Summer Scholars

Intensive Research Program for ASU StudentsMay 18-June 26, 2020

Program canceled for 2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and the shift of ASU courses to an online format, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the program. As an ethnographic field research based program, it relies heavily on face-to-face interaction. Please check back for information on future programs.

Looking for hands-on research experience? Want to learn techniques from and work directly with social scientists? Become a Summer Scholar at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change.

This program provides students in our school from historically underrepresented backgrounds with a focused introduction to social science research, inspired by our renewed commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Working with faculty experts, you will engage in fieldwork exercises and seminars that guide you through the research process and help you develop an original research project.

Why become a scholar?

  • Gain valuable research experience for your resume or graduate school application
  • Work closely with faculty and graduate student mentors
  • Receive a $1,200 stipend for completing the program

Summer Scholars will learn:

  • The objectives and techniques of social science research
  • Basic anthropological research methods
  • The value of experiential qualitative research
  • How to address the ethical issues of doing research with living human populations
  • About research-focused graduate degrees and career paths
  • How to produce and present a final research project

Questions? Contact Meskerem Glegziabher, clinical assistant professor and director of inclusion and community engagement.

How and when to apply

  • Applications are open online beginning Tuesday, Feb. 4
  • Applications due Monday, March 30
  • Accepted students will be notified by Wednesday, April 15


  • Any ASU undergraduate from a historically underrepresented group (broadly defined) with a major or minor in anthropology, global health, or applied mathematics for the life and social sciences.

Apply now

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the program cost?

How much does the program cost?

There is no program fee associated with participation in the Summer Scholars program. Those who successfully complete the program will receive a stipend.

Will I earn credit toward my degree?

Will I earn credit toward my degree?

This is an intensive summer workshop designed to complement your coursework. It is a non-credit program; you will not earn academic credit.

How much time is involved?

How much time is involved?

Plan to devote at least 20 hours per week to the program.

You will meet twice each week during ASU's summer session A (May 18-June 26). Each meeting is three hours long and will be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. You will have additional tasks to complete outside of the regular workshop hours.

What is the stipend?

What is the stipend?

Students who successfully complete the program will earn a $1,200 stipend. The amount will be credited to your student account in two increments.