Researchers across the globe are invited to work with the Kinder Institute through its Affiliated Researchers Program, which includes three components: Rice Kinder Scholars, Kinder Scholars and Kinder Fellows. Researchers with these affiliations play a vital role in supporting the Kinder Institute's work as a "think-and-do" tank and help to advance understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing urban areas.

Rice Kinder Scholars

The Kinder Institute accepts applications each academic year from Rice graduate students or post-doctoral fellows who conduct high-quality research on Houston or projects that are directly connected to the research programs of the institute. Applications are due by August 31 each academic year. Two applicants are selected each year as Rice Kinder Scholars with tenures of one year.

Benefits

  • Rice Kinder Scholars receive a fellowship of $2,000. Scholars are expected to provide their own funding for research.
  • With proper IRB protocol and approval from the Kinder Institute Urban Data Platform’s oversight committee, Rice Kinder Scholars will have access to data housed at the Urban Data Platform for their proposed research projects.

Expectations

  • Rice Kinder Scholars are required to submit a research proposal that uses data housed on the Urban Data Platform. Rice Kinder Scholars are encouraged to collaborate with researchers at the Kinder Institute on the project.
  • At the end of the tenure, Rice Kinder Scholars are required to submit a working paper on their research that could be published through Kinder Institute’s regular publishing program; or data products from the work that could be published to the Urban Data Platform.
  • Rice Kinder Scholars are also required to present their research at the Kinder Research Seminar.
  • Rice Kinder Scholars are asked to cite the institute in publications and presentations resulting from time as an affiliate.
  • During the appointment, Rice Kinder Scholars are welcome to participate in seminars hosted by the Kinder Institute, and are encouraged to submit blog posts on urban issues.

Kinder Scholars

The Kinder Institute accepts applications each year on a rolling basis from professors and researchers, post-doctoral fellows, or graduate students who conduct high quality research on Houston here in town, or projects that are directly connected to the research programs of the institute. 

Benefits

Kinder Scholars are appointed without stipend. Scholars are expected to provide their own funding and living expenses, but they are eligible for additional research support contingent on availability. In addition, Kinder Scholars will receive a Rice ID that provides library access during their time in Houston. 

Expectations

Kinder Scholars are encouraged to participate in seminars hosted by the Kinder Institute and make at least one presentation to the group during the appointment. Kinder Scholars are asked to cite the institute in publications and presentations resulting from time as an affiliate. Scholars are also asked to provide an up-to-date biosketch and contact information for the Kinder Institute website.

A Kinder Scholar’s tenure is no more than one year. At the end of the tenure, Scholars are requested to submit a public product such as a policy brief or a blog post for a lay audience, or a working paper on their year’s research that will be published through Kinder Institute’s regular publishing program.

Click here to access the application form.

Kinder Fellows

Kinder Fellows include several categories of researchers:

  1. Program directors who are actively participating in research projects at the Kinder Institute.
  2. Other Rice professors who maintain a long-term affiliation with the Kinder Institute and are available to work on research projects, but are not paid on an ongoing basis.
  3. Senior researchers or subject-matter experts from other universities or institutions who maintain a long-term affiliation with the Kinder Institute and whose research interest is consistent with the Kinder Institute's overall mission.

Selection is by invitation only.