How do I apply to the WHO Cochrane Cornell Summer Institute?

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 writers, 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 for the 2020 session 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 2020 is $1,800 which includes advance preparation, course materials, course instruction, access to the library and internet services, opening reception, closing banquet, daily morning and afternoon coffee breaks, and a weekend group activity. Housing is billed separately and is described below.

Double occupancy housing in townhouse apartments at a rate of ~$62/night.

  • Participants will typically book housing for 13 nights (arrive Sunday, the day before the first day of the course; depart Saturday, the day following the last day of the course), thus the total charge is about $800.
  • Single rooms are available for an additional $30/night, thus at a rate of $92/night.

Meal cards are available for purchase, providing access to dining halls near the townhouse apartments, however, a meal card does not offer a savings of cost and any unused amounts are non-refundable.

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 online reservation for housing.

WHO Cochrane Cornell Summer Institute, Contact Information

Patricia A. Cassano, PhD
Professor & Director, Division of Nutritional Sciences
Professor, Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, Weill Cornell Medical College
127 Savage Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
+1 607.255.8001 (phone), +1 607.255.2691 (fax)