Q: Are you currently accepting applications?
A: Please see the home page for information on applying.
Q: What are the costs of attending the Summer Institute?
A: All accepted fellows will have their costs for tuition and room and board covered by the Summer Institute. Fellows are responsible for paying their own travel costs, which are often contributed by their home institution (consult your mentor).
Q: How many letters of recommendation do I need?
A: At least one, but no more than three.
Q: Is there a particular format my referee(s) should use for the letter(s) of recommendation?
A: No. However, it may be helpful if they specifically discuss how the aims of this year's Summer Institute align with what they know of your own research and background.
Q: How long should the statement of relevance be?
A: However many pages you feel you need to detail your interest, experience, and the relevance of the SI to your career development; about 1-2 pages is standard.
Q: What should I include in my statement of relevance?
A: It is relatively open-ended; however, its purpose is primarily for you to relate your previous research and your plans for your future academic career to the specific topics and/or speakers of this year's Institute. Aim to communicate why the Institute would be useful for your research goals.
Q: Once my application is submitted, can I make changes to correct errors or include new information?
A: No, but we could do it for you IF IT IS SERIOUS. Please be selective in requesting this assistance. Minor typos, etc., are not good reasons. Having a new paper accepted that is "critical" to your application, or updating your cv to indicate you received a "major" award that you believe it critical to note, might be reasons to write. But in any case, after the submission deadline, there will be no reason to do this as shortly thereafter, your materials as submitted will be out for review by the selection committee.
Q: On the basis of what criteria will the fellows be selected?
A: Applicants will be selected based on their academic record and the relevance of the Summer Institute to their research goals and career development.
Q: Are applications open to foreign and non-U.S. students and faculty?
A: Yes. All eligible applicants will be considered for participation in the Summer Institute, regardless of national affiliation.
Q: In the past, the Summer Institute has been focused on a certain topic. When will this topic be covered again?
A: The topics of future Summer Institutes are not scheduled this far in advance, in order to stay flexible as to what is the most relevant and leading edge over time.
Q: Can I see what topics were included in prior Summer Institutes?
A: From the home page of the Summer Institute, select Previous Years from the menu bar at the top. The more recent institutes have links to the detailed daily schedules for those institutes.
Q: Am I applying for one week of the Summer Institute, or both? May I attend only one week?
A: The application is for BOTH weeks. You MUST attend the entire Summer Institute. No exceptions can be made.
Q: I am currently an undergraduate student. Can I apply?
A: No. Entry is limited to graduate and medical students who are currently enrolled in a program, as well as post-doctoral scholars, clinical residents in training, and faculty/researchers. In rare circumstances, special consideration may be given to applications from those who are currently working in research setting between undergraduate and graduate training whose presence would contribute to the goals of the institute.
Q: I am not currently associated with any institution, but have completed my undergraduate degree and plan to start attending a graduate school after the Summer Institute takes place. Can I still apply?
A: No. Entry is limited to graduate and medical students who are currently enrolled in a program, as well as post-doctoral scholars, clinical residents in training, and faculty/researchers. In rare circumstances, special consideration may be given to applications from those who are currently working in a research setting between undergraduate and graduate training whose presence would contribute to the goals of the institute.
Q: How should I have my letter(s) of reference sent for my application?
A: You may upload a PDF of your letter(s) of recommendation when filling in the application form online, OR have your referee upload the letter directly (see instructions on the home page at bottom, or on the application page)
Q: I did not receive confirmation of my completed application, should I have?
A: Yes, if you did not receive email confirmation, then your application is not complete for some reason. Based on past experience, here are some issues to watch out for: Typo in your email address; Failure to complete the application and submit; Email from us is in your SPAM folder. If you do not get confirmation, write us immediately, and do so until you get an answer (sometimes we are flooded with questions, requests, etc., and our staff support is necessarily limited by the budget, so be aware).
Do you have a question that is not answered here? Write to us.