Summer Fellowship for Qualitative Research

The Public Policy Center is committed to supporting in-depth qualitative scholarship of significant public interest. The PPC's Summer Fellowship for Qualitative Research provides dedicated time and support to develop research projects that use qualitative approaches, including ethnography, historical and archival research, content analysis, case studies, action research, and mixed-method designs. Project work may involve grant development, data collection or curation, analysis, manuscript writing and dissemination, or other phases of the research process.

The program provides up to two awardees with comfortable office space, a $1,500 stipend, staff and IT support, software (e.g., interview transcription software), focus group development, and other research support in a collaborative and welcoming environment. During the residency, researchers will meet weekly to share their progress toward goal(s). The fellowship will run alongside the PPC's Researcher-in-Residence Program with the hope of encouraging multi-method extensions of existing projects through a collaborative environment.

Application info:

Deadline to apply: May 17, 2024 (5:00 p.m.). Awardees will be notified by June 1.


  • University of Iowa full-time faculty or staff member whose appointment requires significant research and scholarship.
  • Commit to being in-residence full-time from June 17 to July 19 (with the opportunity to extend time, if needed).
  • Agree to participate in an orientation luncheon and up to three additional, collaborative discussions of work-in-progress during the residency period.

Application Materials and Guidelines

  • Cover page that includes your name, department, and contact information.
  • Your CV.
  • An abstract (100 words or less) of the proposed project (in third person), including a title that will be used on our website if you are selected as a Fellow.
  • A project description: This 2-page (max), single-spaced description should be clear and comprehensible to reviewers from a variety of disciplines.
    • An overview of the project and methodology.
    • The significance of the project.
    • A brief description of the methodology.
    • A brief plan that explains what work has been completed, the present status of the project, specific goals for the summer term in-residence, and a timeline for the project (which may extend beyond the summer award period).
    • The anticipated outcome(s) for work completed during the residency.
    • How you hope to benefit from and contribute to the multi-disciplinary intellectual community of the Public Policy Center.

Email your PDF application to Julianna Lee, assistant director, Public Policy Center. Email or call 319-384-2852 with questions.