University of Wisconsin - Madison

Polmeth XXXIV

Application Process

Note: The application process was closed on April 10, 2017. Applicants will be notified by May 26.

The Program Committee invites applications to participate in the 34th annual meeting of the Society for Political Methodology. The meeting will be hosted by the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The conference will include panel presentations of a single project and poster sessions for faculty members and graduate students that will provide ample opportunity for rich interaction and scholarly interchange.

Who should apply:

  • Faculty members who wish to present their research as a paper or a poster
  • Faculty members who wish to serve as a discussant
  • Faculty members who wish to attend the conference without presenting
  • Junior faculty members who wish to be considered for travel funding
  • Graduate students who wish to attend or present a poster (important note: graduate students also require a letter of support from an advisor; see below.)

The deadline for applications is Monday, April 10, 2017. This deadline is firm and will not be extended.

Click here to apply to attend the summer meeting:

What can be proposed: Faculty applicants are invited to propose a poster, a paper; to act as a discussant; or simply to attend the meeting. Graduate students are strongly encouraged to propose a poster presentation - which has a long history of being career-enhancing - but may also apply just to attend. All research topics relevant to political methodology are welcome.

Proposal guidelines: Proposals for paper and/or poster presentations at the conference should be no longer than one page (between 250 and 500 words) and summarize the research question, investigative methodology, and findings.

Funding opportunities: Courtesy of the National Science Foundation, we are able to fund about 30 graduate students whose poster proposals are selected as the most promising. All graduate students need to supply a letter from a faculty sponsor. Also through this NSF grant, we are able to fund, as part of a diversity initiative, a limited number of junior faculty and graduate students from historically under-represented groups as well as junior faculty at departments with restricted travel funds. Other faculty are expected to seek support from their home institutions or otherwise use their own support funds to cover their travel and hotel expenses.

Notice to graduate students and their advisors: Each graduate student attendee must have his or her application supported by a faculty recommendation. These recommendations are submitted through a web form and are due on Monday, April 10, 2017. They are typically 2 to 3 paragraphs in length and discuss the student’s poster proposal, methodological training, and any other information that would be relevant for the Program Committee. We strongly encourage students to give their potential recommenders as much advance notice as possible and to inform them of the April 10, 2017 deadline.

Recommendations can be submitted at this link:

Questions or concerns above the host site and program logistics of the meeting can be directed to

Questions regarding general procedures, practices, and other matters of the Society or the conference can be directed to Jeffrey B. Lewis,

Host Committee

Barry Burden, Jon Pevehouse, Eleanor Powell, & Alex Tahk

Program Committee

John Ahlquist, Barry Burden, Benjamin Lauderdale, Suzanna Linn, Jon Pevehouse, Eleanor Powell, Molly Roberts, & Alex Tahk

Graduate Assistant

Anna Meier