Scholars-in-Residence Program 2020–2021 Call for Applications – Due 4/5/2020, 11:59 PM

Application Deadline: April 5, 2020, 11:59 p.m.

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About Program

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison invites applications from U.S.-based scholars from underrepresented racial and ethnic populations* to apply for its Scholars-in-Residence Program.

The Poverty Studies Scholars-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.

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.

About IRP

IRP is a center for interdisciplinary research into the causes and consequences of poverty and inequality in the U.S. 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 in the U.S.

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U.S. Collaborative of Poverty Centers (CPC)
Institute for Research on Poverty
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Center on Race and Wealth
Howard University
Poverty Solutions
University of Michigan
Center for Poverty Research
University of California, Davis
West Coast Poverty Center
University of Washington
Center for Population, Inequality, and Policy
University of California, Irvine



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 at the time of application. 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 the in-residence visit.

Award Info

Up to four scholars will be sponsored. Applicants will be notified of their application outcome by May 15, 2020.

Application Instructions

Applicants should provide the following materials as one PDF file to the online Application Form:

  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
  2. Your curriculum vitae; and
  3. Two examples of your poverty-related written material


Questions should be directed to: IRP Apply |


Deadline for proposal receipt April 5, 2020
Notification of award May 15, 2020
Dates for visits Dates flexible but must occur during the 2020–2021 academic year