Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods (June 17-28, 2018)

Deadline: Friday, February 23, 2018

From the evening of Sunday, June 17 to the morning of Thursday, June 28, 2018, the Russell Sage Foundation will sponsor the first Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods, to be held at University of California Berkeley. The purpose of the Summer Institute is to train a new generation of U.S. migration researchers to leverage existing datasets and learn best-practices for rigorous, new data-collection projects, as well as to provide instruction in cutting edge methodologies particularly relevant to the study of mobile populations. The Summer Institute welcomes applicants from all of the social sciences. The co-organizers and principal faculty of the Summer Institute are Irene Bloemraad (University of California Berkeley) and Jennifer Van Hook (Pennsylvania State University).

The instructional program will involve lectures, as well as individual and group projects. The institute will draw from local and national experts from various disciplines, including sociology, economics, demography and political science. Topics covered will include (1) collecting, imputing and analyzing data related to legal status; (2) best practices and new methods for surveying and modeling the movement of immigrant and mobile populations; and (3) the use of new data sources (e.g., web scraping, social media data) in migration studies. More details about the summer institute’s program will be published on the Summer Institute’s website. There will be ample opportunities for students to discuss their ideas and research with the organizers, other participants, and visiting speakers. Because we are committed to open and reproducible research, a range of instructional materials created by faculty and students for the Summer Institute will be made public.

Participation is restricted to Ph.D. students, postdoctoral researchers, and untenured faculty within 5 years of receiving their Ph.D. Most participant costs during the workshop, including housing and most meals, will be covered, and most travel expenses will be reimbursed up to a set cap. We expect that about 30 participants will be invited. Accepted applicants must agree to attend all sessions of the eight-day program.

Applications must be submitted through the online application portal. Interested applicants must complete the application form and submit (1) An abstract (max. 100 words) of a planned, ongoing or completed research projects which is most relevant to the aims of this summer institute; (2) A motivation letter explaining how the applicant will benefit from the summer institute (2 pages max.); (3) A 3-5-page resume; (4) A writing sample (approximately 25 pages); and (5) for students, grade transcripts (unofficial student copies okay). All applications must include an e-mail and an alternative means of contact (e.g., phone number).

We anticipate a large pool of highly qualified applicants and plan to make final decisions quickly, so applications must be received by the deadline – no extensions will be granted. Complete applications must be received through the online application portal by Friday, February 23.  We will notify applicants solely through e-mail by end of March, and will ask participants to confirm their participation very soon thereafter. Inquiries can be sent to Please mention “Inquiry Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods” in the subject line or check the summer institute’s website for regular updates.

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