University of Wisconsin-Madison social science Ph.D. students who have an interest in poverty research and expect to complete a related dissertation are eligible to apply for IRP’s Graduate Research Fellows (GRF) Program. In selecting fellows, preference is given to those who receive financial support through IRP and/or are working with an IRP affiliate.
The GRF program and meetings comprise:
- substantive policy and research discussions that are connected with the IRP seminar themes (e.g., welfare reform, economic and social inequality, etc.) and may at times include a guest speaker;
- methodological training and discussions, which are also frequently linked with seminar presentations;
- professional training sessions that focus on preparing students for responsibilities associated with their research careers; and
- support of students’ dissemination of research.
Time and Location
Most training seminar meetings occur on Thursday mornings at IRP. From September 9 through October 21 they will run from 10:55 to 11:55, and from October 28 through December 9 they will run from 10:45 to 11:45. Meeting times may change occasionally throughout the year to accommodate conference attendance and other events at IRP.
How to Apply
A call for applications is released each year in early August and due by August 27. The IRP GRF application form asks students to submit their curriculum vitae and a brief description of their graduate student status and their research plans for their remaining time at UW and/or dissertation topic. Applicants are notified on or before September 3 of their application outcome.
IRP Dissertation Research Fellowship
Active IRP Graduate Research Fellows (i.e., current-academic year GRFs who are regularly attending seminars) who are close to finishing their studies are eligible to compete for an IRP Dissertation Research Fellowship that provides a year of support to complete their doctoral dissertation. Competitions are held during the spring.
Active IRP Graduate Research Fellows (i.e., current-academic year GRFs who are regularly attending seminars) beyond their first year of graduate school are eligible to request support for their research training up to $725 per year. Support can be for:
- research support for costs related to data collection such as transcription, participant payments or mileage [To apply: submit one page write up of the research including a brief budget justification to IRP’s Associate Director for Research and Training];
- for conference travel and registration fees associated with presenting a poverty-research-related poster or paper at a research conference [To apply: submit application for conference attendance support to IRP’s Associate Director for Research and Training].