TCR History Camp

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Summer 2021

Online Camp

The 2021 TCR History Camp is an intensive online workshop in historical research and writing for secondary students. In each 2-week session, 2 experienced instructors will coach students, all working remotely, to compose a first draft of an historical research paper on a topic of their choice.

Each student prepares for the workshop, in advance, by
  • choosing a topic,
  • procuring (either buying or borrowing) at least 3-5 books on that topic (many if not all of which the student should read before the start of "camp"), and
  • arranging for online access to other primary and secondary sources on digital databases (e.g., JSTOR, eLibrary, Gale, EBSCO, Congressional Quarterly, etc.).

Instructors work one-on-one with students, coaching them through the research and writing process: formulating productive research questions; finding and making discerning use of primary and secondary sources; taking accurate notes; analyzing evidence, formulating a provisional narrative and testing it with more research; marshaling evidence to support one's position or narrative; puzzling together a narrative structure for one's essay; documenting evidence with University of Chicago-style source citations; writing and rewriting.  

Each weekday morning begins with a virtual meeting, via Zoom, of all students and instructors, devoted to instruction on methods required for the historian's craft. Students then spend the better part of each day, and the middle weekend, exercising those methods in their own research and writing. Each student has a daily one-on-one conference with an instructor. Each day concludes in the late afternoon with another full-class Zoom session.

In-person Camp

TCR Summer Programs are intensive workshops in history, research, and writing that offer high school students an advisory structure in which to work on historical research projects on topics of their own choosing. Students arrive at the program with a research topic in hand that they then develop over the course of two weeks, with the end goal of writing a publication-worthy essay. They are given the opportunity to formulate productive research questions, to find and use primary and secondary sources, to take effective notes, to examine model historical essays, to pursue various analytical and narrative writing strategies, to confront problems of structure and organization, and to contemplate the larger philosophical dilemmas associated with studying the past; they are also given individualized sessions with instructors as well as ample study time on their own in the context of a fully-equipped research library.

Program location: Boston or Weston, MA | Exact location TBA in March, 2021.

Class size: 12

Instructor:Student ratio: 1:6

Students will stay in a single room.

The Camp will adhere to the most restrictive COVID rules.

Online Camp Dates & Cost

Session 1

June 7th - June 18th

Pacfic Daylight Time (PDT/UTC -8)

Tuition: $3,500

Session 2

July 5th - July 16th

China Time (UTC +8)

Tuition: $3,500


Session 3

July 19th - July 30th

Eastern Daylight Time (EDT/UTC -4)

Tuition: $3,500

Session 4

Aug 2nd - August 13th

Pacfic Daylight Time (PDT/UTC -8)

Tuition: $3,500

Please note the Time Zone of the online class.

In-person Camp Dates & Cost

Boston in person

June 21st - July 2nd

Tuition:  $4,750

Before you apply

Applications are reviewed on a rolling admission based on availability.

If you are qualified, we will send you an email with the link and the instructions to register.

Deadline for applications:

Early application: Dec. 31st. 2020, 11:59 pm EST (UTC-5)- Notification on Jan. 10th, 2021

Regular application: Feb. 28th, 2021, 11:59 pm EST (UTC -5) - Notification on Mar. 7th, 2021

Applications must include a Transcript and a Preliminary Research Proposal.

Make sure you have  a copy of your transcript to upload with your application.

Prepare your preliminary research proposal before filling out your application. The  proposal  must  include:

  1. one  paragraph  describing  your  topic  of  interest 
  2. three  questions  you  would  like  to  answer  about  your  topic 
  3. a  list  of  five  sources  that  you  plan  to  use  in  your  research.  Those  sources  must  include  at  least  1  book  (not  a  textbook)  among  them.

Be prepared to complete your application in one sitting. You will not be able to save your entries for later completion.

Cancellation policy:
Until 2/28/2021: 100% refund
March 1 - March 31,2021 50% refund
April 1 – April 30, 2021: 25% refund.
After May 1, 2021: No refund will be made for any reason.

While the TCR History Camp provides first-rate personal coaching on serious History research papers, participation cannot guarantee publication. The Concord Review selects about 5% of the papers submitted. While we welcome submissions from students who have attended the TCR Summer Programs, their papers will be considered alongside other papers submitted by diligent students from many countries.

If you have any questions, please see the Summer Program FAQ or contact Steven Lee at

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