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Research Fellowships

The Worker Institute offers the following research fellowship opportunities throughout the year.  Visit the student fellows page for more information about our current student fellows and their experiences.

Worker Institute Spring 2015 Fellowships

Deadline Extended: Friday, December 5, 2014
The Worker Institute offers undergraduate research fellowships for both fall and spring semesters. Extensive research experience is not required - the main requirement is a strong interest in one of our research areas - see our website at Our idea is to assign small teams of students (2-3) to work together on specific projects, under the supervision of a faculty member. Worker Institute projects include collaboration between Ithaca-based faculty and our labor extension faculty based in NYC, Rochester and Buffalo, so research opportunities may also include working with faculty in other locations. In some cases, undergraduates will also collaborate with ILR graduate students. Students will work up to 10 hours/week, paid at an hourly rate.

Spring 2015 Application Form 

For more information about the Worker Institute Fall and Spring Fellowships, please contact Professor Kate Griffith at

Worker Institute Summer Fellowship, NYC and Ithaca

The deadline for summer 2014 has passed; 2015 applications will be available in January or February 2015.
Through the Worker Institute's summer fellowship program, 4-6 undergraduate students have the opportunity to work directly with resident and extension faculty on research and other projects.  These paid, full-time fellowships take place in New York City and Ithaca and last approximately 8 weeks during June and July. Student fellows have the unique opportunity to contribute to important projects concerning workers and unions, expand their research skills, learn about the labor movement, potential career paths and interact with faculty, labor leaders and other fellows. 

Summer Fellowship Project Descriptions
Summer Fellowship Application Form 

The Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Research Fellowship, New York City

Established in 1988 in memory of Harry Van Arsdale, Jr., former business manager of IBEW Local 3 and president of the New York City Labor Council, this paid, full-time fellowship is open to one graduate student or graduating senior in the ILR School.  The selected fellow will conduct research related to the history and role of unions in New York City, highlighting the accomplishments and ideals of Harry Van Arsdale, Jr. and their implications for the labor movement today.  Qualified candidates must demonstrate an interest and commitment to labor issues, as well as excellent research skills.  The internship runs June through August in New York City and is supervised by Professor Lois Gray, Jean McKelvey/Alice Grant Professor of Labor Management Relations Emeritus. 

The suggested research topic for 2014 is Labor Unions and Community Alliances.  The fellow is expected to complete research and write a publishable essay.  Former topics include: The New York Hotel Trades Council, Public Sector Collective Bargaining in New York, and Lessons from the Depression for the "Great Recession." The fellowship is funded by the Harry Van Arsdale, Jr. Memorial Association and currently provides a stipend of $7000.

For more information and to apply for the fellowship, please contact Brigid Beachler at

ILR's High Road Summer Fellowships, Buffalo

Deadline (Extended): April 12, 2014
Each summer, 15-20 ILR undergraduates have the opportunity to work in a broad range of labor, social justice, political, and business organizations.    

See full listing of ILR's Student Research Opportunities

For information about student opportunities for internships, contact Ken Margolies at