Visiting Scholars Program

The LIS Visiting Scholars program provides funded visits on-site in our Luxembourg office. Awarded visits are usually from one to two weeks long.

LIS Visiting Scholars are assigned office space and given access to a secure personal computer with office applications and statistical software packages, including SAS, SPSS, and Stata. LIS staff members are available for consultation, assistance, and possible collaboration.

Advantages of being a Visiting Scholar

LIS Visiting Scholars:

  • have direct access to LIS/LWS microdata (with the exception of two countries, Finland and Poland, where the data providers have not provided their consent). Direct access means that Visiting Scholars are not restricted to using the remote-execution system while on-site. Access to the microdata is conditional on completing  an additional permission form, is limited to the on-site visit, and is provided on a secure computer with no access to the Internet, email, or any electronic storage devices.
  • may have approved software (other than SAS, SPSS, or Stata) installed on the secure personal computer assigned to you
  • have access to the LIS data staff for intensive consultation, as needed

Program Expectations

As a LIS Visiting Scholar, you are expected to:

  • meet any special conditions before direct access to the data is permitted
  • present your work during an informal seminar at LIS
  • post the results of any research carried out during the visit to the Working Papers Series before publication in a professional venue

Eligibility Criteria

The LIS Visiting Scholar Program:

  • is open to researchers of all nationalities, with preference granted to researchers from participating countries
  • welcomes applications from researchers at all levels of seniority, although prior experience using the LIS or LWS microdata is required
  • accepts applications from individual researchers or from groups working on a collaborative project
  • considers proposals that indicate a clear need for an onsite-stay in Luxembourg


Research proposals are accepted throughout the year.

How to Apply

A complete application must include three things:

1. Application
The application form is available online in PDF format. Note that with Adobe Reader you can only fill in the fields and print; Adobe Professional also allows you to save and email the document. Apply Now

2. A brief description of your proposed research project
This should outline your plans for research, including a justification of your on-site empirical work. Explain how your research interests can benefit from and contribute to cross-national research using the LIS or LWS microdata.

3. Curriculum Vitae
Send your completed application to

Applicants will be informed of the results of their application within four weeks of submission. If the Selection Committee rejects a proposal, it will indicate the reasons for the rejection and possibly make suggestions for a revised proposal.

Selection Criteria

The Visiting Scholars Selection Committee will evaluate each proposal based on:

  • overall quality of the project
  • scientific value
  • technical value
  • originality
  • methodological approach
  • potential for academic publication
  • clear indication of how the project will benefit from an on-site visit in Luxembourg
  • clear indication of a product that can be used by LIS staff, researchers, and users (i.e., a new dataset or methodological contribution)

NOTE: Projects that can be completed easily off-site will not be considered.