CSU Faculty Fellowship to Place Policy Research Questions on The Field Poll

The California State University's Social Science Research and Instructional Council (SSRIC) is issuing a new RFP for a CSU Faculty Fellowship, which provides one CSU faculty member annually the opportunity to place his or her own public policy research questions on the statewide Field Poll of California registered voters. The program is made available to CSU by Field Research Corporation (Field), which owns and operates the statewide Field Poll, and is contingent upon renewal of Field’s contract agreement with the CSU each year.

Faculty members interested in applying for the fellowship should submit a proposal to the SSRIC, who will review all proposals and select one research project annually for nomination to Field for final approval.  Upon final approval, Field staff will review the proposed questions with the faculty fellow and arrange a mutually convenient time for including the questions on one of The Field Poll’s regularly scheduled statewide surveys.  Field is responsible for overseeing sampling, data collection and processing.  Upon completion of the survey, Field will provide the faculty fellow with a set of own internally-generated tabulations and a data file.

Faculty members may use the data from their survey questions for their own publication purposes. Research topics selected should be of interest to policy makers of California, be relevant for responses of a cross-section of registered voters, and be appropriate for the interviewing methods used in an upcoming statewide Field Poll.  Field will allocate a maximum of twelve closed-ended questions to the CSU under this program. Field counts each response from the respondent as a separate question. For example, if you have five parts to a question that ask the respondent whether they agree or disagree with five different statements, each of these is counted as a separate question.

Proposals should include a description of the type of project you would like to undertake, a review of the relevant literature, including a bibliography, the proposed questions that you would like to include in The Field Poll, your plans for the analysis of the data, and a discussion of your qualifications. Also include a copy of your resume. Proposals should be submitted electronically as a Word file to Dr. Edward Nelson at ednelson@csufresno.edu.

Deadline for receiving proposals is April 15, 2017. Each proposal will be anonymously reviewed and the faculty member notified of the outcome by mid- to late-May.

If you have any questions about the program or the application process, contact your local SSRIC representative or write Edward Nelson at ednelson@csufresno.edu.  A list of FAQs is also available.

A partial list of previous fellows is available. If you can provide information for any of the years that are missing, please contact the current SSRIC Council Chair, or write John Korey at JLKorey@cpp.edu.

Last updated: June 3, 2016