Research Scholars Program


The National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families (the Center) invites advanced doctoral students (those with All-But-Dissertation, or “ABD”, status) and early career scholars (up to five years post-Ph.D.) to submit applications for its Research Scholars Program. Up to two awards will be given to scholars to work remotely with a Center mentor in an applied research setting and be part of a collaborative research team. Scholars will collaborate with Center investigators on an existing project in one of the following areas: early care and education; poverty reduction and self-sufficiency; and cross-cutting topics (click here for a description of each area).

Mentorship: Each Scholar will be matched with and mentored by one of the Center’s investigators. This mentor will meet weekly with the Scholar and help identify the scope of the Scholar’s work to be completed during the Program and support their professional development. The Scholar will also receive support from other Center staff to further advance their overall professional development goals, as appropriate. Learn more about the Center investigators.

Collaboration and Networking: Scholars are expected to attend biweekly calls with the Steering Committee (composed of the Center’s Director, Co-Investigators, and Federal Program Officers) and will have the opportunity to share their proposed work with and receive feedback from the Committee. They will also have opportunities to participate in Center capacity-building and professional development activities, such as webinars; conference panels; mentoring and networking activities; developing interactive data tools, Hispanic Family Facts, or data training events; and training in accessible writing and applying a race equity lens to research communications.

Funding: We anticipate funding up to two Scholars in 2021. Each Scholar will receive a $10,000 stipend for a 12-month period. The estimated time commitment to Program-related activities is approximately one day’s worth per week.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Current enrollment in a doctoral program with ABD status (i.e., having fulfilled all program requirements except for writing and defending their dissertation) or early career scholar (up to five years post-Ph.D.).
  2. A strong interest in conducting research to support the social and economic well-being of Hispanic children and families in the United States.
  3. Research or professional experience or interest related to early care and education; poverty reduction and self-sufficiency; and/or cross-cutting topics.
  4. Availability to attend Steering Committee meetings every other Monday from 12:30-2:00 PM ET.

Our team values equity and recognizes that systemic discrimination has negatively impacted the well-being of individuals, families, and communities who also are underrepresented in the research field. As researchers, we aim to be accountable for promoting equity by centering the lived experiences of these individuals in our research. We strongly encourage scholars from Hispanic-serving institutions and/or populations that are historically underrepresented in research and academic fields (e.g., Hispanics, first-generation graduate students, first-generation immigrants) to apply.

Application Requirements

Applications are due by 5:00 PM ET on March 31, 2021, with the following components:

  1. Personal statement (maximum of two single-spaced pages) that includes the applicant’s:
    • Research experience; methodological training, skills, and experience, including relevant experience with specific analysis software, analytical procedures, and datasets; and any other relevant expertise
    • Experience and/or interest in research concerning Hispanic children and families
    • Relevant research or professional experience and/or interest in one or more of the following areas: early care and education; poverty reduction and self-sufficiency; and cross-cutting topics
    • Relevant background, experiences, coursework, and skills that will inform their ability to center equity and cultural responsiveness in their work, and/or interest in this area
    • Interest in and goals for the Program and relevant educational and professional development goals
  2. Current resume or curriculum vitae (CV) with information about the applicant’s educational background, publications, presentations, and any professional or public policy experience relevant to the work of the Center (four page maximum).
  3. Two letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s:
    • Relevant background and qualifications, including training, research experience, and methodological skills
    • Professional development goals, interests, or needs pertinent to the goals of the Program
    • Verified ABD status (for current graduate students)

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. Research interest and/or experience studying Hispanic children and families
  2. Research interest and/or experience aligning with one or more of the Center’s research areas
  3. Demonstrated ability and/or interest in centering equity and cultural responsiveness in research or work
  4. Professional development goals and how the Program will advance these goals
  5. Quantitative and/or qualitative analytic experience and other research training
  6. Overall writing quality and organization of the application
  7. Letters of recommendation

Applications will be reviewed by the Center Steering Committee and finalists will be selected for an interview. Final selection of candidates will be based on overall fit with Program goals and Center research. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the review process, with a summary that includes reviewers’ scores and comments, by June 11, 2021. The Program’s expected start date is October 1, 2021. Awards are contingent upon the availability of funds.

How to Apply

Please complete your application here. All three components of the application (personal statement, resume/CV, and letters of recommendation) must be submitted as a single PDF. Letters of recommendation can also be submitted separately via email (please reference the Program’s FAQs for instructions). We strongly recommend that applicants fully review the FAQs before preparing their application.

If you have any issues with the online submission process, please email the single PDF to with “Research Scholars Program” in the subject line.

Contact Information and Questions

For additional Program information, you can also reference the Program’s FAQs. You may also contact with “Research Scholars Program” in the subject line. Questions about the application or the Program will be accepted through 5:00 PM ET on February 26, 2021. Questions will be added to the FAQ by 12:00 PM ET on March 5, 2021.

2020 Research Scholars

C. Andrew Conway, MSW, is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Family Science at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, where he serves as a research assistant in the Latinx Immigrant Family Experiences (LIFE) Lab. His research interests focus on the mental health and well-being of immigrant Latino families. He is also interested in the unique Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) of immigrant Latino youth. Andrew completed his Master of Social Work degree at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, followed by a post-graduate fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center.

Ying-Chun Lin, MSW, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Associate at Duke University’s Social Science Research Institute. Her research interests focus on the intersections of early care and education (ECE), the well-being of economically disadvantaged children and children of immigrants, and public policy. Her dissertation examined access to center-based ECE among children of immigrants with a particular focus on structural factors. Ying-Chun completed her Master of Social Work degree at Washington University in St. Louis and holds a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Past Research Scholars

2019 Research Scholars

Kevin Ferreira van Leer, Ph.D.

Megan Finno-Velasquez, Ph.D.

2016 Research Scholars

Zoelene Hill, Ph.D.

Christina Padilla, M.P.P., Ph.D.

2015 Research Scholars

Wyatt Clarke, Ph.D.

Soojin Oh Park, Ph.D.

2014 Research Scholars

Marta Alvira-Hammond, M.A.

Arya Ansari, Ph.D.

Henry Gonzalez, Ph.D.