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Deep Dive

Take a Deep Dive with WCMER


WCMER Deep Dive Fellows address complex issues facing metropolitan areas, while providing opportunities for faculty at WCMER member institutions to lead multi-state or national projects. Each WCMER Deep Dive is led by a funded WCMER Fellow, a subject matter expert from a member institution, who will provide leadership to:

  • assess the current state of the issue –the current knowledge base, and the need and opportunities within metropolitan communities;
  • build a collaborative network of other professionals working in an area;
  • identify and pursue funding opportunities; and
  • help advance the knowledge base of other Extension professionals.

How we Support Deep Dive Applied Research

To support these Deep Dives, WCMER provides:

  • funding to the Fellow to support their deep dive;
  • grant support for multi-university projects, including established master agreements with WCMER member institutions;
  • staffing support for workshops, webinars, summits, or other activities associated with the deep dive; and
  • access to metropolitan communities across the nation through connections to WCMER member institutions and the National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) network to help expand the reach and impact of the Deep Dive.

WCMER offers several Deep Dives per year. Each Deep Dive is implemented over a period of approximately two years, with annual funding based on the Center’s approved budget. The goal of each Deep Dive is to build a sustainable network which continues to secure funded projects, produce scholarship and expand Extension’s capacity in metropolitan areas after the formal association with WCMER concludes.

Deep Dive Opportunities

Proposals are accepted annually for Deep Dives and other WCMER Fellowships, and implemented on a fiscal year basis (July 1 – June 30). The application period for fiscal year 2022 has ended. RFP’s for fiscal year 2023 opportunities will be released in spring of 2022.

Learn more about our current and past fellows.


Past Deep Dives

Urban Literature

Policy Development


Urban Green Infrastructure

Career Progression for Urban Extension Professionals

Suburban Housing Affordability

Urban Extension Professional Development