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Our Summer Pathways program provides hands-on research training to first-generation students and under-represented minority undergraduates and recent graduates interested in studying migration and who are considering pursuing a doctorate degree.

Applications are now closed for the 2022 Summer Pathways program.


Hybrid, July 25 to August 4, 2022

Participants will gain research skills, higher education networks, and practical knowledge about the graduate application process and PhD life. The objective of the Summer Pathways program is to contribute to shaping just futures in higher education through the study of racism, migration, and dispossession.

This fully funded summer program will be one and a half weeks. Over the course of the program, we will:

  • Expose students to research questions and methods at the intersection of racism, dispossession, and migration
  • Pioneer new, innovative, and creative ways of conducting research
  • Provide hands-on, engaged research experience, professional development, and leadership training
  • Make graduate research and education accessible to the next generation of historically underrepresented students

Each participant will receive personalized mentorship and access to interdisciplinary workshops on qualitative and quantitative research methods, research presentations from Cornell faculty and other academics, social networking, and preparation for graduate school applications. To wrap up the program, all participants will present their research and reflections. 

For the four days of in-person programming on the Cornell campus, the Summer Pathways program will provide housing and dining, materials, and any program excursion costs. 


July 25–27 Virtual research training and workshopping
July 28–29 Virtual consultations while conducting research and completing homework assignments 
July 29–31 Students travel to Cornell campus
August 1–4 In-person programming, including professional development, guest speakers, and social events


Open to current undergraduate students or those who have graduated from an undergraduate program within the past five years. You do not need to be a Cornell student or alum.

Applicants may be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or non-U.S. citizens (including documented and undocumented individuals).

All eligible participants will receive a $2,000 stipend upon successful program completion. There are some limitations to stipend payments to foreign nationals and undocumented individuals; please contact us regarding your ability to receive a stipend.

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How to Apply

Submit your application materials, including:

  • One-page statement of interest letter that expresses your:
    • Research interests
    • Why you want to enroll in this program
    • What you hope to get out of this program
  • Résumé with a list of research experience
  • Two reference letters from people you have worked with in a research setting
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Sample of work in any format (writing, coursework, multimedia, blog, podcast, video, etc.)