Working Groups

IRLE provides funding for faculty and students to convene working groups to explore themes relating to labor and the lives of workers. The goal of this program is to foster scholarly dialogue, exchange of ideas, and seed research initiatives around a broad range of topics.

Working group awards range from $500-$1000 for the academic year. Funds may be used for materials, meeting costs, honoraria and travel for outside speakers. Spending for student assistance may also be allowed but must be included in the original budget.

IRLE also offers the following support to working groups:

  • Convening space (three meeting rooms, gathering space and work spaces)
  • Event support (publicity, logistics, planning)
  • Grant application support (we provide pre- and post-award support)

Our long-term goal is to help working groups obtain ongoing external funding for research and educational activities. Upon completion of an annual report detailing their first year, groups are eligible to apply for a second year of $1,000 – $5,000 in funding.

Eligibility: Groups must include a mix of faculty and students and have a primary coordinator. We place high priority on interdisciplinary projects.

Deadline: Applications for 2019-20 working groups are now closed. Please check back for details on the 2020-2021 application process.

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Questions? Contact Lori Ann Ospina, Associate Director of IRLE at