Summer Researcher-in-Residence Program

The Summer Researcher-in-Residence Program provides dedicated time and support for individuals to work on research of significant public interest. This could involve drafting the beginning stages of a manuscript or a grant proposal; data collection; or other work in any phase of development. The program provides up to three awardees with a comfortable office space, a $1,500 stipend, staff, IT support and software, and other research support in a collaborative and welcoming environment. During the residency, researchers will meet regularly to share their works-in-progress.

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. Researchers from any unit are welcome to apply – we are seeking a multi-disciplinary cohort.
  • 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 sheet 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 Researcher-in-Residence.
  • A project description: This 2-page (max), single-spaced description should be clear and comprehensible to reviewers from a variety of disciplines; it should clarify how working in-residence at the Public Policy Center will benefit the project. See below for guidelines on organizing your project description.
    • An overview of the project and methodology.
    • The significance of the project.
    • 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 Center.

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