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Apply to the Young Researchers Program

The application will open on January 23, 2023. Check back then!

Please review The Program and FAQ tabs and this page before applying to the 2023 Young Researchers summer program.

Important Dates

Application Deadline: March 31, 2023

Letter of Recommendation Deadline: April 14, 2023

Program Dates: June 15, 2023 - July 28, 2023

The application deadline for this year's program is March 31, 2023. Exceptions to this deadline are rare. We will do our best to accommodate your application depending on the circumstances. 


Offers will be sent out by late April. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications, we cannot provide specific reasons why an application was not accepted.

Application Details

The application is an electronic form that can be completed and submitted online. However, if you do not have regular access to a computer please contact us for other options.  See below for application instructions, tips, and the link to apply.


Please note that the Young Researchers Program is only for high school rising senior students in the Los Angeles, Lynwood, Compton, or Inglewood Unified School Districts (charter schools okay!).  Unfortunately, we are not able to accept applications from students who reside outside of these districts.

Determine your eligibility

1. Are you a rising high school senior (currently a junior)?

2. Do you live in Los Angeles and attend a public high school in the Los Angeles, Lynwood, Compton, or Inglewood Unified School Districts (including charter schools)?

3. Are you able to commit at least 15 hours per week for six weeks to a research project at USC, plus two field trips and weekly seminars?

4. Have you been vaccinated for Measles and Covid-19 (2 doses)?

If yes to all of these, you are eligible to apply.

Application Instructions

Before you apply, please read the application instructions and tips in full by clicking on the link below. Please note that we require one letter of recommendation to be submitted with your application. This letter we be submitted by your recommender, however it is YOUR responsibility to follow up with your letter writer and ensure their letter is submitted by April 14, 2023.


Submit your application here:

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