Visiting Scholars Program

LIS Visiting Scholars:

  • are assigned office space and given access to a secure personal computer with office applications and statistical software packages, including SAS, SPSS, and Stata.
  • have direct access to LIS/LWS microdata (with the exception of two countries, Finland and Poland, where the data providers have not provided their consent). Direct access means that Visiting Scholars are not restricted to using the remote-execution system while on-site. Access to the microdata is conditional on completing an additional permission form, is limited to the on-site visit, and is provided on a secure computer with no access to the Internet, email, or any electronic storage devices.
  • may have approved software (other than SAS, SPSS, Stata, or R) installed on an assigned secure personal computer.
  • have access to the LIS data staff for intensive consultation, as needed.

Program Expectations

As a LIS Visiting Scholar, you are expected to:

  • meet any special conditions before direct access to the data is permitted
  • post the results of any research carried out during the visit to the Working Papers Series before publication in a professional venue

LIS currently offers a Visiting Scholar program in Luxembourg in two ways:


Applicants working and living within the EU member states or associated countries can now apply for a funded visit on-site through the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme: the Inclusive Growth Research Infrastructure Diffusion project (InGRID).

What is offered?

InGRID offers free-of-charge access to research infrastructures with data sets and expertise within the fields of poverty, living conditions, working conditions, vulnerable groups, policy analysis and statistical quality management in social sciences.

Time frame:

The InGRID project started in February 2012 and ends in January 2017.

How to apply:

During the project duration, 10 calls will be launched quarterly. Potential users can then apply for a visiting grant through the InGRID online application procedure.

Provisional schedule:

Call Opening of call Closing of call Results selection panel Access period starting from Status
1 21-05-13 15-08-13 18-09-13 01-10-13 Call closed
2 11-09-13 21-11-13 16-12-13 01-01-14 Call closed
3 15-12-13 15-03-14 15-04-14 01-05-14 Call closed
4 15-04-14 15-07-14 15-08-14 01-10-14 Call closed
5 15-09-14 15-11-14 15-12-14 01-02-15 Call closed
6 15-12-14 15-03-15 15-04-15 01-06-15 Call closed
7 15-04-15 26-07-15 15-09-15 01-10-15 Call closed
8 15-10-15 15-12-15 31-01-16 01-03-16 Call closed
9 15-02-16 15-03-16 15-04-16 01-06-16 Call closed
10 15-04-16 15-07-16 15-08-16 01-10-16 Call closed


2. LIS Visiting Scholar Program

For researchers affiliated with institutes outside the EU zone, the LIS Visiting Scholars program provides funded visits on-site in our Luxembourg office.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • is open to researchers of all nationalities, with preference granted to researchers from LIS participating countries
  • welcomes applications from researchers at all levels of seniority, although prior experience using the LIS or LWS microdata is required
  • accepts applications from individual researchers or from groups working on a collaborative project
  • considers proposals that indicate a clear need for an on-site stay in Luxembourg

How to Apply

A complete application must include three things:

1. Application

The application form is available online in PDF format. Note that with Adobe Reader you can only fill in the fields and print; Adobe Professional also allows you to save and email the document. Apply Now

2. A brief description of your proposed research project

This should outline your plans for research, including a justification of your on-site empirical work. Explain how your research interests can benefit from and contribute to cross-national research using the LIS or LWS microdata.

3. Curriculum Vitae

Send your completed application to

Applicants will be informed of the results of their application within four weeks of submission. If the Selection Committee rejects a proposal, it will indicate the reasons for the rejection and possibly make suggestions for a revised proposal.


Research proposals are accepted throughout the year.

Selection Criteria

The Visiting Scholars Selection Committee will evaluate each proposal based on:

• overall quality of the project
• scientific value
• technical value
• originality
• methodological approach
• potential for academic publication
• clear indication of how the project will benefit from an on-site visit in Luxembourg
• clear indication of a product that can be used by LIS staff, researchers, and users (i.e., a new dataset or methodological contribution)

NOTE: Projects that can be completed easily off-site will not be considered.