Visiting Scholars Programs

IRP-Supported | Self-Supported | About the Scholars

The Institute for Research on Poverty has three programs to facilitate interaction among a broad range of social science scholars: the first is targeted at U.S.-based scholars from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and includes IRP financial support; the second is targeted at food assistance and food insecurity researchers and includes support from IRP and the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture; and the third is open to visitors working on poverty-related research who have their own funding, for limited or longer-term stays.

Calls for applications for the IRP-supported programs are released in April each year with a mid-June deadline; applications for self-supported scholars are accepted year round.

IRP-Supported Visiting Scholars Programs

The application deadline for the two IRP-supported visiting scholars programs for the 2014–2015 academic year is June 16, 2014.

Poverty Researchers from Underrepresented Groups

Call for Visiting Scholar Applications for 2014–2015 Academic Year (deadline 6/16/2014)

Scholar Profiles

The Institute for Research on Poverty invites applications from U.S.-based social science scholars from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to visit IRP, interact with its faculty in residence, and become acquainted with the staff and resources of the Institute. The invitation extends (but is not restricted) to those who are in the early years of their academic careers. The intent of the program, which is supported by the University of Wisconsin–Madison, is to enhance the research interests and resources available to visitors, to foster interaction between resident IRP affiliates and a diverse set of scholars, and to broaden the corps of poverty researchers.

Visits of one to two weeks’ duration by several scholars can be supported during either fall or spring semester of the academic year 2014–2015. The scholars will be invited to give a seminar, to work on their own projects, and to confer with an IRP faculty mentor, who will arrange for interchange with other IRP affiliates. Transportation, lodging, and meal expenses will be covered by IRP.

Interested scholars should submit the following materials: (1) a letter describing their poverty research interests and experience; (2) the proposed dates for a visit; (3) a current curriculum vitae; (4) two examples of written material; and (5) an estimate of costs to be covered by IRP, to: Robin Snell, Institute for Research on Poverty, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison WI 53706; fax: 608-265-3119; e-mail: irpapply@ssc.wisc.edu. Applications should be submitted by June 16, 2014. IRP’s Executive Committee reviews applications and selects scholars.

Food Assistance Researchers

Call for Visiting Food Assistance Research Scholar Applications for 2014–2015 (deadline 6/16/2014).

Visitor Profiles

The Institute for Research on Poverty invites applications from U.S.-based food assistance scholars to visit IRP, interact with its faculty in residence, and become acquainted with the staff and resources of the Institute. The intent of the IRP Research, Innovation, and Development Grants in Economics (RIDGE) Center for National Food and Nutrition Assistance Research is to stimulate innovative research related to food assistance programs such as SNAP (formerly food stamps) and school breakfast and lunch, and to support training of researchers interested in food assistance issues.

Visits of one to two weeks’ duration can be supported during either fall or spring semester of the academic year 2014–2015. The scholars will be invited to give a seminar, to work on their own projects, and to confer with an IRP faculty affiliate. Transportation, lodging, and meal expenses will be covered by IRP.

Interested scholars should submit the following materials: (1) a letter describing their food assistance and food insecurity research interests and experience; (2) the proposed dates for a visit; (3) a current curriculum vitae; (4) two examples of written material; and (5) an estimate of costs to be covered by IRP, to: Robin Snell, Institute for Research on Poverty, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison WI 53706; fax: 608-265-3119; e-mail: irpapply@ssc.wisc.edu. Applications should be submitted by June 16, 2014. Center Director Judith Bartfeld and Center Associate Director Timothy Smeeding review applications and select scholars.

Self-Supported Visiting Scholars

Visitor Profiles

In addition to sponsoring the visits of underrepresented scholars, IRP hosts a broad range of faculty, researchers, and policy analysts for limited or longer-term stays. IRP offers these visitors office space, access to computers, and the opportunity to interact with IRP affiliates and other scholars on campus and to participate in campus events. Access to the data resources housed at IRP may also be arranged. These visitors are responsible for all of their own expenses beyond office space and computer access. IRP particularly encourages visits by researchers located in the Midwest or those with special interest in topics having a Midwest focus.

Potential visitors under the second program are asked to submit the following: (1) a letter describing their poverty research interests and experience; (2) the proposed dates for a visit; (3) a current curriculum vitae; and (4) two examples of written material, to: Robin Snell, Institute for Research on Poverty, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison WI 53706; fax: 608-265-3119; e-mail: irpapply@ssc.wisc.edu.

Applications for this third IRP visitors program, for self-supporting scholars, are accepted year round.

About the Scholars

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