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The 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).  

For additional information, please email: 

Abigail L. Andrews, Program Director & Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, 

(Applications for 2022-23 due date: Saturday, September 10, 2022)

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduates enroll in a series of three courses:

•       SOCI 125: Sociology of Immigrration   (fall – 4 units): 

•       SOCI 188: Field Work in Migrant Communities (winter – 8 units): 

•       SOCI 109M: Research Reporting (spring – 4 units): 

Graduate students enroll in a series of three courses: Please note, enrollment is approved by Latin American Studies Gradaute Coordinator once accepted into the MMFRP. 

  • LATI 222A Field Research Methods for Migration Studies: Seminar (4) (fall)
  • LATI 222B Field Research Methods for Migration Studies: Practicum (12) (winter)
  • LATI 222C Field Research Methods for Migration Studies: Data Analysis (4) (spring)

Graduate Students

Latin American Studies MA students can participate in an in-depth, hands-on research experience through the Mexican Migration Field Research Program (MMFRP). Call for applications will be sent out in Spring for the following year.


•       LATI 222A  (fall – 4 units): Field Research Methods for Migration Studies: Seminar (4)

•       LATI 222B (winter – 12 units): Field Research Methods for Migration Studies: Practicum (12)

•       LATI 222C  (spring – 4 units): Field Research Methods for Migration Studies: Data Analysis (4)

Participation in all three quarters is mandatory, although exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Spanish proficiency is highly recommended. 

*Courses can be upgraded to LATI 298: Directed Reading and can be counted as part of the elective courses for Latin American Studies MA degree.

Scholarships are available to cover travel and other expenses during fieldwork. For detailed information about the program's conditions and requirements, interested students should seek orientation from the Latin American Studies Student Affairs Coordinator. 

MMFRP Public Scholars

The UCSD Public Scholars Award was launched in 2012 by the Center on Global Justice to enable well-respected leaders from community-based organizations in the San Diego-Tijuana region to engage in partnerships with faculty and students from UCSD. This program was designed to acknowledge the investments our partners and their clients make when working with UCSD students and faculty, as a matter of equity and respect. Universities benefit from the knowledge, social capital, physical spaces, and time of community partners, and we are ethically responsible for recognizing these contributions to campus research, teaching, and service efforts. In 2021, we began extending this award to partners of the Mexican Migration Field Research Program, to help us develop projects together and find innovative ways of exchanging experiences and knowledges. This “meeting of knowledges” enables the university to engage more ethically, elevating the public scholars as ambassadors for their communities inside the campus, helping to critically frame the challenges that need to be prioritized in the construction of new educational and research agendas.