The Kinder Institute is now accepting applications through August 31 for its Rice Kinder Scholars program.

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 this academic year. Two applicants are selected each year as Rice Kinder Scholars with tenures of one year.

Rice Kinder Scholars are given a stipend of $2,000 and priority access to data housed on the Kinder Institute's Urban Data Platform. At the end of their tenure, Rice Kinder Scholars are required to submit a working paper or a data product and present their research at a Kinder Research Seminar.

Learn more about the program here.

Kinder Scholars

Kinder Scholars are researchers who have their own funding sources but seek "soft" support from the Kinder Institute. Scholars may be 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. This is a short-term appointment for no more than a year. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Only a limited number of Kinder Scholars will be selected each year.

Click here to download 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.