Summer Institutes for Undergraduates

Academic Experiences of Shorter Duration (1-4 weeks) for Undergraduate Students
AEI Summer Honors Program: Values & Capitalism

Disciplines: diverse majors

Year: any undergraduate year

The American Enterprise Institute's Summer Honors Program connects student leaders with the ideas, research and community of AEI, one of America's preeminent think-tanks. The Values & Capitalism Summer Honors Program is a series of fully-funded, intensive, one-week seminars in Washington, DC for Christian college students. The program gives students an unparalleled chance to immerse themselves in a particular area of study with leading scholars and policy practitioners. In selective cohorts of 20-25 students, participants will attend a day of core lectures and four days of smaller, discussion-based classes focusing on various topics related to public policy, economics, law, and faith. The honors program will also offer opportunities for students to sharpen professional skills through career coaching, site visits, and networking events. For Summer 2018, the Values & Capitalism seminars are being held on 4-8 June and 18-22 June. The Summer Honors Program stipend includes housing, meals on class days, travel, and $250 for expenses during the week.

National Deadline: 31 December 2017 (early decision) and 5 March 2018; 2019 tba

AEI Summer Honors Program

Disciplines: diverse majors

Year: any undergraduate year

The American Enterprise Institute's Summer Honors Program connects student leaders with the ideas, research and community of AEI, one of America's preeminent think-tanks. The program is a series of one week, fully-funded educational and professional development sessions that provide students with a unique opportunity to jumpstart their careers alongside a network of peers from around the country. The sessions are focused on seminars led by scholars or policy practitioners, including renowned economists, foreign policy experts, and lawyers. Sessions also include policy briefings, high-level networking opportunities, and site visits in Washington, DC. The Summer Honors Program stipend includes housing, meals on class days, travel, and $250 for expenses during the week.

National Deadline: 31 December 2017 (early decision) and 5 March 2018; 2019 tba

Elm Institute Summer Seminars

Disciplines: diverse majors

Year: junior || senior

The Elm Institute, an academic initiative located in New Haven, Connecticut, is a non-profit organization whose research and educational programs deal with questions of deep human concern which cut across the traditional boundaries of academic disciplines with a particular focus on questions related to the sources and use of wealth in society. The Institute aspires to strengthen civil society through the cultivation of thoughtful and courageous citizens. Vital to this mission is the summer seminar series offered by the Elm Institute each summer. Seminars are for one- to two-weeks and include these topics: Work, Leisure, & the Good Life, Markets & Morals, and What are the Humanities For?. While a registration fee is asked for overhead purposes (in the past, $200), tuition, lodging, and food--hosted in Yale University classrooms, housing, and dinning halls--are covered by the Elm Institute for each seminar. Reading materials are also provided free of charge and sent to participants approximately one month before the beginning of each seminar.

National Deadline: 18 March 2018 or 1 April 2018 (depending on seminar); 2019 tba

Fulbright Summer Institutes

Disciplines: diverse majors

Year: frosh || sophomore

The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes for US citizens to come to the UK. These summer programs provide the opportunity for US undergraduates (aged over 18), with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the UK on a three, four, five or six week academic and cultural summer program. Participants in these programs will get the opportunity to experience an exciting academic program at a highly regarded UK University, explore the culture, heritage, and history of the UK and develop their academic ability by improving presentation, research, and communication skills.

National Deadline: 7 February 2018; 2019 tba

Hertog Foundation Fellowships

Disciplines: diverse majors

Year: advanced undergraduate

The Hertog Foundation offers several highly competitive and selective educational programs for outstanding individuals who seek to influence the intellectual, civic, and political life of the United States. The Foundation offers programs in three main areas: Political Thought & Philosophy; War & Foreign Affairs; and Economics & Domestic Policy. Hertog also offers fully-funded, short-term summer seminars on topics including American political thought, American democratic capitalism, and grand strategy.

War Studies: a fully funded, two-week summer seminar in Washington, DC on warfare and military doctrine, offered in conjunction with the Institute for the Study of War. The program aims to educate advanced undergraduate students about the theory, practice, organization, and control of war and military forces.

Summer Courses: This series of one- to two-week seminars allows students to create their own individualized course of study. Topics include religion and politics, U.S.-Russia policy, partisanship, nuclear strategy, and American democratic capitalism.

Early Decision National Deadline: 14 January 2019

National Deadline: 11 February 2019

Institute for Humane Studies, Summer Seminars

Disciplines: diverse majors

Year: There are summer seminars for both undergraduate and advanced undergraduate students.

The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS), a non-profit educational organization, at George Mason University organizes week-long summer seminars each summer. Seminars explore the ideas of a free society, using history, economics, philosophy, and other disciplines that offer new insights and inspiration for tackling societal issues. The seminars help participants build their critical thinking skills, gain access to a network of faculty and fellow students, and discover career possibilities as they learn about ideas that foster global prosperity, greater human equality before the law, religious tolerance and freedom, women's suffrage, and more. IHS provides lodging, food, books, materials, and lectures for all participants. This summer, three seminars will be held between Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia and Davidson College in Charlotte: the Foundations of Liberty (23-29 June, Bryn Mawr); the Future of Liberty (16-22 June, Bryn Mawr); and the Frontiers of Liberty (14-20 July, Davidson).

National Deadline: Applications open 15 January 2019; usually due in March.

Witherspoon Institute Summer Seminars

Disciplines: diverse majors

Year: advanced undergraduate

The Witherspoon Institute is an independent research center that works to enhance public understanding of the moral foundations of free and democratic societies. Located in Princeton, New Jersey, the Institute promotes the application of fundamental principles of republican government and ordered liberty to contemporary problems through a variety of research and educational ventures, provides opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students to examine the moral foundations of political, philosophical, and social thought, and assists leading scholars in performing rigorous scholarship, often from an interdisciplinary perspective. Each summer the Witherspoon Institute offers short seminars for college undergraduates at Princeton University that examine topics pertinent to its mission. This summer, Witherspoon will host two seminars in July: Natural Law and Public Affairs, 10-14 July and First Principles, 15-17 July.

National Deadline: 11 February 2019