ARIS Center Fellowship Program 2019-2020

Fellowship Purpose and Description

Watch Team Nadkarni winners discuss their project in this videoThe ARIS fellowship program supports professionals, researchers, faculty, educators, graduate students and others from universities, colleges, and other organizations working to advance practice and improve outcomes of research impacts. The goal of the program is to increase the quality and availability of scholarship and resources about research impacts through two types of projects. First, we support projects that synthesize existing scholarly work to package evidence into easily applied and digestible tools that can be used by the research community to improve research impacts design and practice. Second, we support small-scale innovative scholarship that explores new horizons and advances knowledge about research impacts. Both types of projects require recipients to create products* such as guidance documents, white papers, scholarly articles, decision support tools, multimedia supports, instructive videos, or other creative or scholarly outputs. Fellows are provided three types of support over the course of approximately one year:

  1. participation in a community of fellows working to advance research impacts;
  2. peer-review and editing of products under development along with publishing/production and dissemination support; and
  3. a small stipend to individuals or for organizations to offset the cost of fellowship work and/or fellowship related travel.

ARIS will recognize the work of fellows on the Center website, at the annual National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI) Summits, and with a letter that outlines your contribution sent to your organizational leadership.

2019-2020 Fellowship Priorities

2019 Fellows; select to see full-sizeApplications that address one of the following priorities are encouraged. However, applications to advance scholarship or synthesis and create resources in other topical areas are also invited. All applications must provide justification for their stated focus and the need or gap being filled.

  • Evaluation practices for research impacts in a given domain (some examples include evaluation of K-12 field trips, citizen science programs, or use of interactive web tools).
  • Creating research impacts through broadening participation.
  • Designing research impacts in the fundamental physical sciences and/or mathematics.


Faculty, staff, post-doctoral students, and graduate students from institutions of higher education, informal learning (e.g., museums), and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Qualifications will be considered by a review panel based on the justification of the proposed topic, value of the proposed product, and how well applicants demonstrate the skills and capacities necessary to successfully complete the proposed work in one year. No applicant may propose work that is already within the scope of work of any existing grant-funded or contracted project. All applicants will be required to certify that they are not already funded to conduct their proposed projects. Proposed projects may be complementary and add value to existing projects.

Program Requirements

The overall work is to advance scholarship and provide clear and concise synthesis or original products that will build capacity for the research community and their partners to enhance the social, economic, and environmental impacts of their research. Fellows will conduct small-scale individual or collaborative projects (up to four applicants) that result in useful tools that facilitate use of evidence-based impact practices throughout the research community. Project proposals should aim to synthesize evidence about effective practices, identify and describe the principles of exemplar research impacts efforts, or conduct innovative research with the potential to evolve practice. Fellows will be expected to approach their work collaboratively with ARIS and other awarded fellows. Below are some of the specific requirements:

  • Participate in a video conferences with the community of fellows every other month from March 2019 to March 2020 to discuss project status, share insights, and exchange feedback.
  • Complete projects and peer-reviews within the program timeline.
  • Maintain open communication with the ARIS scholarship team about project successes and challenges.
  • Comply with all policies of NSF and Institutional Review Board for research on human subjects as applicable.
  • Conduct your work under norms of scholarly practice including using appropriate citations, sharing credit where applicable, and appropriately responding to peer-reviewer comments.
  • Present project at the Spring 2020 NABI Summit. (Note: Stipends can be used to cover travel to NABI, additional travel funds may be available for fellows who cannot otherwise attend the Summit).
  • Collaborate with ARIS to finalize, publish and disseminate project products.
  • Serve as a mentor to future ARIS Fellows.

Application Process

Applications are due January 30 by close of business your local time.

The following materials are required.

  1. Curriculum vitae or biosketch for all applicants (2-page version is preferred)
  2. Project proposal (up to 4 pages, 11 pt font, 1 inch margins)
    1. A brief description including type (synthesis or new scholarship) and rationale of project including description of the need or gap to be filled if relevant.
    2. Basic project timeline (note the important dates below).
    3. Anticipated challenges and plans for overcoming them.
    4. The specific qualifications of the applicant or team to conduct and complete the proposed project.
    5. Production format (interactive web tool, print document, white paper, peer-reviewed publication, etc.). If peer-reviewed publication, please provide the names of two possible journals of interest.

Review Selection of Fellowship Proposals

All applications will be subject to review by a panel of at least two external peer reviewers. For each proposal, the ARIS team will work to include at least one reviewer from the intended audience(s) and one reviewer from a discipline related to the proposal. Selection criteria are 1) merit of project and capabilities of applicant(s) to be successful; 2) potential for project to contribute to advancing research impacts scholarship and practice; and 3) degree to which the project descriptions meet the fellowship program priorities and/or provides a compelling rationale.

Timeline and Important Dates

Applications due January 30

  • Fellows announced, fellows officially begin March 11, 2019
  • First fellows meeting March 27, 2019
  • Summit (in person fellows meeting) April 30 – May 2, 2019
  • Fellows meetings continue every other month May 2019 – March 2020
  • First draft of product due July 31, 2019
  • Internal feedback sessions complete by August 16, 2019
  • Revised products submitted for external peer review November 15, 2019
  • External review of products returned to fellows December 18, 2019
  • Revised products due February 6, 2020
  • Presentation of fellowship products at NABI Summit April (TBD) 2020

Awards and Use of Funds

ARIS will award up to $40,000 in fellowships through the 2019-2020 program. Single fellow awards will be $5,000 and team projects will total $7,500 split among named collaborators. Awards will be distributed through one of the following mechanisms.

  1. If fellowship work is conducted by individuals and not connected to the fellow’s job or organization, then stipends may be issued directly to individuals.  Note: there may be tax implications for this selection. Neither ARIS nor the University of Missouri will consult on tax related matters.
  2. If fellowship work is conducted as part of a fellow’s position and connected to their organization, then the organization may submit invoices to the ARIS Center through the University of Missouri for delivered products.

Both scenarios above are restricted to two installments. One half of the award will be distributed after fellows submit an initial and acceptable draft product (targeted for July/August 2019). The second half of the award will be distributed after submission of a production-ready draft or confirmation of submission to a scholarly publication (targeted for March 2020).

Funds may be used for fellow time, project related expenses or travel to NABI and, or other meetings that will promote the fellowship work advancing research impacts. ARIS will cover the cost of printing and production of final fellowship projects, however it will be important for Fellows to work with ARIS staff to ensure production costs are reasonable and fit within the ARIS budget.