Call for Applications: 2021–2023 IRP Emerging Poverty Scholars Fellowship

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 2021-2022 Emerging Poverty Scholars Fellowship program. The JPB Foundation has generously funded this initiative.

The proposal deadline is August 15, 2021.

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.

IRP anticipates providing five Fellows with $60,000 in flexible funding over a two-year award period beginning in early fall 2021.  IRP will match each Fellow with a senior poverty scholar mentor for each year of their fellowship.

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; or
  • • summer salary support

IRP will 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.

Please see the attached call for more information and application instructions or read more on our website. Direct questions to

*Includes the following racial/ethnic groups: (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. Preference will be given to those who are also of the first generation in their family to achieve a college degree.