Summer Institute on Migration Research Methods (SIMRM)


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.


All application instructions and requirements are listed in the PDF annoucement (located on the main Summer Institutes webpage).

Inquiries can be sent to Jennifer Van Hook at

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


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