The Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques, housed at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research (ISR), supports U-M President Mark Schlissel’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Strategic Planning Initiative.

The Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques (SISRT) is a teaching program of the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research on the campus of the University of Michigan.

2021 Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques Diversity Fellowship

The Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques (SISRT) is committed to advancing the University’s Diversity, Equity and, Inclusion goals.  The 3rd Annual Diversity Fellowship Program will be offered as part of the 2021 Summer Institute program.  This opportunity will consist of a two-week program (June 14-25, 2021) geared toward upper-level undergraduates from the University of Michigan and other colleges and institutions from around the country.  Applicants who are considering graduate school in quantitative social science fields will be given strong preference.  This program will provide a broad overview of the field of survey methodology. We hope the program will encourage interest in graduate studies in the Michigan Program in Survey Methodology.

The 2021 Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques Diversity Fellowship Program will take place June 14-25, 2021 from 12:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Standard Time.  All courses will be offered in an alternative remote format.

Candidates should be an undergraduate and meet one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Come from educational, cultural or geographic backgrounds that are underrepresented in survey methodology in the United States or the University of Michigan;
  2. Have demonstrated sustained commitment to diversity in the academic, professional, or civic realm through their work experience, volunteer engagement, or leadership of student or community organizations to reduce social, educational or economic disparities; and/or
  3. Have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances.
  4. Will be the first generation in their families to graduate from a 4-year college.

Week 1:  Survey Methodology for Undergraduates – Monday-Friday June 14-18, 2021, 12:00pm-3:00EST.

This week will introduce the science behind survey research. Our primary goal is to share our excitement about survey methodology as a research field. In this course, we focus on principles and theories as opposed to a strictly hands on approach to creating surveys.

Week 2:  Informational and Research Presentations – Monday-Friday, June 21-25, 2021, 12:00pm-3:00pmEST.

The week will offer informational seminars on the Institute for Social Research, Michigan Program in Survey Methodology with a special focus on presentations from expert research faculty from within the Institute in the social science fields.  The final day of the program will be reserved for participants to present a final project.

Fellowship recipients will receive funding to cover fees for enrollment in specified Summer Institute coursework (not for credit).

Early submission of application and supplementary materials is encouraged.  There are a limited number of fellowships available, and they will be awarded to qualified applicants as completed applications are reviewed.

To maximize the size of our cohort and provide the best possible experience for all, it is important that each applicant be committed to attend this educational opportunity.  To this end, if you are selected for the fellowship, your written acceptance of the offer with a deposit of $50 is required to secure the fellowship in the 2021 Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques Diversity Fellowship program.  If you choose to withdraw after May 15, 2021, the $50 deposit is non-refundable.  If you attend the program, your deposit will be refunded upon completion of the program.

2021 Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques Diversity Fellowship Application

At the University of Michigan, our dedication to academic excellence for the public good is inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is central to our mission as an educational institution to ensure that each member of our community has full opportunity to thrive in our environment, for we believe that diversity is key to individual flourishing, educational excellence and the advancement of knowledge.

—President Schlissel’s Charge to the U-M Community for a Strategic Planning Process on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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