Visiting Scholars Program

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PHMC’s Research and Evaluation Group has a long history of partnering with academic scholars and consultants in support of original public health research. In the continuing effort to work with academics in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, in Fall 2019, PHMC will launch its first Visiting Scholars Program. Faculty affiliated with an academic institution in the tri-state area who are conducting research in an area aligned with our portfolio of projects are eligible to apply for one of two open visiting scholar positions. PHMC provides a rich opportunity to carry out applied, community and clinical research focused on wide array of social, public health, and education issues

The PHMC Visiting Scholars Program provides a unique opportunity for select scholars in the social, educational and behavioral sciences to pursue their research in collaboration with PHMC researchers and practitioners. It is expected that Visiting Scholars will work on projects related to PHMC’s current programs. We invite applications from a diversity of scholars and disciplines, but for the 2019-2020 program year are especially interested in scholars with an interest in addiction, chronic disease, and health services, and family strengthening.

PHMC will award two Visiting Scholar fellowships to researchers who are at least 3 years beyond the Ph.D. Visiting Scholar positions begin September 1st, 2019 and run through August 31, 2020. On occasion, the start or end date of the scholarship may be adjusted. Although the amount of time committed by scholars may vary somewhat, we anticipate that scholars will devote approximately 16 hours per month to their work with PHMC. This may include work conducted at PHMC or remotely. Ideally, the majority of this time will be spent on-site at PHMC.

Scholars are provided with a work space at PHMC in the Research and Evaluation Group. He/she/they will work closely with research colleagues within the R&E Group. Our goal is to work closely with Visiting Scholars to identify an area of new research, pursue grant funding in support of the research, and work together to successfully implement new research activities. Each scholar will receive a stipend in the amount of $5,000 to support their work at PHMC.

Application Process:
All applications undergo an initial internal screening for relevance to PHMC’s priority areas. We are seeking a good fit for you and for us.
Click here for a list of frequently asked questions about the PHMC Visiting Scholar Program.

To Apply:

  1. Applications are due to PHMC by April 30, 2019. Scholars will be selected prior to June 30, 2019.
  2. Brief applications can be submitted here.
  3. As part of your application, we ask that you provide a short proposal describing the project to be undertaken while in residence at PHMC (Note: not more than 2 pages single spaced).
  4. Submit an up-to-date abbreviated CV (5 pages maximum) with your application.

Eligibility and Guidelines
All scholar applicants must have a Ph.D. or comparable terminal degree, and a record or research that demonstrates their ability to conduct high-level, peer-reviewed scholarly research. Applicants must be at least 3 years beyond the Ph.D. Doctoral or other graduate degree.

Selection Criteria:
All Visiting Scholar applications are reviewed by a selection committee at PHMC comprised of researchers and practitioners. The selection of Visiting Scholars is based on both an individual’s demonstrated record of research accomplishment and the merit of the applicant’s proposed project. Several criteria are given special consideration in the selection process. The project’s relevance to PHMC’s declared mission to improve the health of the community by providing outreach, health promotion, education, research, planning, technical assistance, and direct services. Strong preference is given to proposals connected to PHMC’s current programs, available data and initiatives. We also are committed to including talented early career scholars and to promote racial/ethnic, gender and disciplinary diversity in each year’s cohort.

This program is made possible with support from the Public Health Fund.