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Emerging Poverty Scholars Fellowship 2021–2023

Emerging Poverty Scholars Fellowship 2021–2023

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Applications are open for the Emerging Poverty Scholars Fellowship 2021–2023. The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison invites applications from junior scholars from underrepresented racial and ethnic populations for its 2021–2023 Emerging Poverty Scholars Fellowship program. The JPB Foundation has generously funded this initiative.


RP’s Emerging Poverty Scholars Fellowship aims to support the career development and success of promising emerging poverty scholars from underrepresented racial and ethnic populations by

  • Enhancing the resources available to them.
  • Providing high-quality one-on-one mentoring from nationally renowned senior poverty scholars.
  • Fostering interaction among a diverse set of scholars through quarterly meetings with the Emerging Scholars cohort and experts in the field.
  • Providing opportunities to highlight the research of the Emerging Scholars through IRP products and events in order to broaden the corps of U.S.-based poverty researchers.

In addition, IRP uses this program to establish long-term relationships between Fellows; and other poverty scholars, which may lead to future collaborations.


Fellowships may be used for a wide range of professional development activities, including

  • Engaging in substantive and methodological training
  • Travel for data collection, collaboration, or research presentation
  • Funding research assistants
  • Securing release time from teaching as well as summer salary support.

IRP will also separately provide travel funding for Fellows to attend three in-person meetings over the course of the fellowship as well as visit IRP, other institutions from the U.S. Collaborative of Poverty Centers (CPC), and/or their mentor’s home institution once per year during the two-year funding period.


  • IRP anticipates providing five Fellows with $60,000 in flexible funding over a two-year award period beginning in early fall 2021.
  • IRP will also match each Fellow with a senior poverty scholar mentor for each year of their fellowship.
  • Scholars will meet by phone or video for one-on-one meetings with their individual mentors once per month and with IRP twice a year.
  • Furthermore, Emerging Scholars will participate in quarterly meetings with their cohort. In year 1, scholars will have two in-person meetings and two virtual meetings as a cohort. In year 2, scholars will have one in-person meeting and three virtual meetings as a cohort.


  • Proposals are invited from Ph.D.-holding poverty scholars from racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented in academia.
  • Applicants must currently hold a tenure-track university appointment in any discipline or field but have not yet earned tenure.
  • They must show evidence of research experience in areas relevant to poverty, low-income populations, or related social policy, as well as the potential to produce rigorous research to inform policies and programs to combat poverty and/or its effects.

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Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline15 August,2021
Open toAll
OrganizerUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison



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