Public Research Fellow Request for Proposals

Date: February 24, 2020

Request for Proposals, Due March 13, 2020Public Research Fellowship
PPG and Buffalo Commons are seeking 2-4 Public Research Fellows for 2020. The fellowship will be open to faculty members, adjuncts, and post-docs at Western New York universities and colleges, as well as Cornell University. The fellowship will last between ten to eighteen months (depending on the project), during which time the Fellow will:

  • Research and write an original work, aimed at a general audience, on a topic related to an issue or in building civic capacity (this may or may not be a popular version of a more academic work);
  • Present that work at one public event, coordinated by Buffalo Commons.
  • Appear on one radio show and short video interview conducted by PPG;
  • Author one op-ed piece based on the research and submit it to the Buffalo News;
  • Regularly provide updates on their project;
  • Offer advice and consultation in the development of the Buffalo Commons
  • PPG will pay the Fellow a stipend between $2,500 - $5,000 and will help promote and disseminate the Fellow’s work. Multiple researchers may also apply together and share the stipend.

To Apply
Send a proposal to Buffalo Commons and PPG which includes:

  • Your CV
  • Description of your project in 500 words or less. Be sure to address how your work will make an impact in advancing issue campaigns and/or civic capacity.
  • List of dates for—anticipated publication/final date for your original work, suggested dates/availability for appearance on radio show (recorded on Tuesdays), potential title and anticipated date for op-ed.

You can email your proposal to Kristin Ksiazek, at by March 13, 2020.


Partnership for the Public Good
The Partnership for the Public Good (PPG) builds a more just, sustainable, and culturally vibrant community through action-oriented research, policy development, and citizen engagement. PPG serves as a community-based think tank for over 300 local organizations.

Buffalo Commons
Buffalo Commons is a model of university-community created knowledge for the public good, co-created by Partnership for the Public Good and Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab. It facilitates a regional network of researchers, hosts a digital library with more than 410 reports, policy briefs, and artistic expressions, and convenes workshops on topics ranging from civic engagement and local policy to best practices in community-based research.