Pre-doctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Program in the Education Sciences

This initiative is supported by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in the US Department of Education.

General Information

The Division of the Social Sciences has a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences to conduct a pre-doctoral fellowship in Educational Research at the University of Chicago. Pre-doctoral training focuses on methods for education research, including statistical methods, measurement methods, and evaluation. This fellowship trains two types of scholars. 1) Scholars who skillfully apply state-of-the-art statistical methods that address pressing questions about the conditions and practices of US education and 2) Scholars who create new methods in response to challenging methodical problems that emerge in the conduct of such educational research. Candidates must be United States citizens or permanent residents, enrolled in the first or second year of a PhD program in the Division of Social Sciences, the Harris School of Public Policy Studies, or the School of Social Service Administration. The fellowship provides tuition support, an annual stipend, and funds to support research efforts and travel expenses.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Course work in education, statistical methods, measurement and program evaluation
  • Disciplinary courses relevant to educational research
  • Active participation in workshops and colloquia
  • Internal research apprenticeship and preparation of portfolio of work
  • External research apprenticeship
  • Dissertation on education problems

Program Director

Stephen W. Raudenbush

Please contact us for additional information.

How to Apply

Inquiries should be directed to: The University of Chicago, Office of the Dean of Students, in the following schools:

  • Kathi Marshall, Harris School of Public Policy Studies, 1155 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
  • B. Patrick Hall, Division of the Social Services, 1130 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL  60637
  • Kelly Pollock, Division of the Social Sciences, 1130 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL  60637
  • Celia M. Bergman, School of Social Service Administration, 969 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637