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Summer Research College

The Program in International Relations is pleased to announce summer research positions for undergraduates.  From Monday, June 24 - Friday, August 30, 2019, at least ten undergraduates will participate in the Summer Research College (SRC). The SRC, coordinated jointly by the Department of Political Science and the Program in International Relations, is designed to foster close intellectual exchange by involving students in the new or ongoing research of Stanford professors. The program is a unique opportunity for undergraduates from diverse disciplines to undertake research with a faculty mentor while being paid for their work.

In addition to research, students have the opportunity to learn from their fellow undergraduates during lunch seminars held twice a week. In the seminars, students present their work to their peers and a panel of SRC faculty.

Throughout the summer, various workshops are also offered to enhance the learning experience. Students attend technical workshops on Stata (a data analysis and statistical software package) and Excel as well as sessions on preparing for graduate school and conducting a career search.

“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, Director of the International Relations Program and the Summer Research College.  


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


Students will be expected to work 40 hours per week during the program. The program will run from Monday, June 24th through Friday, August 30th, 2019. Students and faculty will present their collaborative research in in seminars that will take place twice per week throughout the program. You are expected to attend each seminar.


Each student will receive a stipend of $7,500 for ten weeks of full-time research work.


IR does not offer course credit for Summer Research College. You are only eligible to receive the full Summer stipend. Students planning to take Summer courses may not enroll in courses that exceed 5 credits and must get prior approval from the faculty member with whom they are working.  


Students may apply for on-campus summer housing—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:

See the link below for project descriptions. Download the Preference Form (below) and use it to express your top three project choices in order preference.  Please email the Preference Form, cover letters, resume, and unofficial transcript—in PDF form—to Becca Hall in the Political Science Department. If your application is approved, someone will contact you to set up an interview. 


SRC Project Descriptions 2019

SRC Preference Form 2019

SRC Cover Letter Guidelines 


SRC 2019 Application Deadline is Wednesday, February 6, 2019.


Learn about our 2017 SRC Cohort HERE.


Questions? Contact Becca Hall, Political Science, Encina Hall West Room 100.