CUNY Pipeline Program


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 Ph.D. in preparation for college-level teaching and advanced research.  The Program accepts students in any discipline except law, business and medicine.

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.  In the summer institute, fellows take a research seminar in either the Social Sciences or the Humanities designed to introduce them to graduate-level work and research skills. They also participate in workshops on critical thinking and writing and applying to graduate school.

Pipeline Fellows also attend a GRE (Graduate Record Examination) preparation course during the summer institute. All necessary booklets and materials are provided.  Instructors of the GRE course review the subject areas covered on the tests, supervise students as they do the practice test, review all materials, and recommend strategies for taking the examinations at the end of the summer. GRE Subject Tests are not covered.

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 project 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.

For more detailed information on the CUNY Pipeline Program view the attached: Pipeline Program Overview (PDF).
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.
  6. Be a full-time registered student in one of the CUNY senior colleges.

Application Deadline:  March 7

Application Instructions

Two (2) essays are required in order for the selection committee to assess your suitability for the Pipeline Program. You must write a separate 500-word essay (typed and double spaced) on each of the following 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 own research interests and how you came to develop these interests.  Was there a specific course or project that made you realize you want to teach and do research at the college level? How do you intend to pursue these interests in graduate school?

Mentor Information
Each program participant must have a faculty mentor (usually a professor from the home campus) upon entrance to the CUNY Pipeline Program. Download the mentor responsibilities and thesis overview documents. Give these documents to your faculty mentor. Have their name, phone number and email address ready before applying. If you have trouble securing a mentor at your campus, contact our office and we will help you.

Online Application Form

Letters of recommendation: Download form
Contact two professors at your home campus who know your work and have them submit letters of recommendation directly to the address below or have them emailed 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 one of the following

  • Passport or
  • Residency card or
  • Drivers License and Social Security Card

Email any questions or concerns to:

Remember to include your full name and campus with all email inquiries.

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