How to Apply

Each year, Interdisciplinary Research Leaders welcomes up to 15 teams of three members each.

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[Pictured Left to Right]

DEREK HYRA, PhD, Associate Professor, American University, Washington, D.C.

MINDY FULLILOVE, MD, Professor, The New School, New York, New York

DOMINIC MOULDEN, BA, Resource Organizer, Organizing Neighborhood Equity – ONE D.C., Washington, D.C.


  • Individuals must apply as part of a team of three—two researchers and one community partner. Teams can be newly formed or already existing.
  • Researchers must have a terminal degree (PhD, MD, DrPH) or a master’s degree with extensive research and evaluation experience.
  • Community partners can be leaders, organizers, advocates and other community champions.
  • As a whole, teams must incorporate a wide range of disciplines, such as public policy, design, health, transportation, social work, education, urban planning and many others.

The best way to see who this program is for is to meet our current fellows. But keep in mind that this is just the start—the experience will only grow stronger as new fellows from many other backgrounds, disciplines and perspectives round out this growing group. Imagine yourself on the team!

2020 APPLICATION timeline

Webinars for prospective applicants to learn more
Call for applications
jan 10
Application deadline
march 11
Applications reviewed
Applicant interviews
Selection meetings
Fourth cohort notified of acceptance
Program begins
sept 15
Required in-person program launch for all fellows

* Timeline subject to change. Check back for updates.

Application Process Overview

Here is a quick guide to help you prepare a successful application.

  • Step 1: Learn
  • Step 2: Register to Apply
  • Step 3: Gather Application Materials
    To apply for Interdisciplinary Research Leaders, you’ll need:
  • Step 4: Get in Touch