The UC Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative is delighted to host the 3rd annual Summer Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods (SIMRM). The Summer Institute was supposed to be held at the University of California, Berkeley campus, in May 2020, but has been moved to the summer of 2021 due to the global Coronavirus pandemic. The Institute is organized and directed by Irene Bloemraad (UCB) and Jennifer Van Hook (Pennsylvania State University). The costs for participation, airfare, accommodation and meals for the duration of the program will be covered by the Summer Institute, which is made possible thanks to the generous 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 2021 program will focus on: (1) conceptualizing, measuring and imputing legal status in migration studies; (2) studying immigration through social media and computational analysis; and (3) current frontiers in research on migration and health. The institute will also include sessions on research ethics and professionalization. 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 1, 2020**
2) Start a new "Summer Institute" application and select “Migration Research Methods.”
3) Submit the following documents:
Complete applications must be received by February 10, 2020. Organizers will notify applicants solely through e-mail by mid-March and will ask selected applicants to confirm their participation shortly thereafter.
Inquiries can be sent to the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Technical questions about the application portal (Fluxx) can be sent to email@example.com.
See for more information the full call for applications.
2020 Application FAQ