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.

The 2021 application period is now closed. 

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. As a 2020 Research Scholar, Andrew is working with Dr. Maria Ramos-Olazagasti on a project examining the mental health status of Hispanic parents in low income households and exploring variation across nativity, country of origin, and acculturation level.

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. As a 2020 Research Scholar, Ying-Chun is working with Dr. Danielle Crosby and Dr. Julia Mendez on a project examining how state Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) policies are implemented in North Carolina and how differing practices affect Hispanic families’ experiences in accessing CCDF subsidies.

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.