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Practitioner in Residence Second Call for Applications Spring 2024

The DePaul Migration Collaborative (DMC) is pleased to announce its Practitioner in Residence program which will host scholars, advocates and expert practitioners to participate in its Reframing Refugees Project.  

The Practitioner in Residence program is created for experts and professionals working on migration, immigration and human rights issues.  Practitioners in Residence will contribute to the DMCs Reframing Refugees Project, addressing key challenges facing forced migrants in the United States and across the world. Through the Reframing Refugees Project, the Practitioners in Residence will have the opportunity to inform advocates and decision-makers on social and cultural realities that drive migration, collaborate with faculty engaged in various disciplines at the intersection of migration, outline effective strategies for pursuing claims for protection in the US and develop replicable models for advancing and advocating for better representation and treatment of asylum seekers.  The Practitioner in Residence program is intended to encourage practitioners engaged in scholarly, advocacy and policy work to develop models for responding to a wide range of migration issues.  

Practitioners in Residence will have access to DePaul University libraries, student research assistants, a modest travel budget, and invitations to law school and university events and workshops and administrative support for event planning related to the Reframing Refugees Project.  

Practitioners in Residence will have the opportunity to participate in the broader life of the College of Law and the University and to share their expertise with the broader community, including institutional partners, through dedicated lectures, presentations or discussions.  Additionally, the Practitioner in Residence will engage with DePaul faculty and community partners in field area expertise to inform practices and policies.  

Practitioners are in residence for a flexible period of between 3 to 6 months of residency (beginning as early as December 1 with the residency to be completed no later than June 15, 2024). Residencies allow for some remote work.  Practitioners in Residence are expected to be in residence in person for at least half of the residency.

Practitioners in Residence will have the opportunity to engage in research at the intersection of forced migration and US immigration policy.  The DMC encourages all practitioners interested in advancing the rights of migrants to apply.  Applications are encouraged from those working on areas related to subject matter expertise that address drivers of migration in the current regional context including recent arrival of migrants from Venezuela, Colombia and Haiti as well as expertise in policy advocacy as the local, state and national level.  The DMC seeks Practitioners in Residence who can inform and train stakeholders and decision-makers.

The Practitioner in Residence will:

  • Participate in all Redefining Refugee Project working groups and DMC gatherings during the period of the residency.
  • Engage with internal and external institutional partners through monthly talks, workshops, trainings or presentations.
  • Consult with DePaul faculty and faculty-engaged community partners as needed.
  • Produce short written publications, op-eds and media appearances as an affiliate of the DMC.
  • Produce a final report addressing findings and recommendations and outlining models for organizational response.
  • Present on their ongoing work at the 2024 DMC conference in April.

Success of the Practitioner in Residence program would focus on the development and dissemination of model responses to emerging and evolving migration patterns and needs.

The Practitioner in Residence will report to the DMC's Faculty Co-Director, Sioban Albiol.


The Practitioner in Residence program does not provide a salary or cover living expenses.  Compensation is provided under a generous professional services contract.  The amount of the award will depend on the length of the residency and scope of work. A modest travel stipend is also provided.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted on rolling basis through October 13, 2023

The application requires submission of:

1.     Curriculum Vitae (uploaded in PDF format)

2.     One page letter of interest

3.     Proposed work plan and timeline which addresses the proposed start date (no earlier than Nov 15, 2023) and end date (no later than June 15, 2024), key objectives and deliverables and includes a proposed budget.

4.     Two References

Applications and all supporting documents should be submitted HERE. If there are questions regarding this application please email