Apply for IES Fellowship

Interdisciplinary Training Program in the Education Sciences

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

Join the University's world-class Education Sciences Community comprised of distinguished interdisciplinary faculty and outstanding IES Fellows 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. Our highly accomplished IES Fellows bring diverse backgrounds, experiences, expertise and perspectives to this project.

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

  • How and when children gain skills critical to their long-term success and what interventions are most promising
  • How the interaction between environment and individuals contributes to learning
  • How school organization best supports 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 and full tuition coverage
  • Additional funds for travel and research
  • Opportunities for funded dissertation projects

How to Apply
Must apply to participating department or professional school and complete IES Fellowship application. Students work with faculty in participating department or school: Comparative Human Development, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, the Harris School of Public Policy, and the School of Social Service Administration.

All online applications available in early September. Deadlines vary for departments and schools. IES application due December 15, 2015. To complete IES application in September, go to:

If you have questions about applying, please contact:

Social Science Division:
Kelly Pollock, Assoc. Dean of Students,

Harris School of Public Policy:
Allison Bevan, Assoc. Dean of Students,

School of Social Service Administration:
Laura Hardy, Director of Admissions,

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

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