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Summer Pathways provides hands-on research training to undergraduates and recent graduates from underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in pursuing migration studies in graduate school.

We especially encourage you to apply if you are a first-generation student, regardless of your legal status. 


This year's Summer Pathways program will be entirely in person on the Cornell University Main Campus in Ithaca. As a participant, you will gain research skills, higher education networks, and practical knowledge about the graduate application process and graduate school life.

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. 

The program is fully funded, and we will provide housing and dining on campus, materials, and any program excursion costs. 


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 $4,000 stipend upon successful program completion. Travel to and from the Ithaca campus is not included.

There are some limitations to stipend payments to foreign nationals and undocumented individuals; please contact us regarding your ability to receive a stipend. Or, if paying for your travel in advance of receiving the stipend at the conclusion of the program presents a financial hardship, please contact us.

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