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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Deadline for Summer 2023 Applications is March 2023

Questions? Contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies

The Cognitive Science summer undergraduate fellowships are aimed at providing an important and meaningful research experience to undergraduates in Cognitive Science and its allied disciplines. Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary program devoted to the understanding of the mind and the application of that understanding to domains such as Education. The allied disciplines within Cognitive Science at Northwestern are Anthropology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Computer Science, Learning Sciences, Learning and Organizational Change, Linguistics, Music Cognition, Philosophy, and Psychology.

The summer fellowships provide an opportunity for sustained full-time involvement with faculty-sponsored research. Each fellow will be part of a research team for the summer. Fellows will see how Cognitive Science research is done in specific contexts. Fellows will also interact with one another and other faculty during research seminars. Please visit our Research Opportunities page for a list of Cognitive Science labs that are currently welcoming undergraduate applications.

Who May Apply:  Northwestern Cognitive Science majors and minors. The fellowship program may also consider applications from students majoring in related disciplines who wish to pursue research in Cognitive Science.

How to Apply: 

The applicant should propose a specific project together with an individual faculty advisor. The research proposal should be no more than two pages. 

COVID 19 Planning: All grant proposals should indicate in a separate paragraph in a proposal appendix how current or potential COVID restrictions will be addressed. Examples could include a remote option if in-person parts of the project become impossible. The grant committee will not be able to approve any proposal without articulated COVID planning. The Office for Undergraduate Research has created a new resource to help you think through Research Methodologies and Potential COVID Considerations.

The application should also include a brief one page personal statement about the student's Cognitive Science interests and current career plan beyond undergraduate study. The student should email a copy of the proposal and the personal statement to: The faculty advisor should send a brief (one page or less) letter of support to the same email address.

Please include the phrase "Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship" in the subject line of the email.

Fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis. Each fellow will receive a $4,000 stipend to cover living expenses* for eight weeks of full-time research on an independent research project, under faculty supervision. Students and faculty can arrange their research schedules to fit their project. Students awarded the Cognitive Science Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship may not also receive a NU Summer Undergraduate Research Grant for the same project. Students will have an opportunity to present their research to the Cognitive Science Community. 

*Note that the Office of Undergraduate Research does not provide summer housing. If staying in Evanston, many students leverage resources from  Off-Campus Living to identify summer sublets.

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