Announcing the HARC Early Career Scholars Awards Link copied to clipboard

May 2024


The Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative (HARC) is launching a mentoring program to increase the pipeline of early career scholars who will engage in home visiting research. Through this program, HARC will provide mentoring to a cohort of up to 5 early career researchers who will have the opportunity to learn from established home visiting researchers and receive mentoring regarding their overall career development. The program’s duration is September 2024 to July 2025.

Specifically, HARC Early Career Scholars will receive:

  • Up to $3,000 to support participation in cohort activities
  • Monthly 1:1 mentoring meetings with established home visiting researcher(s)
  • Mentoring and support to complete a research product related to home visiting
  • Quarterly cohort meetings that include research presentations and feedback

And will be able to participate in:

  • the HARC annual meeting in September 2024 (travel expenses covered)
  • HARC webinars designed specifically for early career scholars
  • the HARC early career Special Interest Group

Eligibility: Applicants must be in the early stages of their career as researchers. HARC defines this as advanced doctoral students (i.e., completion of coursework), post-doctoral researchers who are within 5 years of receiving their PhDs, and researchers (Masters or PhD level) at state agencies, nonprofit organizations or research firms who are also within 5 years of beginning their work as researchers. Applicants should have demonstrated their investment in applied research in early childhood settings, which does not necessarily have to be in the home visiting arena. We will accept applicants from a variety of work settings (e.g., academic institutions, research firms, state agencies, non-profit organizations) and disciplines (e.g., education, human development and family studies, psychology, public health, social work, sociology). We encourage applicants from backgrounds underrepresented among early childhood and home visiting researchers. 

Applications: Are due by June 10, 2024, and will include the following:

  • The online application
  • A cover letter describing your research interests and career plans; how you would like to engage in home visiting research; your reasons for applying to take part in this award; and how aspect(s) of your identity have shaped your research or career path
  • A current CV
  • An example of your best writing for which you are the primary author
  • Contact information for two references. For applicants who are employed full-time, one reference should be from a supervisor who supports your participation in the program.
  • Please collect and submit your materials using the link below:

The HARC Leadership Team will review applications and select candidates to interview, with the expectation of making a decision by July 12, 2024.

For questions about the mentoring program, please contact Dr. Brenda Jones Harden at

HARC is a national research and development platform for innovation to broaden and strengthen home visiting’s benefits for all families and communities, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the Department of Health and Human Services.

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