IES-PIRT Fellowship Application

NYU-IES Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Program (IES-PIRT) 

2016-2017 Application and Description

Fellowship Description:

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 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.

Doctoral students will participate in a core curriculum consisting of 1) interdisciplinary training; 2) content expertise in the program’s thematic focal areas: a) enhancing outcomes beyond test scores, and b) policy influences on and supports for the scale-up of evidence-based interventions; and 3) quantitative training in causal inference and data science.

Eligibility and Benefits:

We have two sets of awards: 4-year fellowships and 2-year fellowships.

  • 4-year fellowships will be awarded to entering incoming doctoral students; and
  • 2-year fellowships will be offered to advanced NYU doctoral students who have already completed their comprehensive exams and have advanced to candidacy.

Applicants must be from one of the six participating academic units listed above and must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Awarded fellows will receive:

  1. tuition remission,
  2. health benefits,
  3. conference travel support ($2,000 per year of award), and
  4. $30,000 stipend during each academic year of the award.

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:

  1. Attendance at the weekly proseminar colloquium series (Mondays, 12:00-1:45pm);
  2. 20 hours per week involvement during the academic year in a research apprenticeship training opportunity provided by either:
    1. any one of the participating IES-PIRT affiliated faculty members, or
    2. 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 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;
  4. 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;
  5. Commitment to writing a dissertation focused on education science; and
  6. Participation in other supplemental professional development activities.
To Apply:

4-year fellowships

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. To apply for a fellowship, 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.

2-year fellowships

To apply for a 2-year fellowship beginning in academic year 2016-2017, candidates should submit the following materials via email to Claudette Carter ( Applications should be sent in a single PDF file, except for letters of recommendation which may be submitted directly by the recommender. The deadline for applications is Monday, March 7, at 5pm.

Applications should include:

  1. 1- to 3-page statement of interest. This statement will be evaluated using the following criteria:
    1. The extent to which the applicant makes a compelling case for his/her interest in education;
    2. The applicant’s plan to use quantitative methods that permit causal inference;
    3. The clarity and depth of the applicant’s interdisciplinary focus; and
    4. Dissertation plans that demonstrate pursuit of a question relevant to education policy or practice with methods that permit causal inference;
  2. Letter of recommendation from faculty advisor;
  3. Letter of commitment from one of the participating IES-PIRT faculty affiliates indicating their agreement to mentor the applicant in the completion of a research apprenticeship (this may also serve as the letter of recommendation above if your advisor and mentor are the same);
  4. Curriculum vitae, including research experience, related experience in education, publications, honors, and/or awards;
  5. Writing sample; and
  6. GRE test scores and transcripts (this information will be verified by the department).

Applicants will be notified in Spring 2015.

For more information, please contact Claudette Carter ( or 212-992-7673.