NYU's Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC), in association with faculty from seven academic units - Administration, Leadership and Technology, Applied Psychology, Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities, 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 five-year grant to train an additional 27 incoming and advanced doctoral students from diverse backgrounds to become outstanding researchers in the educational sciences through 14 four-year awards and 13 two-year awards.
The primary focus of the second phase 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.
Who is eligible for the fellowship?
We have two sets of awards:
- 4-year fellowships will be awarded to entering incoming PhD students admitted to one of the seven academic units listed above; and
- 2-year fellowships will be offered to advanced NYU PhD students who are already matriculated to one of the seven academic units listed above, and who have already completed their comprehensive exams and have advanced to candidacy.
IES-PIRT fellows must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
What are the responsibilities of the fellowship?
Doctoral students will participate in a core curriculum consisting of:
- Interdisciplinary training;
- Content expertise in the program's thematic focal areas:
- enhancing outcomes beyond test scores, and
- policy influences on and supports for the scale-up of evidence-based interventions; and
- Quantitative training in causal inference and data science.
Fellowship activities are designed to complement and enhance existing departmental offerings and facilitate doctoral studies in the students' home departments. IES-PIRT fellows will commit to full participation in the following enhanced training experiences:
- Attendance at the weekly proseminar colloquium series (Mondays, 12:00-1:45pm);
- 20 hours per week involvement during the academic year in a research apprenticeship training opportunity provided by either:
- any one of the participating IES-PIRT affiliated faculty members, or
- one of NYU’s external research partners (MDRC, American Institutes for Research, or the New York City Department of Education);
- A practice/policy internship of variable time commitment (to be discussed with the training director and research mentor) focused on “client-driven” research aimed at a specific actionable policy or practice question, which may be conducted individually or as a group course experience;
- Enrollment in quantitative and content-related coursework recommended by their faculty advisor and appropriate to their specific discipline courses in the IES-PIRT quantitative “core curriculum,” including courses in causal inference, data science, and multilevel modeling;
- Commitment to writing a dissertation focused on education science; and
- Participation in other supplemental professional development activities.
What are the benefits of the fellowship?
Awarded fellows will receive:
- tuition remission*,
- health benefits,
- conference travel support ($2,000 per year of award), and
- $30,000 stipend during each academic year of the award.
Because of the level of funding provided and additional duties required by the IES-PIRT package, fellows are not permitted to accept additional funding or employment during the academic year (September 1-May 31) while they are receiving IES-PIRT funding.
* Two-year fellows will have completed most or all of their coursework prior to receipt of the fellowship.
Is the IES-PIRT a degree-granting program?
Please note that the IES-PIRT is not a degree-granting program. IES-PIRT fellows are students who have been admitted to or are currently enrolled in a PhD program in education research at NYU. They do not receive a PhD through IHDSC or IES-PIRT.
How do I apply for the IES-PIRT?
Eligible applicants for 4-year awards are nominated by program-affiliated faculty from participating departments during the admissions process. Strong candidates will be those that demonstrate clear commitment to the goals of the fellowship in their application materials to their respective departments. While you are not required to submit additional materials in order to be considered, we recommend that you make clear your interest in the IES-PIRT fellowship program in your application to the department to which you are applying.
To apply for a 2-year fellowship beginning in academic year 2016-2017, please click here.
Where do IES-PIRT alumni work?
Many of our alumni now work in academia at institutions like Cornell University, Harvard University, Kansas University, Penn State University, Rutgers University, Syracuse University, Temple University, the University of Massachusetts Boston, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Other alumni have gone on to work in government agencies like the National Center for Education Statistics and the New York City Department of Education. Others work in nonprofit or private research organizations including Abt Associates, AIR, the Guttmacher Institute, Mathematica Policy Research, MDRC, and the Ounce of Prevention Fund. Finally, some of our alumni work as practitioners in organizations like the Reeds Center.
Who do I contact for more information about the IES-PIRT?
For more information about the IES-PIRT, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-992-7695.
James Kemple, Executive Director of the Research Alliance for New York City Schools, serves as Program Director and Elise Cappella, Associate Professor of Applied Psychology, serves as Co-Director.