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

The Pipeline Program provides orientation to the academy through a six-week summer research institute at the Graduate Center, CUNY and research projects conducted with a CUNY faculty member. In the summer institute, fellows take a four-credit research seminar in either the social sciences or the humanities designed to introduce them to graduate-level work; in the afternoons they participate in workshops on critical thinking and writing, applying to graduate school, and preparing for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). In the fall semester, fellows attend monthly colloquia at The Graduate Center focused on the graduate admissions process and work in small peer mentoring groups led by MAGNET fellows, Graduate Center Doctoral students who are also from underrepresented groups. In the spring, Pipeline fellows continue to work in these peer-mentoring groups and attend monthly colloquia focused on preparing for life as a graduate student. An important focus of the spring meetings is to help students prepare to present their research in a conference setting. All Pipeline fellows report on their research projects at the annual CUNY Pipeline Conference held at The Graduate Center and submit a thesis based on this research at the end of the academic year.

Pipeline fellows who are accepted into any of the Doctoral programs at The Graduate Center, CUNY 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 thesis. 

Eligibility Requirements

In order to qualify for admission into the CUNY Pipeline Program, a student must:

1. be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident,

2. have an interest in pursuing a career in college teaching and research,

3. have a minimum GPA of 3.2,

4. be scheduled to graduate in the spring of the senior year,

5. be a junior enrolled in one of CUNY’s senior colleges and have earned at least 80 credits, and

6. be a full-time registered student in one of the CUNY senior colleges.

The application deadline is Thursday, Mar. 7, 2013 (postmarked). 

Further information and the application can be found online.

Students who are interested in applying and looking for assistance with their applications may contact Michele Galati in the Career and Scholarship Center (Building 1A, Room 105) at or 718.982.2682.