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Mexican Migration Field Research Program (MMFRP)

The Mexican Migration Field Research Program (MMFRP) is a nationally and internationally renowned academic program housed at the University of California, San Diego. The program:

  • Trains the next generation of immigrant advocates, giving them substantive expertise on international migration and advanced skills in data collection and analysis
  • Expands our knowledge of the consequences of migration and forced displacement, using fieldwork-based, binational, team research
  • Disseminates its findings through publications, web-based reports and briefings for public officials and the mass media

During the year-long program, approximately 35 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate on an interdisciplinary, multinational research team. Through coursework and time in the field, students develop skills to collect and analyze both qualitative and quantitative data using established methods from the social sciences. The classroom component of MMFRP consists of a sequence of courses in which students learn about international migration, field research methods, and academic writing. Participants also spend a minimum of nine days in the field gathering data. The program satisfies international fieldwork and practicum requirements and makes up most of the Human Rights & International Migration minor. 

Participation in MMFRP is by application only and Spanish proficiency is required. Applications open in June for the following year and are accepted on a rolling basis until the start of fall quarter. For more information and eligibility see (and click "Apply" to apply).

Established in 2004, the MMFRP has been recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the nation’s most innovative efforts, in any field, to create undergraduate research opportunities at a major research university. It provides hands-on research training and fieldwork experiences in both Mexico and the United States. Participants gather policy-relevant data on issues related to migration between the U.S. and Mexico, author papers based on the field data they gather, and present their findings to academics, policy-makers, NGO leaders, and journalists in both countries.