The Wisconsin Policy Forum is seeking applications for the Norman N. Gill and Todd A. Berry fellowships for the 2019-2020 academic year. The fellowships support research that is directly relevant to key policy issues confronting state and local governments in Wisconsin. The fellowships are named in honor of Norman Gill and Todd Berry’s long-term commitment to improving government decision making and quality of life in Wisconsin. Norman Gill served as the executive director of the Milwaukee-based Citizens Government Research Bureau (later the Public Policy Forum) for over 40 years, while Todd Berry headed the Madison-based Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance for more than 20 years. Those two organizations have now merged as the Wisconsin Policy Forum.

What We Are Looking For

The Forum is looking to support two students pursuing graduate education in any Wisconsin public or private graduate degree program in public policy, public administration, urban planning, law, economics, political science, education, geography, or a related field. The Norman N. Gill fellow will engage in a research project focused on a timely and topical policy or governance issue impacting Milwaukee and/or southeastern Wisconsin. The Todd A. Berry fellow will engage in a research project focused on a timely and topical policy or governance issue impacting the State of Wisconsin or local governments throughout the state. The results of both projects will be disseminated broadly to the public, the media, and policymakers, including at least one presentation.

The fellows will be supervised and guided by senior staff and are invited to be members of the Forum team, with opportunities to participate in Forum functions, attend staff meetings, and draw upon the Forum’s network of expertise. The fellows are expected to work approximately 8-10 hours per week on their projects, including in-office hours in Milwaukee (Gill fellowship) or Madison (Berry fellowship) as his or her class schedule permits. The fellowships pay a stipend of $7,500 for the nine-month period, which corresponds with the 2019-2020 academic year.

Application Process

Applying for a fellowship is a two-step process. The first step is to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI), which must identify the policy issue to be studied, the research methodology to be used, the potential impact of the research, and a description of how your academic and career goals would be supported by participation in this program. The LOI should not be more than two pages. A resume or curriculum vitae must accompany the LOI. The deadline for submitting a LOI is March 4, 2019.

Applicants are invited to propose a topic of their own design or to choose from the list of possible research topics below. Proposals that address one of our core research areas – economic development, education, government finance, or social services – are strongly preferred.

From those who submit LOIs, finalists will be selected and notified by March 15, 2019. Finalists will be invited to complete the second step in the application process, the full application. Full applications must include a more detailed description of the research, transcripts of undergraduate and graduate studies, a writing sample, and one academic or professional letter of support. Full applications will be due by April 5, 2019. A telephone or video chat also may be scheduled. The fellows will be chosen and notified by April 19, 2019. Note that the final choice of candidates will require the final approval of the Forum’s Fellow Committee, and the availability of committee members may shift our deadline.

Questions? Please email Joe Peterangelo at jpeterangelo@wispolicyforum.org.