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 a advisory committee.

We support faculty in the following ways:

Faculty research grants

IRLE 2017-2018 GSR Awards

IRLE invites faculty to submit proposals for GSR awards to be used in the 2017-2018 academic year. Awards are for the cost of a 50% GSR at Step I for one semester, with in-state fee remission. We will also consider proposals for other support (e.g. a 25% GSR, travel support, data purchases, etc.) for the
same or lower funding amount.

To be eligible, you must be a Senate faculty member and not on leave during 2017-18. The project to be supported must relate to IRLE’s core mission of labor and employment research (defined broadly; see the working papers at http://irle.berkeley.edu/working-papers/ for a sense of the allowable range). Applications from junior faculty members, from those who have not received a recent IRLE award, and for projects undertaken in collaboration with IRLE’s research centers will receive special consideration.

To submit a proposal, please email the following information to IRLE Program Assistant Charlotte Rutty at charlotterutty@berkeley.edu by April 15.


Current 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 Megan Collins at meganjcollins@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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