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Become a Faculty Expert

Criteria for Expert Affiliation

Affiliation with Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan is available to U-M faculty on all campuses who have an active appointment in a U-M department* and a track record of poverty-related research.

Faculty Expert Benefits

  • Participation in a campus-wide interdisciplinary initiative seeking to support U-M faculty and researchers studying and testing strategies for the prevention and alleviation of poverty and advising policymakers to inform change.
  • Funding opportunities: Exclusive updates on Poverty Solutions grant programs and other funding opportunities (more on our grant programs)
  • Access to Poverty Solutions administrative, communications, and government relations infrastructure.
  • Online Poverty Solutions profile: We create an online profile for each Poverty Solutions faculty affiliate. You also can explore the profile database to discover potential new collaborators!
  • Email updates: Our Poverty Solutions newsletter, and periodic faculty-specific emails, will keep you informed about opportunities, upcoming events, and initiative-wide news. Your staff and trainees can also subscribe to Poverty Solutions newsletters.
  • Seminars, workshops, networking and other events: Poverty Solutions affiliates and their teams have access to a range of events organized or co-sponsored by Poverty Solutions. Most events are open to faculty, staff, and trainees, but some are restricted. 
  • Communications support and training: We work to promote our affiliates’ work via social media, newsletters, and news opportunities. We create lay-friendly materials, connect affiliates to reporters seeking sources, and coordinate with other U-M communicators. 

How to Apply

Submit a brief description of your interests as they relate to poverty alleviation, as well as a current copy of your CV and profile image to Your application will be reviewed by the Poverty Solutions leadership on a rolling basis and a determination of affiliation will be made based upon the criteria stated above. Notification of your application is typically made within 30 days of application.

* affiliates maintain their home unit appointment