Resident Scholar Application

Application Information for 2019-20

Each year the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics hosts two UO faculty members as Resident Scholars. Resident Scholars work with the Wayne Morse Center Faculty Codirector and Senior Scholar to conduct research or other professional activities that contribute to the scholar’s own work and the Wayne Morse Center’s programs.

Objectives of the Resident Scholar program

  • Stimulate and support research and programming related to public affairs and the Wayne Morse Center theme of inquiry
  • Enhance UO faculty participation in Wayne Morse Center activities
  • Deepen the intellectual and academic environment of the Wayne Morse Center

Applications for the 2019-20 academic year are due on Monday, January 7, 2019 by 5 pm. Applicants may submit proposals related to the theme of inquiry—Science, Policy, and the Public.  Proposals are also welcome on significant political and policy issues in the United States at the national, state, and local levels, as well as global affairs.


Theme of Inquiry
The Wayne Morse Center theme for 2019-21 is Science, Policy, and the Public. In academic year 2019-20, we will focus on Environmental Disasters and Resilience with an all-hazards emphasis on Oregon. The Center aims to examine this theme through visiting scholars and activists, grants for relevant projects, and support for student and faculty research.

Priority focus areas for Environmental Disasters and Resilience include:

  • Decision-Making Through a Resilience Lens
  • The Public Life of Science and the Public Roles of Scientists
  • Unequal Vulnerabilities
  • On-the-Ground Action

Program for Democratic Engagement and Governance
This ongoing program focuses on significant political and policy issues in the United States at the national, state, and local levels, as well as global affairs. Research projects that examine important questions and challenges for American democracy and international relations are strongly encouraged. It includes the Wayne Morse Center’s Public Affairs Speaker Series, the Migration Project, and other initiatives. Resident Scholar proposals related to the Program for Democratic Engagement and Governance should address one of the following research priorities:

  • The politics of international migration
  • Partisan and ideological polarization in American political life
  • Criminal justice reform
  • Income inequality
  • Climate change
  • International migration
  • Campaign-finance reform
  • Civil liberties and civil rights
  • Religion and American public life


The Resident Scholar program is open to tenured and tenure-track faculty at the UO. Faculty must be employed by the UO during the term of the scholarship. Faculty members on sabbatical leave are eligible, but they must be in Oregon and interact with the Wayne Morse Center.

Resident Scholars receive $8,000 plus OPE up to 30 percent; Resident Scholars from the School of Law receive a stipend of $10,000 plus up to 30 percent for OPE. The stipend is for the fiscal year 2019-20 and will be paid directly to the Resident Scholar’s department. It can be used to buy out teaching, for summer support, or as a salary stipend, depending on the desires of the Resident Scholar and his or her department or school.


  • Resident Scholars will undertake research or other professional activities such as completing a paper suitable for publication, editing papers for a book, and/or organizing a public symposium under the auspices of the Wayne Morse Center.
  • The project must be related to public affairs or the current Wayne Morse Center theme, and interdisciplinary in nature.
  • Resident Scholars will participate in the intellectual life of the Wayne Morse Center, including assisting with the theme of inquiry or the Program for Democratic Engagement and Governance, interacting with visiting scholars, selecting future Resident Scholars, and advising the center on symposia and events.
  • Resident Scholars will present at least one public lecture or seminar.
  • Resident Scholars will represent the Wayne Morse Center at university and public events as appropriate and feasible.
  • Resident Scholars will acknowledge the Wayne Morse Center in all publications and events related to the research and activity supported by the center and will collaborate with the center to publish and disseminate their work. In relevant email correspondence and announcements, from the podium, in publicity and elsewhere as appropriate, we ask Resident Scholars to identify themselves as a Wayne Morse Resident Scholar.


Applications must be written in language accessible to readers from several disciplines and must include the following:

  • Completed application cover sheet including abstract
  • Narrative description (not to exceed 1500 words)The narrative description should include the following points:
  • Conception and definition of the project: An explanation of the basic ideas, problems or questions to be addressed, and the form of the project (such as book, article, or symposium).
  • Significance of the project: Relationship to your previous and future research, and the relationship of the project to work of other scholars.
  • Plan of work and expected results: Be as precise as possible about the plan of work and objectives for the term of the scholarship year. Is the work already in progress? What specifically will be accomplished? How will the results be disseminated?
  • Contribution to the Wayne Morse Center: How your work relates to other Center activities and how you propose to interact with the Wayne Morse Center. Funds are available for a small symposium or workshop if desired by the Resident Scholar.
  • Bibliography or Citation List, as appropriate (one-page limit)
  • Curriculum Vita, two-page limit 

To submit an application
Email a PDF document that contains all elements of the application packet to Ellen Herman, Faculty Codirector, Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics

Applications are due on Monday, January 7, 2019 by 5 pm. Awards will be announced by the end of January 2019.

Selection Committee
The selection committee will be interdisciplinary and drawn from the following positions and committees: the Wayne Morse Center faculty codirector and senior scholar, dean of the School of Law or designee, director of the Labor Education and Research Center or designee, the Wayne Morse Center Advisory Board, the steering committee for the relevant theme, and current or past resident scholars.

Please direct questions to Ellen Herman, Wayne Morse Center Faculty Codirector,