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Summer Scholars FAQ

Answers to important Summer Scholars questions to help you apply for the program

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

Our application deadline for the Stowers Summer Scholars program is February 2, 2024 11:59 PM eastern time (New York).

Where can I get technical help with my application?

GradCAS (the application system) offers technical support. They have a Help Center and Contact Us.

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 technical difficulties.

Can I submit my application prior to the submission 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?

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 with or 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 allowing ample time to complete the application before the deadline. All applicants must write several long-form responses to questions. Time is needed to think about and compose all responses.

Is there a fee for your program?

There is no fee for participation in the Stowers Summer Scholars Program. There is a salary of $5000.

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 rolling basis, starting in November. Final offers will be sent out by mid-April. All applicants will be contacted by email 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 the third reference 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. It is recommended that all letters of reference be on official letterhead.

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). It is recommended that all letters of reference be on official letterhead.

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.

Can international students apply?

Yes, international students are eligible to apply to our Summer Scholars Program. International applicants who are accepted for the Stowers Summer Scholars Program will work with Stowers Immigration Services on the visa application process at the appropriate time.

Still have questions?

If you have further questions, contact us at 816-926-4400 or by email:

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