The Concord Review Summer Program - 2019 Applications now open


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.

2019 Program Dates & Cost

 SAN FRANCISCO: Monday, June 10 - Friday, June 21, 2019

   Tuition: Day program ($3,650)

  Location: San Francisco Main Library

BOSTON: Monday, June 24 - Friday, July 5, 2019

  Tuition: Day program ($3,650)

  Boarding program ($4,750)

Location: Commonwealth School & Boston Public Library

NORMAN, OKLAHOMA (O.U.): Monday, July 8th - Friday, July 19th, 2019

  Tuition: Day program ($3,650) 

  Boarding program ($4,750)

  Location:Oklahoma University

SEOUL: Monday, July 22 - Friday, August 2, 2019

  Tuition: Day program ($4,500)

  Location: Seoul National University Library

Read what past students have said about the program.

Priority Applications - Nov 1 through Nov 30

PRIORITY APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 30, 2019, 11:59pm EST.

Regular Applications - through Jan 31

Regular application DEADLINE: January 31, 2019, 11:59pm EST.

After Regular admission, it will be rolling admission based on availability.

The TCR SP will notify each applicant 2 weeks after the deadline.

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

Middle School Alternative

For middle-school students -- rising seventh-, eighth-, and ninth-graders -- we offer the TCR History Camp. Details>

Before you apply

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 for High School program (see History Camp for that program's cancelation policy):
Until March 1, 2019: 50% refund.
March 1 – May 1, 2019: 25% refund.
After May 1, 2019: No refund will be made for any reason.

While the TCR Summer Program 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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