RTI University Scholars Program

Supporting distinguished academic researchers


2021-2022 Call for Applications

RTI International is one of the world's leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. Since 2014, the RTI University Scholars Program has provided partial financial support for distinguished academic researchers to spend scholarly leave time at RTI, actively collaborating with our experts. The program's goals are to foster collaboration, build scientific stature, and catalyze opportunities for future externally funded, joint projects.

With the launch of the RTI Racial Justice and Transformative Research Initiative, the RTI University Scholars Program will prioritize applications for the 2021-2022 academic year from tenured or research-track faculty members at the Associate Professor level or higher with a commitment to collaboration and a research project related to racial equity and policy, broadly construed. RTI's vision for achieving racial equity is to lead with compassion, execute with science, and transform by sharing what we learn.

The RTI University Scholars Program is open to faculty from Duke University and the University of North Carolina's 16 university campuses.

RTI especially encourages researchers from traditionally underrepresented groups to apply.

Key Dates for the 2021-2022 Application Cycle

Monday, November 16, 2020 Call for applications released
Sunday, January 31, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) Expression of Interest submission deadline
Friday, February 12, 2021 Notification to applicants
Monday, March 29, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. ET Full proposal submission deadline for invited applicants
April 2021 Notification to applicants who submitted full proposals

Process: Expression of Interest

The Expression of Interest (EOI) must be submitted as a PDF via the RTI University Scholars Program Application Portal no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 31, 2021. To be fully considered, the EOI must contain the following elements:

  • A two-page description about the proposed collaborative research project, including
    • Proposed project title
    • Name and title of RTI collaborator(s)
    • Proposed duration of the residency
  • Proposed project's relevance to racial equity and policy that leverages RTI's practice area(s) and/or services and capabilities, purpose, objectives, activities, deliverables, and expected results
    • Specific sources of external funding that will be targeted for future proposals
    • A letter of support from the applicant's department chair
    • The applicant's curriculum vitae (no limit on length), including experience securing funding as a principal investigator (PI) or co-PI

The EOI does not have a budget requirement.

Faculty First Name
Faculty Last Name
Email Address
University Affiliation
Other Affiliation(s)
RTI Collaborator(s) name(s) (If more than 1, please separate by comma)
RTI Collaborator(s) email address(es) (If more than 1, please separate by comma)
Expression of Interest PDF

More Information

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Amy Vargas-Tonsi in the University Collaboration Office.

Amy Vargas-Tonsi, MIS
Project Operations Manager

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