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 the microdata for which providers have given their consent for such access. (Direct access means that Visiting Scholars are not restricted to using the remote-execution system during their stay in Luxembourg.)
- countries that allow direct access
- 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
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
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:
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 based on:
- overall quality of the project
- scientific value
- technical value
- 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.