Institute for Education Sciences-funded Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training (IES-PIRT) program

The IES-PIRT Program is currently accepting applications for the 2015-2016 academic year. Please click here for application information.

NYU's Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC) in association with faculty from six academic units - Applied Psychology, Humanities and Social Sciences in the Professions, Teaching and Learning (Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development); Economics and Sociology (Faculty of Arts and Science); and the Wagner School of Public Service – was awarded a second phase- five-year IES grant to train 27 incoming and advanced doctoral students from diverse backgrounds to become outstanding researchers in the educational sciences through multi-year fellowships.

The goal of the second phase of the Institute of Education Sciences Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training program is to provide doctoral students with the knowledge, expertise, and technical skills to pursue rigorous, cutting-edge, relevant research in both academic and non-academic settings and to produce research that supports children’s learning from preschool through post-secondary education.

Doctoral students will participate in a core curriculum consisting of:

  1. Interdisciplinary training;
  2. Content expertise in the program's thematic focal areas:
    1. enhancing outcomes beyond test scores, and 
    2. policy influences on and supports for the scale-up of evidence-based interventions; and
  3. Quantitative training in causal inference and data science.

In addition, fellows commit to full participation in the following training experiences:

  1. Attendance in the weekly proseminar colloquium series;
  2. A research apprenticeship with either one of the IES-PIRT affiliated faculty or one of NYU’s external research partners (MDRC, American Institutes for Research, or the New York City Department of Education);
  3. A practice/policy internship focused on “client-driven” research aimed at a specific actionable policy or practice question;
  4. Commitment to writing a dissertation focused on education science; and
  5. Participation in other supplemental professional development activities.

Pamela Morris, Professor of Applied Psychology and Director of IHDSC, serves as Program Director and James Kemple, Executive Director of the Research Alliance for New York City Schools, serves as Deputy Director.

The NYU IES-PIRT program is supported by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in the US Department of Education.


For more information on the IES-PIRT program, contact ihdsc@nyu.edu or 212-992-7695.

For the list of affiliated faculty, click here.

Many thanks to our partner organizations: MDRC, American Institutes for Research, and the New York City Department of Education.

Visit the PIRT website here.