Research-Policy position: Washington D.C. Congressional Policy Scholar

Jan 24, 2019

This is an opportunity for early career researchers (including master's and PhD) to gain experience and training in applying research in the policy process as well as communicating to non-academic audiences.

Call for Applications:

Washington D.C. Congressional Policy Scholar

Program Description

The Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center at The Pennsylvania State University (PSU) invites applications from early career scholars interested in supporting the translation of scientific evidence to policymakers. This exciting opportunity to engage in evidence-based policymaking efforts includes implementation of a novel model for training researchers to more effectively work with Congressional Offices—known as the Research-to-Policy Collaboration model ( 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 have the opportunity to 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.

PSU will appoint a Scholar for a one-year term appointment beginning in early 2019. There is a possibility that the selected candidate will be appointed for an annual, non-tenure track, academic appointment, based on performance and funding availability. The scholar will be provided health benefits and access to university resources. Candidates should note that while this is an appointment with The Pennsylvania State University, the selected scholar will need to be within commuting distance to Washington D.C.


Those with research training and experience are eligible to apply. Applications for this position will be accepted until the position is filled. 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 for the program.

Application Instructions

Full consideration will be given to those applicants that completely submit all materials online. 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)

Review and Selection

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Penn State is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. This position will begin in spring, 2019.

General questions regarding the program may be addressed to:

Taylor Scott, Research Assistant Professor
Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center
College of Health and Human Development
314 Biobehavioral Health Building
University Park, PA 16802

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