Call for Applications:
Research-to-Policy Scholar

The Research-to-Policy Collaboration invites applications for a training scholar who will be responsible for implementing the Research-to-Policy Collaboration (RPC), which is an approach for facilitating partnerships between researchers and congressional officials in ways that support policymakers’ use of research evidence. The scholar will be responsible for identifying congressional officials’ needs for research evidence related to child and family policy efforts, supporting researchers’ policy skills and engagement, facilitating matches between researchers and congressional offices, and coordinating rapid responses to policy efforts among leading scholars. Successful candidates will show enthusiasm and commitment to accelerating the translation of science to policy. The Scholar will receive training in implementing the model, working directly with Congressional Offices to understand their need for scientific evidence and leading rapid response research teams to translate research to policy.

Applicants who would like to pursue this position should have some policy experience, substantial collaboration experience, and strong communication and interpersonal skills. The selected scholar will be mentored by Drs. Max Crowley and Taylor Scott.  The scholar’s professional growth will be supported via applied experiences such as synthesizing research for policymakers, meeting with legislative staff about their research needs, and coordinating contributions to rapid responses among leading scholars. The scholar will also be involved in an evaluation of the model’s effectiveness funded by the William T. Grant Foundation. Successful candidates for the program will be selected on the basis of their applied research experience, breadth of child and family research knowledge, and interpersonal skill.

 

We will appoint a training scholar for a one-year term appointment beginning in early 2019. A substantial portion of this work will occur in congressional offices; therefore, applicants must live within commuting distance to Washington DC. Applicants will be evaluated based on their interpersonal and communication skill (e.g., writing for non-academic audiences; collaboration experiences; non-partisanship), as well as applied research experience and breadth of child and family research knowledge and experience. Eligible applicants may have their degrees from any department, but degrees in human development, social work, prevention science, psychology, or public health will be particularly good fits. Preference will be given to U.S. citizens who are eligible to vote (i.e., constituents of Members of Congress).

 

Application Instructions

Full consideration will be given to those applicants that completely submit all materials to Taylor Scott (jxs1622@psu.edu). A complete submission will consist of:

  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Three Letters of Reference

  • A Personal Statement describing research interests, qualifications, relevant experience, and commitment to advancing the use of research in public policy (1-3 Pages)

  • Non-academic writing sample (may include samples of creative/artistic work; 1-2 samples, 35-page cumulative max)

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