Cornell University

Service Learning & Action Research Fellowships for ILR Students
in Buffalo, NY 

Scenes from 2011 High Road Program

Imagine a summer...
grassroots economic development...urban revitalization...small business development...labor-community alliances...poverty alleviation...the green economy...civic engagement...public economic policy...quality job creation...creative culture and the new economy

...working in Buffalo's living laboratory

Since 2009, this fellowship program has provided opportunities for ILR students to participate as a group in research, active learning and service in community-based economic development in Buffalo.

Undergoing dynamic reinvention, Buffalo is home to an a rich array of creative organizations tackling rust belt challenges. Students will learn about and contribute to vibrant local innovation by working with nonprofit organizations, government officials, business and labor advocates focused on revitalizing the metro Buffalo economy. Affordable group housing is available for students not from the area.

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Scenes from the High Road

3/27/14: Deadline for applications extended to April 12, 2014. A limited number of fellowships are still available for this summer. Interested students can read more about individual projects and find the application through the Apply section of the site. Staff will also be at the Social Justice Career Fair on Thursday, April 10 to meet with applicants and answer questions.

1/28/2014: Announcing revised project descriptions, including a new opportunity with Open Buffalo. Open Buffalo is an an unprecedented collaboration among a diverse group of partners; and it is one of three projects in the nation chosen for the Open Places Initiative of the Open Society Foundations.

11/29/2013 Announcing the 2014 High Road Fellowship Program.

11/25/2013 Read all about what the High Road Fellows accomplished this past summer in the 2013 High Road Record.

Meet the2013 High Road Fellows
2013 Fellows at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies Conference

Ezra Magazine VOL. V NO. 2, WINTER 2013:

Living laboratory: On the High Road in Buffalo

'2012 Fellows at the Nash House Museum