

2023 undergraduate summer research positions

Summer Research College (SRC) is designed to foster close intellectual exchange by involving students in the ongoing research of Stanford professors. Participants will work directly with a faculty mentor for ten weeks and receive a $7,500 stipend. There may be an additional supplement based on financial need.  Students also have the opportunity to attend optional research training seminars to learn additional skills throughout the summer (e.g., Stata, R). Projects will be done in person on campus.

“The International Relations Summer Research College offers students a unique opportunity to experience the process of doing actual research while allowing them to gain valuable job skills, and preparing them for careers in either academia or the corporate world,” says Mike Tomz, Political Science Professor and Summer Research College Director.  


To be eligible for SRC, you must:

  • be a current undergraduate at Stanford
  • be available to work 40 hours per week for the duration of the program
  • not be serving a suspension or be on a Leave of Absence (LOA) while participating
  • not have received Stanford funding for a full-time experiential learning opportunity in the 2022-23 academic year

Co-term students and seniors are eligible only if the bachelor’s degree will not be conferred before the end of the research appointment.


Student participation is expected to be 40 hours per week during the program dates June 26 through September 1, 2023. The program is in person on campus. Students and faculty will present their collaborative research in lunchtime seminars that will take place twice per week. Students are expected to attend all lunchtime presentation seminars.


Each student participant will receive a $7,500 stipend with additional funding available based on financial need and/or location.


IR does not offer course credit for SRC. Students are only eligible to receive the full Summer stipend. Faculty mentor approval is required if taking summer courses. Summer enrollment generally should not exceed 5 units.


Students may apply for on-campus summer housing—please note that room, board, house dues, and other academic expenses are paid by the student. Students are responsible for paying their university summer bill, which will include any other academic expenses incurred. To learn more about and apply for summer housing, see the Housing Assignment Services website.

Apply to SRC:

Click on the preference form and use it to express your preference regarding faculty mentors and research projects (see the link below for project descriptions). Please attach your cover letters, resume, and unofficial transcript to this preference form. If your application is approved, someone will contact you to set up an interview. We are accepting applications only via the preference form link above.

SRC Cover Letter Guidelines 

SRC 2023 Application Deadline is Monday, February 6, 5:00 PM PST.

Questions? Contact pfesta [at] (Paul Festa), Encina Hall Central, Suite 30.