The CUNY Program Pipeline is dedicated to overcoming many of the barriers students from underrepresented groups confront. Let's face it,'re a unique individual so it may not be the right fit for you. That's ok. Don't let that stop you from pursuing a graduate degree. Awareness and knowledge of what graduate school is "all about" and how diversity and higher education intersect is perhaps the best prescription for success in your academic career.

Below are resources to help you build on that knowledge. If you know of any that could be helpful, let us know.

We're also working on a Frequently Asked Questions page. Check it out, but keep in mind it is a work in progress and it's also advice...not rules or regulations or anything official. 


Graduate Study for the Twenty-First Century: How to Build an Academic Career in the Humanities

Graduate Study for the Twenty-First Century: How to Build an Academic Career in the Humanities
by Gregory Colón Semenza

Many graduate students continue to be regarded as "apprentices" despite the fact that they are expected to design and teach their own classes, serve on university committees, and conference and publish regularly. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the attrition rate for American Ph.D. programs is at an all-time high, between 40% and 50% (higher for women and minorities). Of those who finish, only one in three will secure tenure-track jobs. These statistics highlight waste: of millions of dollars by universities and of time and energy by students. Rather than teaching graduate students how to be graduate students, then, the guide prepares them for what they really seek: a successful academic career.


This Fine Place So Far From Home
These autobiographical and analytical essays by a diverse group of professors and graduate students from working-class families reveal an academic world in which "blue-collar work is invisible." Describing conflict and frustration, the contributors expose a divisive middle-class bias in the university setting. Many talk openly about how little they understood about the hierarchy and processes of higher education, while others explore how their experiences now affect their relationships with their own students. They all have in common the anguish of choosing to hide their working-class background, to keep the language of home out of the classroom and the ideas of school away from home. These startlingly personal stories highlight the fissure between a working-class upbringing and the more privileged values of the institution.


Degrees of Inequality: Culture, Class and Gender in American Higher Education
by Ann L. Mullen

Reveals the powerful patterns of social inequality in American higher education by analyzing how the social background of students shapes nearly every facet of the college experience.

Even as the most prestigious institutions claim to open their doors to students from diverse backgrounds, class disparities remain. Just two miles apart stand two institutions that represent the stark class contrast in American higher education. Yale, an elite Ivy League university, boasts accomplished alumni, including national and world leaders in business and politics. Southern Connecticut State University graduates mostly commuter students seeking credential degrees in fields with good job prospects.

Moving interviews with 100 students at the two institutions highlight how American higher education reinforces the same inequities it has been aiming to transcend.



Summer Research Opportunity Programs (SROPs)

Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques

Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute

Rutgers Project L/EARN - an awesome program for students interested in medical research!

Hunter College has put together an amazing list of SROPs at

and Brooklyn College has a great list too at


Funding Opportunities

NYC Teaching Fellows

Baruch College has a great list of scholarships at

Grad School Application Fee Reimbursement