Dissertation Fellowship Program

As the National Poverty Research Center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) conducts a competitive Dissertation Fellowship Program that offers up to 12 months of dissertation support to advanced graduate students conducting rigorous poverty-related dissertation research at IRP and the four founding U.S. Collaborative of Poverty Centers (CPC) institutions: the Center on Poverty and Social Policy, Columbia University; Center on Race and Wealth, Howard University; University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research; and West Coast Poverty Center, University of Washington.

2017–2018 Dissertation Fellow

Current | Past


Emily ParrottEmily Parrott
Graduate Student
School of Human Ecology
Human Development and Family Studies
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Dissertation title: "College as a Potential Route to Social Mobility"
Award period: June 2017 to May 2018

  • Policymakers' use of research in policy creation regarding families in poverty
  • Best practices related to youth programs, including program development, management, and evaluation
  • College and its effects on students, especially first-generation students
  • Civic engagement behaviors developed in late adolescence and early adulthood


Past Fellowship Awards