Visiting Poverty Scholars Program, 2024–2025 Call for Applications – Due 4/3/2024

Application Deadline: April 3, 2024 (11:59 p.m. Central Time)

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About the Program

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison invites applications from U.S.-based scholars who belong to groups underrepresented in academia to apply for its Visiting Poverty Scholars Program.

The Visiting Poverty Scholars 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 in order to interact with that center’s resident faculty, present a poverty-related seminar of their choosing, and become acquainted with staff and resources. Visiting scholars will confer with a faculty host who will arrange for interactions with others on campus.

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 Research Center on Poverty & Economic Mobility sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, IRP coordinates the U.S. Collaborative of Poverty Centers (CPC). IRP and its partner centers support and train poverty and economic mobility scholars with a special focus on expanding opportunities for scholars from historically underrepresented groups and provide relevant, cutting-edge research on a wide range of topics with the goal of improving the effectiveness of public policies to reduce poverty and its consequences.

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



Applicants must be Ph.D.-holding, U.S.-based poverty scholars at any career level who are underrepresented in academia. IRP is using the definition of underrepresented outlined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Underrepresentation can exist in various forms, from one’s race or ethnicity, to ability status, gender identity or sexual orientation, or current or past economic disadvantage. Applicants will be asked to describe how they meet the NIH definition of underrepresented in their field of study. Note that IRP gives preference to early career scholars.


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

Award Info

Up to four scholars will be sponsored. Applicants will be notified of their application outcome by mid-May 2024.


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

  • A letter (up to 2 pages single spaced)
    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
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • Two examples of your poverty-related written material


Questions should be directed to:


Call Release February 8, 2024
Optional Webinar February 27, 2024, 1:00-1:30 p.m. Central –
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Deadline for proposal receipt April 3, 2024
Notification of award Mid-May 2024
Dates for visits Dates flexible but must occur during the academic year 2024–2025