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 on hiatus for 2016–2017, 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 March each year with a mid-May deadline; applications for self-supported scholars are accepted year round.

IRP-Supported Visiting Scholars Programs

Poverty Researchers from Underrepresented Groups

Call for Visiting Scholar Applications for 2016–2017 Academic Year (deadline 5/6/2016)

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 the fall or spring semester of the 2016–2017 academic year. 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 online as one PDF file comprising the following elements:

  1. a letter describing your poverty research interests and experience;
  2. a current curriculum vitae; and
  3. two examples of written material, online

Questions may be directed to Deborah Johnson, (608) 262-7779, Deborah.Johnson@wisc.edu.

The application deadline is May 6, 2016. IRP's Executive Committee reviews applications and selects scholars. Applicants will be notified in mid-June.

Food Assistance Researchers

The Visiting Food Assistance Researcher Program is on hiatus for 2016–2017.

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 the fall or spring semester of the academic year. 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.

Self-Supported Visiting Scholars

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: Dana Connelly, 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.

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