Admission & Fees


2019 Strategic Corporate Research Summer School Application

The application process, including essays and registration, is done online through the above secure application website powered by 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).


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 Wednesday, May 1, 2019, and acceptance letters will be sent by Monday, May 6, 2019. 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, either by email ( or by mail (Kate Bronfenbrenner, Director of Labor Education Research, 262 Ives Faculty Building, Cornell University, Ithaca NY 14853). 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 Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

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 $575 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 $1070 INSTITUTIONAL rate.

- Advanced track course fee: The tuition for those enrolling in the advanced research paper track is $790 for INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS. Those who work for a union, NGO, or other employers  must have their fee paid by their sponsoring employer at the $1515 INSTITUTIONAL rate.  Advanced track students are not eligible to apply for the advanced track until their supervisor speaks with the director of the program, Kate Bronfenbrenner, about the tuition rate ($1515) and the summer paper requirements.

Scholarship (For Advanced track students only):

The AFL-CIO will provide a limited number of needs-based scholarships to further reduce the cost of tuition for students taking the advanced track. THESE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE ONLY FOR INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS TAKING THE ADVANCED TRACK and WRITING A RESEARCH PAPER, WHO: DEMONSTRATE SIGNIFICANT NEED FOR ASSISTANCE, HAVE THE QUALIFICATIONS TO COMPLETE THE PROGRAM AND THE PAPER, AND HAVE A CLEAR COMMITMENT TO GO IN THE FIELD OF STRATEGIC CORPORATE RESEARCH UPON COMPLETING THE PROGRAM. EMPLOYER-PAID AND REGULAR STUDENTS DO NOT QUALIFY, nor do students who are not seriously committed to doing the 25-30 page research paper. Except in special circumstances, the scholarships do not cover all of the tuition and do not cover the deposit, housing, or transportation.

To apply for a scholarship, you will need to upload an additional two-page essay outlining your personal reasons for applying for this scholarship, explaining how you are going to make the time commitment to complete the research and the writing within the timeframe allotted, and whether or not you plan to pursue a career in strategic corporate resarch after completion of the course.

Upon admission, tuition fees are due by Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Tuition fees can by paid by credit card (by phone) or by mailing a check to:

2019 Strategic Corporate Research Summer Course
262 Ives Faculty Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

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. Barring special circumstances, all $100 deposits are nonrefundable after the registration deadline of Wednesday, May 1, 2019 and your application is under consideration.