IRLE Working Groups 2017-18 Call for Proposals

IRLE is accepting funding proposals from faculty, students, and campus researchers for interdisciplinary working groups to explore themes relating to labor and employment in 2017-18. The goal of this program is to foster scholarly dialogue across departments, promote collaborative research projects, and build a foundation for interdisciplinary conversations on important contemporary issues affecting labor and working life.

Working group awards range from $500-$1000 for the academic year. Funds may be used for materials, meeting expenses, conference hosting, honoraria for speakers, and other research and education expenses.

IRLE will also offer the following in-kind support to groups:

  • Space (we have three meeting rooms, informal gathering space and work spaces)
  • Event support (publicity, logistics, planning)
  • Grant application support

Our goal is to help sustain working groups for multiple years and support pursuit of additional funding for collaborative research and educational activities. Upon completion of an annual report detailing their first year, groups are eligible to apply for a second year of increased funding in 2018-19.


Groups must have a primary coordinator, and must include more than one department or unit. We place high priority on projects that include both faculty and students and that demonstrate strong interdisciplinary potential.

To Apply

Complete an application form at, with details about your proposed activities, who will be involved in the group, goals for the year, and budget.


We will begin reviewing proposals August 21 and initial awards will be announced by August 31. We will continue to review proposals on a rolling basis until funds are spent.


Contact Sara Hinkley, Associate Director of IRLE at