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American Association for Public Opinion Research

Roper Nomination Information/Process

Deadline and Eligibility Extended

See past Roper AAPOR Fellow Award Winners.

The Burns "Bud" Roper AAPOR Fellow Award
is intended to help people who work in any sector of survey research or public opinion research, who work in relatively isolated settings, and who are in the early stages of their careers to attend the AAPOR Annual Conference and participate in short courses. The 2021 Bud Roper Fund will award waiver of Conference registration and annual membership fees and waiver of fees for one short course. Individuals may apply for Conference attendance, short course participation, or both. 

Applicants need not be current AAPOR members, but are expected to join at the time of the Annual Conference. 

UPDATE: Since the 2021 awards do not involve a travel component, the restriction on individuals receiving an award more than once has been removed for this year. Individuals who have won these awards in previous years will be eligible for these awards at the 2021 virtual conference and 2021 virtual conference awards will not count toward future award eligibility. 

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 in the early stages of their career. 
  3. Be willing to attend the All Chapter Reception, Awards Banquet and additional networking events held during the Conference to be determined.

Preference will be given to:

  1. Those who might not be able to attend the Conference without some support from AAPOR
  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 participating in the Conference by taking a short course, presenting a paper or poster, co-authoring a paper, chairing a session, or volunteering at the conference.

This award is intended for people who would not be able to attend the conference unless they received supplemental funding from AAPOR.

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 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, letter of support and a letter from the applicant's employer must be received by February 15, 2021 in order to be considered for the 2021 Roper Fellow Award. Please be sure to include your name on the application as you would like it to appear in the Conference program should you receive an award.