The Racial Equity and Inclusion Scholars Program

Program Overview

NORC’s Racial Equity and Inclusion Scholars Program allows advanced doctoral students, postdocs, and early career scholars to engage in critical research under the supervision of NORC expert staff, build skills, and participate in a robust mentoring and career networking program. The program advances the skills of emerging research scientists, data scientists, statisticians, and methodologists pursuing research on diversity, disparities, equity, and inclusion and expands the pipeline of historically underrepresented populations pursuing social science research.

Program Goals

The research scholars will use existing NORC datasets and conduct secondary data analyses to inform programs, policies, and services that promote the social and economic well-being of diverse populations. The program will:

  • Train and support the next generation of diverse scholars.
    • Mentorship: The research scholars will collaborate with and be mentored by NORC researchers who will help guide, refine, and support the implementation of the secondary data analysis. The scholars will also receive support and mentorship from other NORC experts, such as those in statistics and methodology. 

  • Foster the exchange of ideas, research, and information.
    • Collaboration and Networking: The research scholars will participate in weekly calls with their NORC mentors and share their research with NORC’s Diversity, Racial Equity, and Inclusion (DREI) Research Collaborative, a panel of DREI subject matter experts at NORC.


NORC is interested in funding diversity, disparities, equity, and inclusion research that has at least one of the following aims:

  1. Describe how structures and other societal contexts frame the experiences of diverse individuals in the United States.
  2. Understand strengths within diverse communities in the United States. that promote individual success and well-being.
  3. Identify important within-group variation that is key for enhancing programs in diverse communities in the United States. 
  4. Examine how racism impacts diverse communities and individuals in the United States.


NORC will fund up to two research scholars in 2021. Each scholar will receive $7,500 for a 3-month engagement, starting in late September. The estimated time commitment is approximately one day per week.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Current enrollment in a doctoral program (those currently in their third year or higher of a PhD, PsyD, EdD, etc. ), a postdoc, or an early career scholar (up to 5 years post-doctoral).
  2. A strong documented interest in researching topics related to diversity, disparities, equity, and inclusion.
  3. Research or professional training and experience related to diversity, disparities, equity, and inclusion.
  4. Scholars from populations historically underrepresented in research and academic fields (e.g., those with diverse backgrounds, first-generation graduate students) and those from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and institutions that primarily serve minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
  5. Applicants do not need to be U.S. citizens.

Application Requirements

Applications are due by midnight CT on Friday, September 17, 2021, and should follow the content of formatting instructions outlined in this announcement. NORC will select final applicants and notify them by September 27, 2021.