Early Career Work and Family Fellowship Program

The Work and Family Researchers Network is committed to mentoring the next generation of work and family scholars. Our Early Career Fellowship Program provides support for recent doctoral recipients to advance their research, teaching, and long-term career prospects. By offering networked resources and consultation, we help promising new scholars move into tenure-track, tenured appointments and secure senior-level positions, as well as engage them with the work and family community of scholars.

Call for Applications

The Work and Family Researchers Network (WFRN) is seeking applicants for its 2024-2025 Early Career Work and Family Fellowships. The goal of the program is to help promising young scholars establish career successes and integrate them within the WFRN research community.  Fellows receive a 2024 membership in the WFRN, conference registration, and $250 to attend an Early Career Fellowship Preconference (June 19, 2024) and the 2024 WFRN Conference (June 20-22, 2024) in Montreal, Canada. To be eligible, candidates must have received their doctorate in 2019 or later and have yet to progress into tenured or secure senior level positions.  Work-family scholars with doctorates granted in the last three years are especially encouraged to apply.

Submit Your Application

The extended application of November 1, 2023 has now passed and the WFRN is no longer accepting additional applications.  Questions about the applications can be directed to Executive Officer Stephen Sweet at info@wfrn.org.

Application Preparation Guidance

Applicants are advised to illuminate specific circumstances that relate to the impact that participation in the Early Career Fellowship program might have on their own careers.  In your application you will be asked to report information on your doctoral work, current employment, reasons for applying to the program, likelihood of attending the 2024 WFRN conference and ECF preconference, interest in working collaboratively with other fellowship recipients, research interests and teaching interests.

History of the Early Career Fellowship Program

In 2005, the directors of the Sloan Centers on Working Families discussed the challenges that their doctoral students experience as they transition from their Ph.D. granting institutions into their entry level jobs (most commonly as assistant professors).  Their concern was that their former students reported feeling isolated and missed the support that was extended through the Sloan Centers.  In identifying this concern, the center directors considered strategies for extending support to their graduates to maximize the career prospects of the next generation of work-family scholars, and thereby help secure the future of work and family scholarship.

In response, the Sloan Foundation funded an initiative called The Early Career Work and Family Scholars Program to identify promising academics who had recently received their doctorates and to integrate them into a wider community of work and family scholars. The WFRN has provided support to 140 newer Ph.D. recipients, many of whom have now moved on from their “early career” stage to become recognized leaders in the work and family community.  Participants in the current and previous cohorts are listed below

The goal of the program is to help promising young scholars establish career successes, integrate them within the WFRN research community, and guide translation of their research to inform the work of decision-makers. Fellows receive membership in the WFRN, conference registration, and financial support to attend an Early Career Fellowship Preconference  and the  WFRN Conference. To be eligible, candidates must have recently received their doctorate and have yet to progress into tenured or secure senior level positions.  Questions about the Early Career Fellowships can be addressed to the co-directors Nicole Denier, Ph.D. (nicole.denier@ualberta.ca) and Yang Hu, Ph.D. Yang Hu (yang.hu@lancaster.ac.uk)

Selection Procedures

The Early Career Fellowship Program Director, in concert with the WFRN Executive Officer Tammy Allen, will compose a committee of 3-4 members.  Selection procedures include consideration of diversities, potential impact of the program on the recipient’s career, and recipient interests in different elements of the program, and cohort cohesion.

Early Career Fellowship Cohorts

Early Career Fellow 2024-25

  • Mariam Abouelenin, Ph.D., Lancaster University, UK
  • Kwaku Abrefa Busia, Ph.D., Lingnan University, Hong Kong, China
  • Miriam Barcus, Ph.D., The State University of New York at Cortland, USA
  • Sarah Bourdeau, Ph.D., University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada
  • Haley Cobb, Ph.D., Louisiana State University, USA
  • Vanessa Conzon, Ph.D., Boston College, USA
  • LaToya Council, Ph.D., Lehigh University, USA
  • Allison Daminger, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, USA
  • Moses Dang, Ph.D., Teesside University, UK
  • Victoria Daniel, Ph.D., York University, Canada
  • Camille Desjardins, Ph.D., Renmin University, China
  • Juliana de Castro Galvao, Ph.D., University of Oxford, UK
  • Christina Hymer, Ph.D., University of Tennessee, USA
  • Cynthia Halliday, Ph.D., The University of Texas at El Paso, USA
  • Sidra Kamran, Ph.D., Lewis & Clark College, USA
  • Nicole Kapelle, Ph.D., Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
  • Thomas Lyttelton, Ph.D., Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • Weverthon Barbosa Machado, Ph.D., Utrecht University, the Netherlands
  • Eunjeong Paek, Ph.D., University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
  • Vedavati Patwardhan, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, USA
  • Federica Querin, Ph.D., University of Bologna, Italy
  • Harchand Ram, Ph.D., International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai, India
  • Megan N. Reed, Ph.D., Emory University, USA
  • Joseph Regina, Ph.D., Rutgers University, USA
  • Laila Schmitt, Ph.D., LMU Munich, Germany
  • Meredith Slopen, Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center, USA
  • Haoming Song, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, USA
  • Daniela R. Urbina Julio, Ph.D., University of Southern California, USA
  • Lili Vargha, Ph.D., Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
  • Mengyi Xu, Ph.D., Birmingham University, UK

Prior Early Career Fellowship Cohorts