All CSU faculty have the opportunity to compete for one of four (4) CALSPEAKS Research Fellowships which allows faculty to put up to 3 survey minutes (approximately 10 to 14 questions) of original survey content.  CALSPEAKS uses random probability sampling techniques to survey a representative sample of Californians at approximately two-month intervals. Topics include: (1) electoral politics at the national, state and local level; (2) public policy issues pertaining to the economy, education, health care, the environment, immigration, transportation, crime, gun control, abortion, gay rights, taxes, and others; (3) media, racial and social inequality, political institutions, marriage and family, public health, and others. For all technical details (sampling, weighting, etc.) regarding CALSPEAKS, as well as past survey results, see

The faculty members will take part in a research project with the survey instrument approved by the Institute for Social Research (ISR). The faculty member will participate with staff in the development of the survey questionnaire and will take lead responsibility in the analysis and preparation of a report which may be issued under the Institute's name. All field work will be provided by ISR. The faculty member may also use the data for publications of his or her own. Research topics selected should be of interest to policy makers of California, be relevant for responses of a cross-section or panel of Californian adults, and be appropriate for the interviewing method used by CALSPEAKS (namely, an online survey).

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 questions you would like to include in CALSPEAKS, your plans for the analysis of the data, and a discussion of your qualifications. CALSPEAKS is only committed to including 3 (three) survey minutes for each fellowship. ISR estimates that this would provide for approximately 10-14 survey questions.  Applicants should also submit their curriculum vitae. Proposals and CVs should be submitted electronically as a Word file to Dr. Matt Jarvis at
For more information about this opportunity, please go to the Social Sciences Research and Instructional Council’s (SSRIC) website at Click on CALSPEAKS CSU Fellowship under ‘Participate.’ You can go directly to the announcements by going to

If you have any questions, please contact your SSRIC campus representative. A list of campus representatives is at You may also contact me for more information.

The deadline for applications  is August 17, 2018.
In future years, deadlines will come during the middle of the Fall semester.