The Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service in collaboration with the Virginia Municipal League administer a Practitioner-in-Residence position that connects scholars and practicing public servants within the Commonwealth of Virginia, to support rigorous and practical research in the public service arena, and to give the Commonwealth of Virginia access to practical, helpful, top-notch research.

The scholarship will fund (every two years for ten hours a week) a researcher, scholar, or governance professional to serve as a Cooper Center Practitioner-in-Residence who will contribute to the research priorities of the Weldon Cooper Center and release a report on their research during that biennium. 

The Practitioner-in-Residence program is funded by the The Morton F. Wallerstein Scholarship Program, which was established in 1973 to foster interest and research in Virginia local government. Advancing the capacities of these organizations to be data-driven, innovative, and impactful is central to the mission of the Weldon Cooper Center and to the Virginia Municipal League.

This opportunity will be offered based upon applicant interest and qualifications.


Meet our Practitioner-in-Residence

Dr. Tarron J. Richardson, owner and CEO of Efficient and Effective Government Solutions, LLC, begins his practitioner position in the Weldon Cooper Center on July 1, 2021. Read more about Dr. Richardson.


If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, contact Michael Phillips, Associate Director, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.

Email: mwp2q@virginia.edu
Phone: 434-982-5549