Admission & Fees

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Due to coronovirus (COVID-19) we have decided to cancel the 2020 SCR Summer School. Please check back in February for details about the 2021 program.

2021 Strategic Corporate Research Summer School Application - coming february 2021!

The application process, including essays and registration, is done online through the above secure application website. Payments for the program are made by PayPal (through the Cornell Campus Store Billing Services) or by check (payable to Cornell University and sent to the attention of Kate Bronfenbrenner, 262 Ives Faculty Building, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853).


Acceptance to the program is limited and based on space, experience, and qualifications. Because of the combination of limited space and high demand for the course, we urge students to send in their application forms as soon as possible. We also urge applicants to read every question carefully and answer it completely. This is an extremely competitive program and your acceptance is based solely on your application, essays, and references. The closing date for applications is Friday, May 1, 2020, and acceptance letters will be sent by Friday, May 8, 2020. All students interested in attending the program must complete the online application, including a two- to three-page, single-spaced essay explaining why they are interested in attending the program and what they plan to do upon completion of their degree.

Each applicant must have two letters of reference sent directly to Kate Bronfenbrenner by the reference. Letters will be submitted via a secure website, the link to which will be emailed to the references indicated on the application. The letters should speak to as many of the following attributes about the applicant as possible: research and writing aptitude and experience; depth of knowledge and experience relating to strategic corporate research, labor policy, globalization, organizing, bargaining, and comprehensive campaigns; and finally, long-term academic and career goals. 

Registration & Tuition Fees

A non-refundable tuition deposit/registration fee covers all instruction, books, materials, bus passes, opening reception, picnic on Wednesday night, and closing luncheon on Friday.  The payment of the $100 deposit is required for all registrations no later than Friday, May 1, 2020.

Thanks to a generous subsidy from the AFL-CIO, we have been able to greatly reduce the tuition costs of both the regular and advanced tracks of the summer course to well below the rates of other week-long intensive programs.

- Regular track course fee: The regular track fee is $580 for all INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS. Those who work for a union, NGO, or other employers should have their fee paid by their sponsoring employer at the $1085 INSTITUTIONAL rate.

- Advanced track course fee: The tuition for those enrolling in the advanced research paper track is $795 for INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS. Those who work for a union, NGO, or other employers must have their fee covered by their sponsoring employer at the $1535 INSTITUTIONAL rate and are not eligible to apply for the advanced track before their supervisor speaks with the director of the program, Kate Bronfenbrenner, about the tuition rate ($1535) and the summer paper requirements.

Upon admission, tuition fees are due by Wednesday, May 22, 2020. Tuition fees can be paid by credit card (by phone) or by mailing a check to:

2020 Strategic Corporate Research Summer School
262 Ives Faculty Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853


The AFL-CIO is able to provide a limited number of partial and full scholarships to further reduce the cost of tuition. THESE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE ONLY FOR INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS WHO DEMONSTRATE SIGNIFICANT NEED FOR ASSISTANCE AND HAVE A CLEAR COMMITMENT TO WORK IN THE FIELD OF STRATEGIC CORPORATE RESEARCH UPON COMPLETING THE PROGRAM. EMPLOYER-PAID STUDENTS DO NOT QUALIFY. Except in special circumstances, the scholarships do not cover the deposit or transportation.

To apply for a scholarship, you will need to upload an additional two-page essay outlining your presonal reasons for applying for the scholarship and whether or not you plan to pursue a career in strategic corporate research after completion of the course.

Refund Policy

To withdraw from this special program, you must notify the Special Programs office. Your refund amount will be determined by the date on which you notify the director. All $100 deposits are non-refundable after the registration deadline of Friday, May 1, 2020, and your application is under consideration.

If the program is canceled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), your funds will be returned.