Shapiro Policy Research Scholars Program

As part of its effort to facilitate policy research by GW faculty, GWIPP sponsors the Shapiro Policy Research Scholar program (formerly the Policy Research Scholar program). The competition is held once annually in December and is open to all GW tenure-track, tenured, and full-time contract faculty.



Those selected are given the title of Shapiro Policy Research Scholar and serve in that capacity for a one-year period. Along with other resources, Scholars receive $11,000 for a summer stipend and/or course release. Scholars will also be given the assistance of the GWIPP Policy Research Program staff in preparing research proposals and budgets, arranging university sign-offs, and managing the award when it is received.



Responsibilities of the Shapiro Policy Research Scholars include the preparation of at least one proposal for externally funded policy-related research during their tenure, and engagement in policy research. Scholars are also expected to present an informal talk on their proposal to the other Scholars during the grant writing stage of their tenure (as a means of receiving useful feedback) and to attend the talks given by other Policy Research Scholars.



Applicants must submit an application with a short (1-2 pages) proposed program of policy research. Policy-related research is defined very broadly, as indicated by the winning topics from earlier cohorts of Policy Research Scholars. If you have a focus on sustainability policy, you are especially urged to apply.