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Apply to be a Virtual Visiting Scholar

Each year, the ARC Network selects two to four 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.

General Guidelines

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. 


  • June 17, 2022, 5:00pm ET – Submissions Close
  • July 15, 2022 – Acceptance Notifications Distributed
  • August 1, 2022 – Program Term Begins
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Virtual Visiting Scholars

Call for Proposals

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 the 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 on the NSF website.
  • Projects proposing new data collection will NOT be reviewed. 
  • The review panel will give priority to topics that have not been addressed in prior projects. View prior projects.
  • 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.
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About the ARC Network

Funded by the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Program, Awards HRD-1740860 and HRD-2121468, 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 Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN), which is under contract with the National Science Foundation to administer the entire ARC Network. Learn more about the ARC Network.

Call for Proposals


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.

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Application Process

Submit Application

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 17, 2022, at 5:00 pm ET

Closing date is June 17, 2022, 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.

Decisions will be made by July 15, 2022

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 15, 2022. All decisions are final.

Virtual Visiting Scholars term begins August 1, 2022

The Virtual Visiting Scholar term begins August 1, 2022. Up to four (4) awards are made annually.

Research Board and Executive Team

View Research Board and Executive Team members.

Do you have questions?

Direct questions to the Chair of the ARC Network Research Board at

Call for Proposals

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 and the current state of knowledge
  • Summary of proposed meta-analysis or meta-synthesis techniques (1-page maximum)
  • Bibliography (2-page maximum)

Additional Documents

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