CER Summer Workshop

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University of California, Berkeley

Center for Ethnographic Research

Summer Workshop in Qualitative Research Methods

July 6 -August 13, 2021 - offered remotely this summer!

Offered with support from the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

and Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues

The workshop is full for 2021 - check back in early 2022

Participants in 2019 Summer Workshop



The Center for Ethnographic Research (CER) Summer Workshop provides mentorship, hands-on research experience, and advanced training in designing and executing a project using qualitative methods for motivated undergraduates and beginning graduate students.  The CER Summer Workshop will provide students with six weeks of intensive accelerated methodological training in the design and practice of qualitative methods in weekly seminars taught by an advanced graduate student. The topics in the seminars include the following:

  • The Logic and Practice of Qualitative Research Design
  • Participant Observation
  • In-Depth Interviewing
  • Qualitative Data Analysis

In addition to these group meetings, each participant will meet individually with the instructor and receive feedback on research project development and design.  

During the CER workshop, students develop an empirical research project proposal for an honors thesis, masters thesis, advanced methods class, scholarly article, or conference presentation. In this process, students develop hands-on research and logistical experience and receive structure and guidance in the development of an independent and original project. Students will walk away with a refined 6-page research proposal for an honors thesis, masters thesis, graduate school, or fellowship application. They will also gain first-hand experience in qualitative research data collection and analysis methods through a collective research project conducted during the six weeks of the workshop.

There will be approximately six hours/week of virtual group meetings (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9AM-11AM Pacific Time). In addition, participants are expected to meet weekly with the graduate mentor on their individual projects. Participants should expect to spend about 20 hours per week in seminars, meetings, and completing assignments.

Application Process and Deadline  

The workshop is full for 2021 - check back in early 2022 for more info on next year's workshop

To apply, please complete this online application. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis; we will notify you within three weeks of your application.

More information.

Please note, we also have a one week intensive workshop for advanced graduate students, faculty, and professionals.

Still have questions? Contact cer@berkeley.edu 510 642-0813

Center for Ethnographic Research
2420 Bowditch Street #5670
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-5670
TEL: 510.642.0813
FAX: 510.642.8674
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