Please note:
The 2024 WHO/Cochrane/Cornell University Summer Institute for Systematic Reviews in Nutrition for Global Policy Making begins with two online weeks, at your own pace and according to your own schedule, and concludes with an immersive in-person week at Cornell University. All work is in July 2024. The first step is to submit an application. Once you are accepted, you will be invited to register for the program.

Once you are accepted to the Institute, you will receive notification and further details about registration in April. We will require you to register for the program, including completing payment, and your acceptance letter will provide you with detailed instructions on the steps. 

Briefly, the steps in the registration process are: 

  1. Complete the registration process through Cornell Conferences Services using the link provided in your acceptance letter
  2. Be ready to provide payment at the time of registration, communicate any questions on payment to
  3. Complete a short biography for the Institute directory and register for a Cornell University NetID, following directions in your acceptance letter
  4. Before June 1, 2024, you will be invited to complete one pre-Institute information session to learn more about how to access Institute materials, to discuss review topics and to hear more about the plan for working in groups
  5. Once systematic review groups are assigned you are encouraged to meet at least once before the Summer Institute starts to meet the group and discuss the Systematic Review status

Please visit the main page of the Institute for instructions on how to apply.

Registration Fees: 
The general fee per participant for registration for the Summer Institute is USD $2500. 

The registration fee includes advance preparation, access to all course materials, course instruction, access to the library resources, access to Cornell’s Statistical Consulting Unit advisors, access to the virtual platform, coffee breaks, the welcome tour, the opening reception and the closing dinner. Information about costs will be added to the website in January, please check back for more information.

As described below, participants from Low-middle-income countries (LMIC) and Upper-middle-income countries (UMIC) may apply for a scholarship if they meet the delineated criteria. For participants who are affiliated with Institute partners, including Cornell DNS, Cochrane and the WHO, further discounts will apply and these applicants should indicate their affiliation in the application.  

Estimating the cost of Housing and Meals:
Housing and the majority of meals are not included in the registration fee, but the Institute registration fee does include a social tour, an opening reception, coffee breaks twice/day, and a closing dinner.

Housing is in single occupancy rooms available in the Cornell Town Houses located on north campus and approximately 15 min walking distance from the Summer Institute site. Each room is approximately $120/night and each townhouse has 2 bedrooms, a living/dining room and a kitchen. All townhouses are close to dining options on north campus, specifically Morrison Hall, which is Cornell’s newest eating establishment offering a wide range of options. Participants are not required to stay in the campus housing, but the majority of participants typically do opt for the campus housing given proximity to the Institute building, ease of arrangement, and proximity to the dining facilities. If you wish, you may instead choose from hotels and/or any other housing options in Ithaca, but you must carefully consider transportation options to and from campus. Participants typically use campus dining options for meals, with approximate costs of USD $44/day to cover breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Accommodations have cooking facilities available. Participants are responsible for their own transportation costs, including flight tickets, taxis or buses.

A limited number of scholarships for participants from low- and middle-income countries are available to help cover registration, travel, accommodation, and/or other expenses associated with participating in the WHO Cochrane Cornell Summer Institute 2024.

Funds are limited, so applicants should explore partial or full funding options from other sources, such as your institution or available grants.

Scholarship criteria:

Individuals who wish to apply for a scholarship must be:

  • Permanent residents (living and working in) in low-, lower-middle- and upper-middle-income countries as defined by the World Bank.
  • Able to attend the entire Summer Institute 2024. Ensure that the Institute dates do not conflict with any other commitment you may have and that your employer agrees to release time to allow you to attend the Institute and continue working on systematic reviews after completing the Institute.

Partial funding: to be able to fund as many people as possible to attend the Summer Institute, our preference is to provide partial support only. Your chances of receiving a scholarship are higher if you can cover part of the costs from other sources (for example, travel, meals, registration, or accommodation).

Persons temporarily based in high-income countries: applications from residents of low- and middle-income countries that are currently based in a high-income country may be considered on a case-by-case basis if the stay is clearly limited to a specific period and the applicant does not receive a salary. 

Assessment of scholarship request:

Applicants will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Anticipated gains from attending the Summer Institute
  • Ability to raise partial funds to support attending
  • Recommendations from people in your institution that address the relevance and the institutional value of your participation in the Summer Institute

If you have already applied and wish to amend your application to include the information above, please send an email to

What costs are covered?

Funds may be available for one or more of the following:

  • Travel to and from Ithaca, NY (at the level of the most economical return fare from your location)
  • Accommodation at Cornell campus townhouses during the in-person week
  • Summer Institute Registration fee

Further help

If you require assistance with your application, please contact

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 gain access to the virtual platform.

WHO Cochrane Cornell Summer Institute, Contact Information

Patricia A. Cassano, PhD
The Alan D. Mathios Professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences
Professor, Division of Epidemiology, Department of Population Health Sciences, Weill Cornell Medical
3310 MVR Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
+1 607.255.7551 (phone)