Frequently Asked Questions
How are CCIR Academy programmes different from other summer programmes?
What are the benefits of attending a CCIR programme?
Most importantly, by the end of your time at a CCIR programme, you will have completed a substantive independent research project. In certain cases, under the guidance of the mentors and our team, your research project will also be published in academic journals or presented at conferences. All our CCIR programmes award graduation certificates and in-depth evaluation reports. Finally, you will have fostered a close personal relationship with a Oxbridge faculty member from whom you can request a letter of recommendation.
What kind of experiences can I expect?
Because of the academic rigor and the small size of our programmes, we are able to deliver an experience for our students that is at once fun and academically enriching. Over the course of the programme, as students work with one another and with the faculty, they will develop relationships that will push them both personally and intellectually.
Will my mentor or TA write me a letter of recommendation?
All our students have the option of requesting letters of recommendation from their mentors. While we cannot guarantee letters of recommendation, we can say that in the past, because our admitted students are all capable and passion at, not a single student who has requested a letter of recommendation has had their request denied.
Does attending CCIR improve my chances of being accepted at top universities/graduate programmes?
Attending CCIR may improve your chances in college/graduate admissions in a number of ways. Most importantly, CCIR offers you a great opportunity to produce and possibly even publish a genuinely impressive piece of academic work. In addition, since you will be interacting intimately with your Oxbridge mentor over a long period of time, your mentor will also likely become an excellent referee for you in the admissions process.
How much work do mentors assign?
Generally speaking, our programmes consist of roughly 1-2 hours of face-to-face interaction hours per week. In addition to the class time, students will be expected to do readings and write essays. On average, including interaction hours, students are expected to devote a total of roughly 4 hours a week for their programme.
Will all the sessions be online?
All CCIR Academy programmes are conducted online with the support of multiple platforms — video conferencing, learning management systems, etc.
Where can I find tuition information?
Detailed tuition information, including merit scholarship opportunities, can be found in our programme prospectus.
What's included in my tuition
Most importantly, your tuition covers supervisions, lectures, and additional weekly one-on-one office hours (30 minutes), if requested. Additionally, your tuition covers your access to Cambridge or Oxford’s academic database (via mentor), Data collection guidance (by the mentor), academic journal submission guidance (by the mentor and CCIR Academic Team), and academic support both during the course of the programme and in the follow up (when you need to request letters and evaluations).
How can I get more information about the programme?
To get more information about our programmes, contact our academic coordinator Aiko at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re a counselor or a teacher interested in collaborating with our programme, contact Oliver, our outreach director at email@example.com.
What is the CCIR admission criteria?
What grade levels are the programmes designed for?
What if I don't have PSAT, SAT, or ACT scores yet?
We are standardized test optional in our admissions. As long as we can see your school transcripts, you’ll be fine.
What is the deadline to apply?
Can I apply for scholarships?
All applicants are automatically considered for the merited scholarships. If you face economic hardship and seek financial aid, please inform our Academic Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can make arrangements to best accommodate your situation.
How should I prepare for my interview?
We definitely don’t want you to stress over the interview. While there is an evaluative dimension to our interviews, the primary purpose of these interviews is to get a sense of what you have already known about the subject and what your academic passions are. The interviews are all very casual and conversational in style—so just be prepared to come in prepared to chat about your academic interests.
How does the programme accommodate students who live in different time zones?
What do I do if I have technical difficulties during video conferencing?
Every video conferencing session will be hosted by a CCIR operations team member. You are welcome to raise the issue through chat at any time. You can also send an email to email@example.com, which is monitored at all times during active sessions.
Will the lectures and TA sessions be recorded?
Yes. Every session will be recorded and made available after class. You can access them via an unlisted playlist on YouTube or your Learning Management System.
What kind of technology is required?
The only requirements are the Internet (Zoom or compatible browser), front-facing camera, and microphone. Some courses may require specific softwares to be installed. Your mentor and TA will do their best to help you install those softwares.
How demanding are the programmes?
How do I gather data for my projects?
Depending on your project, this may take a number of forms. Survey-based research is a definite possibility, for instance, in the social sciences. In other cases, we instead rely on existing data sets that are either open-source or that are requested from other researchers.
I am interested in science. How can I do a research project without accessing the lab?
In the age of big data, a growing amount of research in the sciences is actually conducted outside of the lab context. Large amounts of data already exist and what is needed is for researchers to mine that data for insights. Our mentors will teach you the skills and tools needed for scientific computing and data analysis.
What is the programme's approach to teaching and learning?
Our programmes ultimately all adopt a project-based learning methodology. However, the project-based methodology is supplemented by more traditional methods of lecturing and supervision wherever necessary. Worth highlighting is the supervision format of our teaching: this small group teaching style, based on critical peer-to-mentor and peer-to-peer interaction, is a Oxbridge hallmark and one that we have made central to our pedagogical methods.
the Cambridge Future Scholar Programme
The Future Scholar Programme is an online 2-5 student research-focused programme taught by current teaching faculty members at the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, and select Ivy League universities; we offer 21 unique courses in STEM, Business, Social Sciences, and the Humanities.
Research courses that empower you to explore your passions
Autumn/Winter 2021-2022 Round Admission is OPEN
Early Admission: 9 October, 2021
Regular Admission: 23 October, 2021
A Semester's Worth of Teaching
Weekly lectures and supervision from Oxbridge or Ivy League faculty mentors and PhD TAs.
An Independent Research Project
Complete a journal-level research paper supervised by an Oxbridge or Ivy League faculty mentor.
Browse the 2021-2022 Prospectus for:
Research course catalogue
Tuition & Scholarship
Oxbridge Level Writing Centre
Our writing centre, staffed by Oxbridge students and alumni, is constantly on call to provide prompt feedback on your writing.
weekly course work
2 to 5
students per course
average faculty to student ratio
A Letter of Recommendation
The option to request a tailored letter penned by your Oxbridge or Ivy League faculty mentor.
Journal Publication Guidance
Our expert Academic team will guide you to the best forums for showcasing your work
A Signed Evaluation Report
From your Oxbridge mentor, issued by the programme, at the student's request.
Journal Publication Guidance
Publishing requires know-how. Our expert team will not only help you transition from high school to academic writing, we will also actively assist you in getting your work published. Our academic advisors actively maintain our database of publications so that we know how and where to best showcase your work. We will help you avoid predatory academic forums and support you as you publish your work in legitimate journals and conferences.
Independent Ethics Review Committee
For research involving human subjects, an ERC review is often required to ensure the experiment adheres to research ethics. CCIR's independently-run ERC is led by Dr Tom McClelland at the University of Cambridge.
as of Summer 2021
2021-2022 Research Course Overview
Each designed and taught by current Oxbridge and Ivy League faculty.
21 unique research courses, carefully designed
Each 13-week course is divided into two parts
Lecture Weeks (1 - 7)
Build up your foundation of knowledge
With support from your mentor and TAs, you will first gain a grounding in your field of research. In addition to 1 hour of lecture a week from your mentor, you will also receive 1 hour of seminar discussion from your TA, and an 30 minute office hour on request.
Research Weeks (8 - 13)
Plan and execute your own research project
Beginning with a research and methodology session, you will then transition into self-directed work. During this research phase of the course, your lecture sessions will become research workshops and your TA sessions will become writing sessions.
This extended structure ensures you will be able to succeed at CCIR while still balancing your existing school work.
Expected Weekly Engagement
session with Oxbridge or Ivy League PhD candidate TA
1-on-1 Office Hour upon request
correspondence and guidance
session with faculty Lecturer
How to Apply
Step 1: Read Course Prospectus
Download the course prospectus, explore the courses on offer, and carefully review the admissions process page.
Step 2: Submit Application Form
After deciding upon which course to apply for, complete and submit the required application form and documentation.
Step 3: Interview
Successful applicants will be invited to an interview with either the course's Teaching Assistant.
During the 15 to 30 minute interview, we'll assess your background, interests, and your ability to think through problems in your field.
Every applicant for the Future Scholar Programme is automatically considered for our CCIR Scholarships based on merit. Last year 48% of admitted students for this program received some form of merit-based scholarship.