Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

The Herb Kohl Public Service Research Competition supports nonpartisan research by La Follette School faculty members that informs critical public policy and governance debates and advances evidence-based decision-making.

Former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl has pledged $300,000 each year beginning in 2016 to support the research competition. The primary competition will fund:

• hiring of La Follette student project assistants
• collection of original data or analysis of existing data
• salary support for faculty members who devote significant time in the summer toward the completion of their Kohl Competition research projects
• activities to further the “impact” of the research with the public and/or public decision-makers

Two types of awards are available:
Research awards primarily support faculty members’ research.
Outreach awards amplify exposure and influence to ongoing faculty research through a scholarly workshop, a public symposium, or other outreach activity on or off campus.

Round One timeline
Applications due: September 15, 2016
Award announcement: On or before October 30, 2016
Funds available: November 2016 to December 2017

Round Two timeline
Applications due: June 1, 2017
Award announcement: On or before July 1, 2017
Funds available: August 1, 2017 to September 1, 2018


Awards, Reports

Round One – Awarded in 2016

Round Two – Awarded in 2017


Herb Kohl Public Service Research Competition Overview (pdf)