Carsey School of Public Policy Summer Scholars Program

Carsey School of Public Policy Summer Scholars Program


The Carsey School of Public Policy supports faculty scholarship that informs public policy or contributes to its design, implementation, and evaluation.  To that end, the School’s Summer Scholars Program will award up to five fellowships of $10,000 each to members of the UNH faculty in the summer of 2015 for the purpose of producing a scholarly work in the form of a peer-reviewed manuscript, an exhibit or artistic production, or submission of a competitive proposal for external funding, and a Carsey Brief.  UNH tenure-track, research, clinical, and extension faculty of all ranks are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to proposals that relate to Carsey School strengths and areas of concentration, broadly defined.  Preference will also be given to proposals that could contribute to building inter-disciplinary faculty collaboration on future projects related to the Carsey School. 

The Carsey Summer Scholars Program will be structured as follows:

  1. Fellowships of $10,000 will be provided in the form of a summer stipend.  A Summer Scholar may choose to receive a smaller stipend and use the balance for RA support, travel, or related research expenses.
  2. Summer Scholars will constitute a cohort that will meet monthly (for approximately 2 hours) during the summer and once during Fall for facilitated peer discussion of emerging work products.  
  3. Scholarly products may be intended for a range of peer-reviewed outlets (articles, chapters, proposals, etc.). 
  4. All Scholars will be required to write a policy brief, to be published by Carsey.  Guidance and technical assistance for brief writing will be provided by Carsey staff.

2015 Summer Scholars 

Catherine Ashcraft, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Natural Resources & the Environment
“Collaborating for Climate Change Adaptation: A Case Study of the NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup.”

Karen Conway, Professor, Dept. of Economics
“Do State Income Tax Breaks Attract and Retain Retirees?”

Tom Haines, Assistant Professor, Dept. of English
“An Odyssey into America’s Energy Landscape.”

Megan Howey, Associate Professor, Dept. of Anthropology
“Climate Change, Sea-Level Rise, and Cultural Heritage Vulnerability.”

Madeleine Mineau, Research Assistant Professor, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS)
“Strahler Stream Order as a Classification System in Water Policy.”

Learn more about our past Scholars 

Publication Schedule 

  1. First drafts of scholarly products should be completed by September 1, 2015.
  2. Submissions for publication or external funding and the first draft of the policy brief should be completed by January 31, 2016.
  3. A one-page report summarizing the achievements of the Summer Scholar should be submitted to the Director of the Carsey School by March 15, 2016.


Eligible faculty should submit via email a three-page narrative proposal (maximum 1,000 words; not including references) and a brief budget indicating the intended use of the stipend (see 1 above) to Susan Colucci ( A current CV and letter of support from the faculty member’s department chair/program director should accompany the narrative.  

Proposals will be reviewed by Michael Ettlinger (Director), Curt Grimm (Deputy Director), and the Carsey Research Committee: Michele Dillon (Chair), John Aber, Semra Aytur, Ellen Cohn, Ken Johnson, and Paul Kirshen.  Questions may be directed to Michele Dillon ( Consideration will be given to a proposal’s policy relevance, the scholarly potential of the proposed product, the feasibility of completion by January 2016, and the qualifications of the applicant.