Berkeley Sociology Summer Research Scholars

The Berkeley Summer Research Scholars Program offers rising seniors from Howard University (Sociology and Criminology), Spelman College (Sociology and Anthropology), and Hampton University (Sociology) a rich research experience focused on the intellectual strengths of the Berkeley department in the sociology of race and inequality. The goal of the program is to support promising young researchers from these three Historically Black Colleges and Universities in their preparation for graduate school in sociology and other social sciences and their eventual careers in academia. This program is a partnership with faculty from Hampton, Howard, and Spelman, who play an important role in selecting the Scholars and supporting their research when they return to their home campuses following the summer program. 

Selected Scholars receive a rigorous and intensive 8-week summer research program at the Department of Sociology at the University of California-Berkeley. Each student is paired with a Berkeley Sociology professor to gain a rich research experience and supported by graduate student mentors, who assist with professionalization, graduate school applications, and writing. The Scholar’s weekly schedule will consist of approximately 15 hours of work on the faculty mentor’s research project; roughly 15 hours of work on their independent research project, which includes methods training; a seminar series designed around professionalization activities (2 hours/week); and additional skill development workshops and supports (5 hours/week). In total, Scholars will be engaged for roughly 37-40 hours per week in academic and professionalization activities, with free time for socializing and leisure activities. 

The Summer Scholars Program is a rigorous, full-time program and selected scholars are expected to devote 100% of their time to the program for its duration. Scholars receive a $5,000 summer stipend, travel stipends, and room and boarding the Sociology Department.

In the academic year following the Summer Scholars program, Scholars will return to the Berkeley campus once to continue mentoring and to facilitate continued research collaboration.

Berkeley Sociology Summer Research Scholars is funded by the UC-HBCU Initiative in University of California Office of The President.