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Posner Research Program

The Posner Research Program gives rising sophomores the opportunity to engage in research projects under the guidance of Northwestern faculty members during the summer after their first year. Research opportunities are available in four areas of study: humanities, social science, natural science, or mathematics. Students who are among the first in their family to attend college or who attended high schools with limited AP offerings are especially encouraged to apply.

What will I do in the Program?

Students awarded a Poster Summer Fellowship will spend 8 weeks of the summer working full-time on a research project. The Weinberg Dean's Office will match the student with an appropriate faculty member. The faculty member and the student will work together to decide the details of the project and the role of the student.

Each Posner Fellow receives support (which includes on-campus room, board, and a $1500 stipend) to cover research and living expenses for the eight-week period beginning June 21, 2020 and ending August 15, 2020. The stipend is split into three payments made at the end of each month of the program (June, July, and August), after evaluation of your participation in the fellowship program.

How do I apply? 

Interested students should contact Assistant Dean Lane Fenrich. Interviews will begin in January. You will be asked to indicate which of the four areas of study (humanities, social science, natural science, mathematics) may be of interest to you.

Application procedure 

Applications for Posner Program grants are made via an online protocol — similar to the one used by the Undergraduate Research Grants program administered by the Assoc. Provost’s Office. This protocol is available at: https://urg.northwestern.edu. From that site you can access links for both Provost's Office and WCAS grants, including Posner.

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