Visiting Scholars Program

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, Stata, and R
  • have direct access to LIS / LWS microdata . 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, Stata, or R) installed on an assigned secure personal computer
  • have access to the LIS data staff for intensive consultation as needed
  • are expected to post the results of any research carried out during the visit to the Working Papers Series before publication in a professional venue

LIS currently offers a Visiting Scholar program in Luxembourg through two pathways:

Applicants working and living within the EU member states or associated countries can now apply for a funded visit on-site through the European Commission’s H2020 Framework Programme: the InGRID-2 (Inclusive Growth Research Infrastructure Diffusion) project.

From June 2017 to May 2021, InGRID-2 provides free-of-charge access to research infrastructures with data sets and expertise within the fields of poverty, and living conditions.

During the project, 11 calls will be launched quarterly. Potential applicants can then apply for a visiting grant through the InGRID Visiting Grants.

Call Opening Closing Feedback to applicants Visits starts from Status
1 26-06-17 20-08-17 October 2017 01-11-17 closed
3 27-02-18 08-04-18 First week of June 2018 01-07-18 closed
4 09-07-18 03-09-18 First/second week of October 2018 01-11-18 closed
5 15-10-18 16-12-18 Second week of February 2019 01-02-19 closed
6 15-02-19 17-04-19 First half of June 2019 01-07-19 closed
7 02-07-19 28-08-19 End of October 2019 01-11-19 closed
8 10-19 06-01-20 November 2019 01-03-20 closed
9 11-03-20 25-05-20 July 2020 01-09-20 closed
10 24-09-20 03-01-21 10-01-21 February 2021 onwards closed

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the measures taken in different countries, the approved visits can be re-scheduled until June 2021, while call 11 will not be opened for most of the research infrastructures, including LIS.

LIS Visiting Scholar Program

  • is open to researchers, affiliated with institutes outside the EU zone, of all nationalities, with preference granted to researchers from LIS 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 on-site stay in Luxembourg
How to Apply

Send, anytime throughout the year, an application to It must include:

  • An Application Form available online in PDF format
  • A brief description of your proposed research project that should outline your plans for research, including a justification of your on-site empirical work, as well as an explanation on how your research interests can benefit from and contribute to cross-national research using the LIS or LWS microdata.
  • A Curriculum Vitae

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.

The Visiting Scholars Selection Committee will evaluate each proposal on the basis of the following criteria:

  • 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.