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Roper Nomination Information/Process

See past Roper AAPOR Fellow Award Winners.

The Burns "Bud" Roper AAPOR Fellow Award
is intended to help people working in survey research or public opinion research and who are in early stages of their careers to attend the annual AAPOR conference and participate in short courses. The 2019 Bud Roper Fund will award up to $1,000 for conference-related expenses including short courses.  

Applicants need not be current AAPOR members, but are expected to join at the time of the annual conference and the funds from the award can go towards the first year's membership. Also, so that we can focus just on individuals in the early stages of their careers, those who have previously won this award cannot apply again.

Applicants must: 

  1. Currently work for pay (full-time or part-time) and have primary work responsibilities related to survey research or public opinion research.
  2. Be willing to attend the Thursday night New-Member & All-Chapter reception, the Saturday night banquet and additional networking events to be determined.

AAPOR will give preference to:

  1. Those participating in the conference program (e.g., paper or poster session presenter, co-author on a paper)
  2. Those who work in relatively isolated settings (that is, who have no or very few colleagues in survey research or public opinion research) and
  3. Those who might not be able to attend the conference without some support from AAPOR 

Employer cost sharing is encouraged, and will be taken into consideration in determining the awards.


In 2019, the AAPOR Membership and Chapter Relations Committee plans to make 4 to 8 awards from the Roper Fund. The Committee will make decisions and notify awardees by the end of February. Awardees will be recognized in the conference program as "Bud" Roper Fellows. 

Supporting materials:

A letter from the applicant's employer of no more than 300 words explaining (a) why the applicant merits an award, (b) how much (if any) the employer will contribute to the employee's conference expenses, and (c) how attendance at the AAPOR conference will enhance the applicant's career in survey research or public opinion research is required to complete the application process.

Application Process:

An award application, and a letter from the applicant's employer, must be submitted by the deadline to be considered for the award. Please be sure to include your name in the application as you would like it to appear in the conference program should you receive an award. Roper Fellow Award applications and supporting materials must be received by midnight, January 18, 2019.

The award application form must be completed online. The letter of support can also be uploaded with the application or can be mailed to the award committee chair at [email protected]