Call for Visiting Scholar Applications for 2016–2017 Academic Year from U.S.-Based Poverty Scholars from Underrepresented Groups

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison invites applications from U.S.-based social science scholars from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to visit IRP, interact with its faculty in residence, present a poverty-related seminar of their choosing, and become acquainted with the staff and resources of the Institute. The invitation extends (but is not restricted) to those who are in the early years of their academic careers.


The intent of this IRP Visiting Scholars Program, which is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison, is to enhance the research interests and resources available to visitors, to foster interaction between resident IRP faculty affiliates and a diverse set of scholars, and to broaden the corps of poverty researchers.


Visits of one to two weeks’ duration by a few scholars can be supported during either the fall or spring semester of the 2016 to 2017 academic year. The scholars will be invited to present a seminar, work on their own projects, and confer with an IRP faculty mentor, who will arrange for interchange with other IRP affiliates. Transportation, lodging, and meal expenses will be covered by IRP.


Interested scholars should submit the following materials as one PDF file comprising the following elements:


(1) a letter describing your poverty research interests and experience;

(2) a current curriculum vitae; and

(3) two examples of written material, to:


Questions may be directed to Deborah Johnson, (608) 262-7779,


The application deadline is May 6, 2016. IRP’s Executive Committee reviews applications and selects scholars. Applicants will be notified in mid-June.