Scholars-In-Residence 2019–2020 Call for Applications (Due: 3/1/2019)

Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

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About Program

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, as the National Poverty Research Center supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (HHS/ASPE), invites applications from U.S.-based scholars from underrepresented racial and ethnic populations to apply for its Scholar-in-Residence Program.

The Poverty Studies Scholar-in-Residence Program aims to enhance the research interests and resources available to poverty scholars from underrepresented populations, foster interaction among a diverse set of scholars, and broaden the corps of poverty researchers. Beyond providing scholars an excellent venue for presentation of and feedback on their work, the visits provide extended contact and discussion with IRP/U.S. Collaborative of Poverty Centers (CPC) affiliates, which may lead to future collaborations. All scholars-in-residence will be invited to attend IRP’s annual Summer Research Workshop.

Applicants may choose to visit IRP or any one of its CPC partners (see text box on right) for one week, to interact with its resident faculty, present a poverty-related seminar of their choosing, and become acquainted with staff and resources. Visitors will confer with a faculty host, who will arrange for interchange with others. Junior scholars will be matched with a mentor and integrated into the Center’s mentorship and training activities for emerging scholars.

About IRP

IRP is a center for interdisciplinary research into the causes and consequences of poverty and inequality and the impact of related policies and programs.

As the National Poverty Research Center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, IRP coordinates the U.S. Collaborative of Poverty Centers (CPC) in an integrated set of activities with the ultimate goal of improving the effectiveness of public policies to reduce poverty and inequality and their impacts on the well-being of the American people.



Applicants must be Ph.D.-holding, U.S.-based scholars at all career levels from at least one of the following underrepresented racial and ethnic populations including: (a) African American or Black; (b) American Indian or Alaskan Native; (c) Hispanic/Latino; (d) Cambodian, Vietnamese, Laotian, or Hmong; and (e) Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. Preference will be given to those who are also of the first generation in their family to achieve a college degree.


IRP will cover transportation, lodging, and meals during in-residence visit.

Award Info

Up to four scholars will be sponsored. Applicants will be notified of their application outcome by April 1, 2019.

Application Instructions

Submit application via the online Application Form.

Applicants should provide the following materials as one PDF file:

  1. A letter (up to 2 pages)
    1. describing your poverty research interests and experience, and
    2. indicating the CPC institution(s) (you can list up to three in order of preference) you are applying to visit and why that center is a good fit for you (junior scholars may also propose a senior mentor at that Center);
  2.  Your curriculum vitae; and
  3. Two examples of your poverty-related written material


Questions about the Scholar-In-Residence program should be directed to:
Hilary Shager |

Process-related questions should be directed to:
Vee Yeo |


Deadline for proposal receipt March 1, 2019
Notification of award April 1, 2019
Dates for visits Date flexible but must occur during the 2019-2020 Academic School Year
Quarterly progress reports due July 1, 2019; October 1, 2019; January 7, 2020; and April 1, 2020