Pre-doctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Program in the Education Sciences

Interdisciplinary Training Program in the Education Sciences

(funded by IES - Institute of Education Sciences in US Department of Education - and University of Chicago)

Join our distinguished interdisciplinary faculty in an ambitious, new, multi-year, university-wide project to understand how we can improve the contribution of schooling to the life success of children growing up in our nation’s cities.

Integrate research and practice to answer questions including but not limited to:

  • How and when children gain skills critical to their long-term success
  • What interventions for promoting those skills are most promising
  • How the interaction between environment and individuals contributes to learning
  • How school organization and leadership best support effective teaching
  • The role of teacher learning and teacher labor markets in promoting effective teaching
  • How different perspectives (biological, neuroscience, socio-emotional, policy) contribute to answers

Receive Generous Support

  • $30,000 stipend per year for 5 years
  • Additional funds for travel and research
  • Full tuition coverage
  • Opportunities for funded dissertation projects

How to Apply
Must apply to participating department or professional school and complete IES Fellowship application. Participating departments and schools: Comparative Human Development, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, the Harris School of Public Policy, and the School of Social Services Administration.

IES applications available at

If you have questions about applying, please contact:

Social Science Division:
B. Patrick Hall, Dean of Students,

Harris School of Public Policy:
Kathi Marshall, Dean of Students,

School of Social Service Administration:
Celia Bergman, Dean of Students,

IES Recruitment Director:
Terese Schwartzman

Read about our Successful Students
Prior fellows have postdoc and faculty positions at prominent institutions throughout the country. Two fellows won the prestigious national IES Outstanding Pre-Doctoral Fellow Award.

Let us know you’re interested
See program requirements and learn more at