Please note:

The 2021 WHO/Cochrane/Cornell University Summer Institute for Systematic Reviews in Nutrition for Global Policy Making will be offered in a virtual format beginning in April, 2021. The team has reviewed applicants to the 2020 Summer Institute (which was canceled due to pandemic restrictions), and accepted applicants will receive an email on March 1 with further information. We look forward to welcoming you to the 2021 Summer Institute in a new format that we believe will be effective training!

If you are interested in attending the program, please submit the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of interest stating the following:
    • Your area of interest
    • Whether you will work on an existing protocol (to be assigned by organizers prior to arrival at the Institute), or whether you wish to propose a topic (if you intend to propose a topic, please describe how you will identify collaborators)
    • Sponsorship/mentor approval (intended source of payment)
    • Commitment to complete a review and a description of the skills you bring to the workshop and your goals in attending
    • Financial support that will be provided to you and by whom
    • Have you previously applied to the Summer Institute? If so, when and what was the decision?
    • Names of two colleagues providing a letter of reference for you
  • Reference letters may submitted by referees, OR uploaded by the applicant on the writers' behalf, through our online system. These letters should specifically address your research and technical skills, and your readiness for the Institute. (Note: if you include your letters of reference within your application packet, as opposed to uploading them separately, you may receive an automated message reminding you to submit reference letters. Please feel free to contact us at to confirm that your application packet has been received in its entirety, however, we check each weekday and will personally confirm receipt of your materials and inform you when your application is complete.)

Applications are submitted via our online system*, which is now closed.

*note, the online application system for the Institute is managed through Academic Programs Online. Please contact us at if you have any questions regarding the application process.

The program charge in 2021 will be revised given the online format, and will be shared with participants in letters of acceptance. The registration fee includes advance preparation, access to all course materials, course instruction, access to the library resources and access to the virtual platform. The cost of the Institute in 2021 does not include housing, meals, transportation or lodging because the Institute will be conducted in a fully remote format.

If you are accepted to the Institute, further registration information will be forthcoming and you will then be provided with links to complete payment and to access the virtual platform.

WHO Cochrane Cornell Summer Institute, Contact Information

Patricia A. Cassano, PhD
Professor & Director, Division of Nutritional Sciences
The Alan Mathios Professor
Professor, Weill Cornell Medicine, Department of Population Health Sciences, Division of Epidemiology
127 Savage Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
+1 607.255.8001 (phone), +1 607.255.2691 (fax)