Summer Neuroscience Program

Spend your summer with us!

  • Receive a full-time stipend, plus money for your lab
  • Build critical soft skills for life after Duke
  • Work one-on-one with faculty to jump-start your research


Duke's Summer Neuroscience Program is an 8-week summer program enabling you to conduct full-time research to jump start your Graduation with Distinction senior thesis. Full-time participants receive a $3,000 stipend, and mentors receive $1,000 towards their discretionary fund. You may also elect to take one summer school course during term I or II; you obtain $1500 and your mentor receives $500. Once your potential mentor is identified, you will need to collaborate with them to complete and submit an SNP application.

For summer 2021, SNP fellows will attend weekly professional development sessions via Zoom. In addition, full- and part-time participants will work in their respective lab or on remote activities. These remote activities could be a mix of any of the following:

  1. Analyzing pre-existing data
  2. Writing a review article or manuscript
  3. Performing a meta-analysis
  4. Writing a proposal for a pre-doctoral fellowship (i.e. NSF Graduate Research Fellowship)

Important dates:

  • Applications for Summer Neuroscience Program will go live Dec. 14th, 2020
  • February 1st, 2021 applications close
  • March 1st, 2021 Acceptance notifications out (at the latest)
  • Program will run June 7th-July 30th, 2021

Application topics may include:

  • Personal Information: name, Duke email address, class year
  • Experiences: previous lab exposure, other neuroscience courses
  • Future Plans: anticipating Graduation with Distinction, post-graduation plans
  • Research Plans: mentor's name, department and Duke email address

Applications are now closed for summer 2021

Questions? Contact Tyler Lee at Please DO NOT fill out the form to just see what is being asked and then write to Tyler to delete the submission; this potentially will make you ineligible. We take this application process seriously.