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What is WIPAR?

The Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research serves as a bridge between the academic and policy worlds, advancing scholarly research that addresses pressing issues and concerns. The Institute helps SPA researchers organize and support research projects and promotes collaborative work, effectively putting the lessons of academic research into practice.

WIPAR helps faculty members navigate the proposal process, offering hands-on expertise in conceptualizing, drafting, and coordinating the process between you and the SPA administration. Whether you have an idea and need to find a funding source or if you have a proposal that is ready for submission, we are here to help you start the process.
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WIPAR Programming

WIPAR hosts Ideas Labs for faculty to present developing research ideas, discuss and brainstorm with their peers. For more information, email wipar

WIPAR hosts a workshop for School of Public Affairs PhD students interested in pre-doctoral dissertation fellowships and other funding opportunities. For more information, email wipar

WIPAR hosts speakers from funding organizations to discuss their grant processes. For more information, email wipar

Apply to be a WIPAR Summer Fellow. Link to the application here

WIPAR Newsletter

Find our monthly newsletter here 

Upcoming Deadline Calendar

WIPAR Events

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Expanding Opportunity in America with Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann

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Justice and Opportunity for All with Darren Walker

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Inequality in America: Beyond the Numbers

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WIPAR Fellows

WIPAR Fellow

Khaldoun AbouAssi

Professor AbouAssi’s research focuses on nonprofit and public management from a comparative perspective, examining organizational capacity.


WIPAR Fellow

Janice Iwama

Professor Iwama’s research focuses on examining local conditions and social processes that influence hate crimes and racial profiling.