Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program

The Wu Tsai Undergraduate Summer Scholars program provides interdisciplinary research opportunities in topics related to the mind and cognition to undergraduates from a diverse array of backgrounds.

Summer Scholars work under the mentorship of Wu Tsai Institute faculty, postdocs and graduate students from departments across biology, psychology, computer science, and related disciplines. Example research areas include brain imaging and neurofeedback, machine learning and robotics, and neuron structure and function.

Students benefit from professional development activities and panel discussions as they build a network with the Wu Tsai Institute community at Yale. The program is open to students at Yale and from institutions across the U.S., giving Summer Scholars an opportunity to create meaningful relationships with students from a broad range of institutions.

Scholars receive a competitive support package for the 10-week program which runs from the end of May to August.

COVID-19: We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and will be making programmatic decisions subject to Yale University guidelines. All non-Yale Summer Scholars are subject to Yale University’s Visitor Policy. If student or visitor access to campus is prohibited in summer 2022, the summer program will be cancelled (no virtual option).

Read more about our inaugural 2021 Summer Scholars and their research projects

Award and Expectations

The program runs from May 30 – August 5, 2022. Students who provide evidence of an academic conflict with the start or end dates may be given a 1-week exemption. Students will present their research in the form of a poster and brief oral synopsis at a closing symposium.

Summer Scholars are expected to dedicate their full time to their research project and to participate in all program activities. Summer Scholars may not undertake any other projects, courses, or employment during this time.

  • Students receive a stipend of $4,300 for the entire period and eligible transportation costs to and from Yale are covered up to $600
  • Students who are not Yale undergraduates receive housing on campus.
  • Mentor placements:
    • Yale students must propose to work with a Yale faculty member.
    • Non-Yale students will be matched to a Yale faculty member, based on their interests.
    • Award preference will be given to placements with an affiliated faculty member of the Wu Tsai Institute.
    • Placements with non-WTI faculty members may also be considered when the research project focuses on human cognition broadly defined.


  • The program is open to students completing their sophomores or junior years and non-graduating seniors with an interest in interdisciplinary neuroscience. Students must have completed at least four terms and have at least one term remaining of their undergraduate education by the start of the summer program.
  • Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Students must demonstrate an interest in pursuing research as a career or for an advanced degree program.
  • Students must demonstrate a commitment to increasing diversity in academia.
  • Due to external constraints, non-Yale students must be documented U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents. Yale students who are not U.S. citizens are welcome to apply.
  • Students who have received support from WTI in previous years are ineligible to apply.

Application Instructions

Students Outside of Yale:

Students who are not enrolled at Yale must submit their application through Leadership Alliance

Applications are due by 11:59 pm Pacific Time on February 1, 2022 (2:59 am ET on February 2, 2022).

Please visit the link above for application instructions and FAQs.

Find out more about the program and process in this slide deck.

Yale Students:

Yale students must submit their application through the Yale Fellowships portal

Applications are due by 3:00 pm ET on February 24, 2022. Please visit the link above for application instructions.

Find out more about the program and process in this slide deck.