Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

The Herb Kohl Public Service Research Competition supports nonpartisan research by La Follette School faculty members that informs critical public policy and governance debates and advances evidence-based decision-making.

Former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl has pledged $300,000 each year beginning in 2016 to support the research competition. The primary competition will fund:

  • hiring of La Follette student project assistants
  • collection of original data or analysis of existing data
  • salary support for faculty members who devote significant time in the summer toward the completion of their Kohl Competition research projects
  • activities to further the “impact” of the research with the public and/or public decision-makers

Two types of awards are available:
Research awards primarily support faculty members’ research.
Outreach awards amplify exposure and influence to ongoing faculty research through a scholarly workshop, a public symposium, or other outreach activity on or off campus.
Learn more about the Herb Kohl Public Service Research Competition (pdf)

Awards, Reports

Round One – Awarded in 2016
Round Two – Awarded in 2017
Round Three – Awarded in 2018
Round Four – Awarded in 2019
Round Five  – Awarded in 2020
Round Six – Awarded in 2021