Summer Institute on Migration Research Methods (SIMRM)

July 25 - August 2, University of California, Berkeley

Application Deadline: March 1, 2022

The UC Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative is delighted to host the Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods (SIMRM), to be held at the University of California, Berkeley campus from July 25-August 2, 2022. The Institute is organized and directed by Irene Bloemraad (UCB) and Jennifer Van Hook (Pennsylvania State University). It is made possible by funding from the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Russell Sage Foundation.

The 10-day workshop will train up to 28 graduate students, early-career researchers and beginning faculty in best-practices and in methodologies especially relevant to the study of immigration and migrant populations. The 2022 program will focus on understanding and modelling migrant flows, with particular attention to forced and climate migration, as well as their intersections with health and development. We will tackle research on migrant flows from multiple data and modelling approaches, such as the use of big data, social network models, agent-based models, and mixed-method team projects. The Summer Institute will also include sessions on research ethics – from data ethics to best practices for international partnerships – and professionalization. Participants are expected to have some training in quantitative methods, which will be the primary focus, but we also encourage applications from qualitative researcher who are or plan to work on team projects with quantitative social scientists or STEM colleagues and want further training.

Each day of the institute includes a mixture of instructional lectures and hands-on practical instruction or discussion and it reserves time for feedback on participants’ work.

Participation is restricted to Ph.D. students, postdoctoral or early-career researchers, and untenured faculty within 5 years from 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 humanities (including 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. There are no restrictions based on citizenship, country of study, or country of employment. Those who might not otherwise be eligible for support under federal funding guidelines will be supported through the generosity of the Russell Sage Foundation.

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

  1. Create an account or log in to your existing account. **Allow up to 48 hours for a new account to be approved; please register by February 25, 2022**
  2. Start a new "Summer Institute" application and select “Migration Research Methods.”
  3. Submit the following documents:
  1. a motivation letter explaining your current research, how it relates to the Institute’s 2020 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. For Ph.D. students only: an (unofficial) grade transcript

Complete applications must be received by March 1, 2022. Organizers will notify applicants solely through e-mail by mid-April and will ask selected applicants to confirm their participation shortly thereafter. 

Inquiries can be sent to the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative at

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


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