Opportunities for Faculty

IRLE supports faculty across campus who work on issues related to labor and employment. IRLE has over 100 faculty affiliates from across campus, and is governed by an advisory committee.

2018-19 IRLE Call for Faculty and Student Research Proposals
The Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) at the University of California, Berkeley supports rigorous interdisciplinary research projects on topics aligned with our mission: to understand the dynamics and policies affecting workers, working life, and employment. We are inviting applications from UC Berkeley faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students. Applications for 2018-19 are now closed; awards will be announced Friday, May 4.»
Faculty research awards

IRLE Faculty Research Awards

The Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) at the University of California, Berkeley supports rigorous interdisciplinary research projects on topics aligned with our mission: to understand the dynamics and policies affecting workers, working life, and employment. We invite applications from UC Berkeley faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students. Read more about this program.» Applications for 2018-19 are now closed; awards will be announced Friday, May 4.

Current Awardees

Past Awardees


Grant management

IRLE provides pre- and post-award assistance for faculty applying for extramural research funding. In 2016-17, IRLE supported successful faculty proposals to the Russell Sage Foundation, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, among others.

To learn more about our services and to request assistance, please contact Nan Cramer at nan.cramer@berkeley.edu.

Publishing with IRLE

IRLE has two publication series to which faculty can submit their work.

  • Our Policy Briefs take working papers or academic publications and presents a condensed, policy-friendly version for a broader audience. We handle drafting, editing, and publicity.
  • Our Working Paper series publishes cutting-edge faculty research.
Replication data

IRLE’s storage archive hosts replication data for faculty affiliates.

Secure data hosting

IRLE also hosts secure data sets for researchers and facilitates the process for obtaining administrative and other secure data.

Visiting Scholars Program

IRLE provides institutional support and space for visiting scholars who are working closely with UC Berkeley faculty.

Meeting space

IRLE also hosts a variety of seminars, conferences, debates and courses relating to our mission. We have several meeting rooms available to Berkeley faculty affiliates; contact Charlotte Rutty: (510) 642-3651, charlotterutty@berkeley.edu.

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