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The Roper Center & AAPOR partner for the W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship


The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell University and The American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) are pleased to announce their partnership for the W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship in Support of Diversity and Inclusion.

This fellowship will be open to graduate students currently enrolled in a U.S. college or university with a focus on students who identify as a member of a racial or ethnic minority group that has been underrepresented in the field of polling research. Fellowship efforts will be primarily focused on the development of introductory-level instructional materials for use by educators.

AAPOR’s involvement will be in the form of complimentary membership for the fellows, financial support, review of application materials and co-selection of fellows, and providing curriculum and outreach support.

“AAPOR is honored and excited to be involved in this critical partnership with the Roper Center. W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship in Support of Diversity and Inclusion aligns with our goal of broadening the number of students in the field of public opinion research, especially those from underrepresented groups,” said Paul Beatty, AAPOR President.

“With its support of this Fellowship, the Roper Center hopes to expand its role and fulfill a Board priority in adding much needed diversity to the ranks of public opinion research professionals,” shared Robert Shapiro, Roper Center Board Chair and Wallace S. Sayre Professor of Government in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University, “This will benefit the Fellowship holders and, through their professional contributions, the field of public opinion research writ large.”