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Due to the risks associated with large number of student participation under the current threat of Global Pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus, we are cancelling the 11th Annual Undergraduate Research Day Event originally scheduled for Thursday April 30, 2020.


The Pipeline Program provides orientation to the academy through a six-week summer research institute at the Graduate Center and research projects conducted with a CUNY faculty member.

The CUNY Pipeline Program is designed to provide educational and financial support to underrepresented CUNY undergraduates interested in pursuing the Ph.D. in preparation for college-level teaching and advanced research in any discipline except law and medicine. The CUNY Pipeline Program seeks to recruit students from groups currently underrepresented in our nation’s universities.

The CUNY Pipeline Program provides orientation to the academic profession through a six week summer research institute at The Graduate Center and research projects conducted with doctoral faculty. In the summer institute fellows: take a 4-credit research seminar that orients them to academia, participate in workshops on applying to graduate school, and attend workshops in preparation for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Fellows report on their research project at the annual CUNY Pipeline Conference held at The Graduate Center and submit a written senior thesis at the end of the academic year.

For more detailed information on the CUNY Pipeline Program view the attached: Pipeline Program Overview (PDF)

Pipeline fellows who are accepted into any of the Doctoral Programs at the CUNY Graduate Center will receive a tuition waiver for their first year of doctoral study.

Financial Support

CUNY Pipeline Fellows receive $1,500 as a summer stipend, $750 to cover graduate school application fees; $750 for participation in the annual conference; reimbursement of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) fee and another $850 for completion of the senior thesis. A transitional allowance of $1,000 is awarded to students who accept admission into a PhD program.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. An interest in pursuing a career in college teaching and research.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.2.
  3. Students must be scheduled to graduate in Spring of their senior year
  4. Lower Junior enrolled in one of CUNY’s senior colleges who have earned at least 80 credits by the spring of the junior year.
  5. U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  6. Must be a full time registered student in one of the CUNY senior colleges.

Application Deadline

Monday, March 7


Application instructions
Two (2) essays are required for this application. This is an opportunity for you to organize your thoughts and express yourself. You must write two separate 500 word essays (typed and double spaced) on the following two topics. Prepare the essay as either a WORD document or PDF format.

Topic #1: Discuss a diversity issue of local or national concern and its significance to you.

Topic #2: FUTURE PLANS: Discuss your research interests and how you intend to pursue them in graduate school.

MENTOR Information
Each program participant must have a faculty mentor upon entrance to the CUNY Pipeline Program. Download the mentor responsibilities and senior thesis overview documents. Give these documents to your faculty mentor. Have their name, phone number and e-mail address ready before applying. If you have trouble securing a mentor at your campus contact our office and we will help you.



Contact two professors at your home campus who know your work and have them submit letters of recommendation sent directly to the address below or e-mailed to:
CUNY Pipeline Program, The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, Room 8306, New York, NY 10016

Contact the registrar’s office at your home campus and request an official transcript mailed to:
CUNY Pipeline Program, The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, Room 8306, New York, NY 10016

US Citizenship or Permanent Residency
You must bring proof of citizenship or residency when you are called for your personal interview. Documents needed include:



Residency card


Drivers License and Social Security Card

E-mail any questions or concerns to: OEODPMAIL@GC.CUNY.EDU

Remember to include your full name and campus with all e-mail inquiries

Or visit the programs website


Undergraduate Research

Ratan Dhar

Zahra Alkaifi
Office Coordinator

Academic Core 3E07B

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