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Research Scholars Program

The goal of the Center’s Research Scholars Program is to attract, develop, and expand the pool of emerging scholars focused on studying issues of relevance to low-income and vulnerable Hispanic children and families. We seek emerging scholars who demonstrate a significant interest in conducting research with low-income Hispanic populations, understand the cultural and linguistic diversity among the populations, and are excited about contributing to the development of better tools and resources to produce more rigorous and valid research concerning low-income Hispanic populations.

In 2019, the Center is launching a revamped Research Scholars Program to support the work of emerging scholars, especially underrepresented Hispanic scholars and emerging scholars from underrepresented academic institutions. The Center anticipates awarding up to two Research Scholars awards in 2019.

Details on the next funding announcement for the Research Scholars Program will be announced soon.

How to Apply

Coming soon

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the goal of the Research Fellowship Program?

The goal of the research fellowship program is to attract, develop, and expand the pool of emerging scholars focused on studying issues of relevance to low-income and vulnerable Hispanic children and families.  We also want to provide advanced graduate students with the opportunity to see how rigorous research is done in a nonacademic environment and in ways that can have an impact on programmatic and policy issues of relevance to Hispanic children and families.

2. Who is eligible for the fellowship?

The research fellowship program is open to Ph.D. students in their 3rd year or more.

3. What is the duration of the fellowship? Are the dates of the fellowship flexible?

Details coming soon.

We recognize that academic schedules vary considerably from one university to another. As such, specific dates of the fellowship can be negotiated, as necessary, to match the selected applicants’ academic institution schedule, while still meeting the requirements of the fellowship program.

4. What is expected of me as a fellow?

The research fellows will:

  • Attend an orientation, media training, and regular Center meetings.
  • Work with Center staff on a research project related to the goals of the Center. Fellows will meet with their mentor to develop their work plan, and will then present their proposed work plan to the Steering Committee at the beginning of the fellowship and their findings at the end.
  • Contribute to other capacity building and/or research products or activities that are part of the Center’s work plan.
  • Publish their work as a Research or Policy Brief or other appropriate vehicle, including peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • Submit their work to one or more professional conferences, such as APPAM, CCPRC, SRCD, the Head Start Research Conference, PAA, NCFR or RECS.
  • Participate in webinars and research seminars, and work with Center staff on a range on other Center-related projects, including research projects, publications, and social media outreach.
  • Attend relevant legislative briefings and local conferences and meetings.

5. What type of help will be available to me as a fellow?

  • Each fellow will be assigned a supervisor and a mentor. The supervisor will help manage each fellow’s workload and provide any support needed during the course of the fellowship. The mentor will provide substantive support and feedback on research projects and other Center-related work.
  • Fellows will receive feedback on their work from the Center’s Steering Committee.
  • The Center will actively facilitate the fellows’ connections to other emerging scholars (including those from prior cohorts and/or other DC-based fellowship programs), researchers in the field, key organizations, and Federal agencies that may be of interest to the fellows’ longer-term professional development.

6. Where are the fellowships located?

Details coming soon.

7. Will the Center provide assistance in finding temporary housing and/or transportation for fellows?

Upon request, the Center is able to provide fellows with information about surrounding communities and general housing and transportation options, but cannot assist in the actual procurement of housing or transportation.

8. Will the Center cover housing/transportation (including airfare) costs in addition to the stipend?

The Center cannot currently offer housing/transportation costs in addition to the stipend. Fellows are responsible for their own housing and transportation.

9. What is the tenure and amount given to Center fellows?

Details coming soon.

10. I have other research projects and grants underway. Will it still be possible for me to continue work on them during the fellowship?

The research fellowship program is intended to be a full-time experience for the 12-week period.  Ideally, the Center research and projects in which you are involved will support and extend your own research interests. However, full-time fellows will have limited time for outside commitments.

11. Who should apply for a research fellowship?

Advanced graduate students who demonstrate: (1) a significant interest in conducting policy-relevant research with low-income Hispanic populations; (2) an understanding of issues of cultural and linguistic diversity; and (3) an interest in contributing to improving the capacity of the field to produce more rigorous and valid research with low-income Hispanic populations.

12. Can post-docs apply for the fellowship?

The research fellowships are intended for advanced PhD students, but if a post-doc’s work clearly fits within the context of one or more of the 3 priority areas, and he/she meets the other criteria and can fulfill the requirements of the fellowship, then he/she is welcome to apply.

13. Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to apply for the fellowship?

The position does not have citizenship requirements. However, all fellows must be authorized to work in the United States and will be asked to complete USCIS form I-9 on their first day.

14. How do I know if my research is a good fit with the Center?

Please see the description of the Center and the priority areas to determine if your work is a good fit.

15. Who do I contact if I have additional questions about the fellowship?

If you have any questions, please contact recruitment@childtrends.org, referencing the position in the subject line, or Michael López (Lopez-Michael@norc.org). No phone calls, please.

Past Research Scholars