Summer Humanities Institute at UCLA: Program Overview

UPDATED 1/2014

2014 Program

Summer Humanities Institute at UCLA

Sunday, June 22 to Saturday, August 16, 2014

Recent SHI Cohort


* Juniors, seniors, and students who have just completed a BA (degree in the humanities or social sciences) AND have not yet begun his/her first year of a graduate school program.
* Students should plan to pursue a graduate degree in the Humanities or Humanistic Social Sciences (History, English, Art History, and Political Science).
* Areas NOT eligible: Law, Psychology, Science, Math, Economics, etc.
* Students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are strongly encouraged to apply


* The following expenses are covered by UCLA: transportation, lodging, and meals. A stipend also paid.


We are no longer accepting applications for 2014.


The Summer Humanities Institute is sponsored by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA and is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It is a rigorous summer research program scheduled from Sunday, June 22 to Saturday, August 16, 2014. This eight-week program is open to upper-division undergraduates (juniors or seniors), and students who have completed a baccalaureate degree AND have not yet begun his/her first year of a graduate school program. Students from historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other historically underrepresented students who plan to pursue a graduate degree in the humanities or humanistic social sciences (anthropology, art history, cultural/critical studies, ethnomusicology, history, literature, political science, and sociology) are strongly encouraged to apply. Please do not apply if you intend to go to law school, professional school, or are interested in Psychology or Math/Science.


The program is designed around five core activities:

  • Seminars on new humanistic scholarship
  • Writing, creating a PowerPoint and presenting an in-depth research paper
  • Skills-building workshops to enhance preparatory competencies
  • Faculty mentoring and guidance for research
  • Cultural enrichment activities

The seminars are geared to strengthen student knowledge of current conceptual approaches to scholarship in a range of humanities disciplines, including the respective conceptual frameworks, theoretical paradigms, research methodologies, interpretive approaches, analytical strategies, and presentation techniques. The seminars are intense, interactive and challenge students to engage in critical thinking, while providing them with opportunities to work one-on-one with Bunche-affiliated humanities and humanistic social science faculty and graduate student mentors.

The skills workshops focus on writing and research techniques, using new information technologies for exploring the humanities and humanistic social sciences developing a research paper, creating a PowerPoint presentation and applying to graduate programs/fellowships.

Students will¬†write a research paper supported by their faculty mentor’s guidance and expertise in this research area. Students will also create a PowerPoint presentation and present their findings in a conference setting.

Attendance at all seminars, field study courses, cultural enrichment activities, final presentations and SHI sponsored workshops is mandatory. The program is fast paced and intense, requiring extremely strong academic skills, willingness to work at a fast pace and flexibility from all participants.



The program will provide participating students with access to preeminent humanities and humanistic social science faculty affiliated with the Bunche Center. Students will be matched to their faculty mentors based on the general area of research the participating student is interested in and the availability of faculty during the summer months. Please note: The Institute will make student mentor matches, not the student. Given that the faculty-mentoring aspect is critical to student success in the program, if we are unable to identify a faculty mentor for a student, we will be unable to accept the student into the program.



  1. Brittany Wright says:

    When will applicants be notified of a decision? Or what is the timeline of the application process?

  2. Nicole says:

    I noticed the deadline has passed for applications. Do you know of other programs open to students who have finished their BA but not yet started their MA? Thank you!

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