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Summer Scholars FAQ

When is the application due for the Stowers Summer Scholars Program?

Our application deadline for the Stowers Summer Scholars program is February 8, 11:59 PM central time (Chicago).

Where can I get technical help with my application?

GradCAS (the application system) offers technical support. They have a Help Center and Contact Us. If any issue arises that is not resolved, please contact GSSIMR at

What if I cannot submit my application in time due to last minute technical difficulties?

We advise applicants to submit their applications early. We do not accept late applications even if there are last minute techinical difficulties.

Can I submit my application prior to the submisson of all my references?

Yes. You can submit your application without having received all the reference letters. You can log onto the site to check the status of your reference letters.

What if I am unable to participate during the dates listed?

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What are common mistakes that applicants make?

  1. Not reading and following all the instructions carefully. Applicants must answer the questions in the manner that is detailed in the application. Failure to do so will diminish prospects for acceptance.
  2. Not checking informing recommenders with sufficient time for them. Recommenders need to turn in the letter by the deadline, so they need time to prepare the letter. In addition, if they do not receive your request, they may have to check their Spam or Junk folder.
  3. Not giving themselves enough time to complete the application before the deadline. We ask all applicants to write several long-form answers. Time is needed think about and compose them.

Is there a fee for your program?

There is no fee for participation in the Stowers Summer Scholars Program. There is a stipend of $4000.

What is the application fee?

There is no application fee.

When will I be notified of my acceptance to the Program?

Applicants who are selected for the Stowers Summer Scholars Program will be notified on a rolling basis, starting in early February. Final offers will be sent out by mid-April.  All applicants will be contacted by e-mail as to their final acceptance status.

Am I expected to stay through the duration of the program?

Yes. You are expected to commit to the eight-week program. Less time is not permissible. Shifting the dates of participation by up to a week is allowed in certain cases with permission from the Coordinator of the Scholars program and the Principal Investigator. Please contact us at for more information.

In the application form there is space for three references, but you require only two. Do you need three other references or will the two people writing my recommendation letters suffice?

We require a minimum of two references. Inclusion of a third reference is optional. Careful selection of two recommenders is more important than the quantity.

Who should write my recommendation letters?

The two best sources of recommendation letters are: (1) supervisors (professors, senior lab members, or TAs) of research projects you may have done outside of class or as an extensive class project and/or (2) professors who taught your classes (preferably science classes, especially those with laboratory components).

Is there an age requirement for participating?

Yes. You must be 18 years old by your summer start date to work at the Stowers Institute.

If I am not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident but study at an institution in the US, can I apply?

Prior to applying, you should seek guidance from your international student office as to your eligibility to do an internship.