Summer Institute on Migration Research Methods (SIMRM)

Application Deadline: TBC


The co-organizers and principal faculty are Irene Bloemraad (University of California, Berkeley) and Jennifer Van Hook (Pennsylvania State University). The program accepts about 30 participants. Most participant costs during the institute, including housing and most meals, are covered, and travel expenses are reimbursed up to a set cap.

Each day of the institute includes a mixture of instructional lectures and hands-on practical instruction or discussion, including conversations about professionalization, and it reserves time for individualized feedback on participants’ work.  An interdisciplinary team of guest instructors will join the directors in training participants in (1) ethics and best practices for mixed methods research design; (2) estimating causal relationships in research on immigrants and immigration policy; and (3) the use of administrative and linked, longitudinal data sources to study change over time and across generations. The institute’s last day will also include sessions on how to increase the impact of research by translating findings for policy discussions and the public. There are ample opportunities for students to discuss their ideas and research with the organizers, other participants, and visiting speakers.


Participation is restricted to Ph.D. students, postdoctoral researchers, and untenured faculty within 5 years of receiving their Ph.D. who do empirical research on migration. It is open to researchers in the social sciences, professional schools (e.g., Education, Public Policy), or digital humanities who have sufficient training and background to succeed.

The primary recruitment pool is universities, but the Institute welcomes applications from researchers in government or non-profit organizations.

Application Requirements

Applications must be submitted via the RSF online application portal, Fluxx.

  1. Create an account or log in to your existing account. **Account registrations are approved manually, please allow up to 48 hours for a new account to be approved**
  2. Start a new "Summer Institute" application and select “Migration Research Methods.”
  3. Submit the following documents:
    1. a statement of interest: a motivation letter explaining your current research, how it relates to the Institute’s 2019 training priorities and how attending the Summer Institute will advance your research;
    2. a research abstract (N.B: this is a brief text on the application, not a document upload);
    3. a 3-5 page CV;
    4. a writing sample (10-35 pages) – this can be an extended grant application (e.g., NSF Dissertation Improvement grant), a published paper, an in-progress dissertation or manuscript chapter.
    5. For Ph.D. student only: an (unofficial) grade transcript.

Inquiries can be sent to Jennifer Van Hook at

Technical questions about the application portal (Fluxx) can be sent to


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