Call for Proposals

Virtual Visiting Scholars conduct meta-analysis and synthesis of existing research in STEM equity workplaces.

Call for Proposals for Virtual Visiting Scholars

Each year, the ARC Network selects two Virtual Visiting Scholars to conduct research on existing or emerging themes from scholarly literature on gender equity in STEM workplaces. Virtual Visiting Scholars employ qualitative and/or quantitative meta-analytic and meta-synthesis techniques to identify best practices, structural barriers or other larger themes from existing literature. Research also incorporates considerations of diversity and inclusion from an intersectional and systemic perspective.

Applicants must outline the proposed one-year research project in a 2-page prospectus that describes the research problem, current state of knowledge and why a meta-analysis on that topic is both timely and needed. References to the literature may take no more than an additional two (2) pages. Applicants must use standard NSF document format as outlined in the Proposal and Awards Policies Procedures Guide, available at

About the Virtual Visiting Scholars

Seeking STEM faculty equity, the ARC Network draws on decades of research and practice to equip the community with critical tools needed for improving the participation, advancement and inclusion of a diversity of women in STEM. For potential topics, see Appendix I. New data collection is explicitly discouraged.

Virtual Visiting Scholars will be expected to work independently, at locations of their choosing. The ARC Network will provide a stipend for one year of $20,000. The funds will be provided as direct payments to the Scholar, not to an institution. No additional funds will be forthcoming.

About the ARC Network

Funded by the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Program, Award HRD-1740860, the ADVANCE Resource and Coordination (ARC) Network seeks to achieve gender equity for faculty in higher education science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

Included in that mandate is the charge of supporting research on issues of gender equity in STEM disciplines. This focus precludes specific research on P-12 education and non-academic work sectors. Even so, some topics will necessarily entail consideration of the larger community of women scientists and engineers because of their impact on academia.

The Virtual Visiting Scholars program is administered by the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), which is under contract with the National Science Foundation to administer the entire ADVANCE ARC Network.


Virtual Visiting Scholars should have a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline and may be at any career stage. Virtual Visiting Scholars can be on sabbatical leave, postdoctoral fellows or independent scholars.

A publication record in the scholarly literature and knowledge of meta-analysis techniques are essential.

  • Virtual Visiting Scholars report to the ARC Network Research Board.
  • Virtual Visiting Scholars have broad latitude to conduct meta-analysis. The ARC Network Research Board has expertise that can be tapped if useful.
  • Virtual Visiting Scholars must provide presentations or posters at various ARC Network meetings and events.
  • Virtual Visiting Scholars must produce a mid-year report and final report, due no later than three (3) months after appointment.
  • Copies of any materials for dissemination that resulted in whole or part from ARC Network support.
Application Process

Submit all materials at Email references, if necessary, to You cannot save and return to the form at a later time.

Closing date is June 1, 2019, at 5:00 pm ET. Applications received thereafter will not be considered. Applications will be acknowledged by email as received. The ARC Network Research Board will evaluate materials received by the closing date. The Board will make recommendations to the ARC Network Executive Management Team, which will make final decisions on support. Decisions will be made by July, 1 2019. All decisions are final.

The Virtual Visiting Scholar term begins August 1, 2019. Up to two (2) awards are made annually. Direct questions to the Chair of the ARC Network Research Board at

Application Checklist

All items requested in the form, except for letters of recommendations (as necessary), are required.

Demographic Information

  • Name
  • Professional Title
  • Email Address
  • Highest Degree Attained
  • Institutional/Organizational Affiliation
  • Curriculum Vitae in PDF

Research Prospectus

  • Proposed Research Project Title
  • Abstract (100-word maximum)
  • Research Plan (2-page maximum), which includes a statement of research problem, the current state of knowledge, and project significance
  • Summary of proposed meta-analysis or meta-synthesis techniques
  • Bibliography (2-page maximum)

Additional Documents

  • Two representative publications
  • Letters of recommendations for individuals with five (5) or fewer peer-refereed publications. References must describe their affiliation with the candidate and their opinion of the candidate’s skills at research, with specific attention to issues surrounding gender equity in STEM and meta-analysis techniques.
Appendix I

Suggested Meta-Analysis Topics

The topics below illustrate the scope of anticipated research projects and are not an exhaustive list.

  • Effectiveness and sustainability of diversity and other trainings for producing systemic change
  • Disciplinary cultural differences and their influence on recruitment, hiring, retention and advancement
  • Effects of different mentoring models on career outcomes
  • Relationship between faculty role (research, teaching, service and outreach), engagement and career outcomes
  • Defining and explaining productivity patterns of academic scientists
  • The effects of culture on sense of belonging and persistence in academic careers
  • The influence of academic context on unconscious bias and microaggressions
  • Faculty retention and career progression in the post-tenure years
  • Measuring and assessing cultural and systemic change in STEM workplaces

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Funded by the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Program, Award HRD-1740860, the ADVANCE Resource and Coordination (ARC) Network seeks to achieve gender equity for faculty in higher education science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. As the STEM equity brain trust, the ARC Network recognizes the achievements made so far while producing new perspectives, methods and interventions with an intersectional, intentional and inclusive lens. The leading advocate for women in STEM the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) serves as the backbone organization of the ARC Network.

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