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Applications for Summer 2024 open November 28, 2023*. 

We hope to see you next year.

About the program

Make a place

Cornell ILR’s extension history begins with Buffalo. Since 1946, ILR has played a vital role in the region, working in partnership with businesses, unions, government, education and community organizations to build an economy that works for all. High Road Fellowships were launched in 2009 as a new way to connect students with practitioners with local leaders who were driving change in the local economy. 

Make it work

Through the High Road, fellows are in Buffalo for eight weeks in June and July. They earn a $4800 for 300 hours over the course of the summer. Fellows work with their host organizations on an individual project Monday through Thursday and then participate in group programming on Fridays with workshops, panel discussion, and tours around the city. Explore the 2024 High Road Placements before applying. *Be sure in your application to note if you are open to any placement and if you do have particular preferences, why you are interested in/suited for that particular place or project.

Make it happen

The 2024 program will run June 3th – July 26th, in-person.  Group housing in a vibrant neighborhood in Buffalo will be facilitated for every High Road Fellow with access to public transportation, bike share, and/or a secure parking lot for a personal automobile.

A required one-credit pre-course, ILR 3052 Community Controlled Economic Development: The Case of Buffalo NY, will be held in the spring semester with dates to be announced.

An application, resume, and transcript are required. This fellowship is run through the ILR School but is open to non-ILR students.

Applications for Summer 2024 will open November 28, 2023* and close February 10, 2024.


Does Cornell pay for housing? No. Students pay for their own housing (approx $700/month). Some students have received housing support through other scholarships offered by other departments/organizations/affiliations. 


Email High Road Program Coordinator Kricky Ksiazek,