Institute of Human Development and Social Change

NYU PIRT Fellowship Application

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Three-Year NYU Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training (PIRT) Program

NYU PIRT 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); Economics and Sociology (FAS); and the Wagner School of Public Service – will continue funding doctoral students from diverse backgrounds to become outstanding researchers in the educational sciences, broadly defined.

This interdisciplinary fellowship program is designed to train the next generation of quantitative researchers in methodological techniques developed to rigorously identify effects. These techniques include the utilization of randomized experimental designs, quasi-experimental methods, and other statistical approaches appropriate for causal inference and the analysis of multi-level data on students, teachers, schools, and developmental contexts.

Eligibility and Benefits

Doctoral student applicants who have been admitted with regular doctoral funding support would participate in the focused training program. Applicants must be from one of the six participating academic units listed above. 

Awarded fellows will receive a three-year fellowship with:

  1. Tuition remission
  2. Conference travel support
  3. A $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. NYU-PIRT fellows will commit to full participation in the following enhanced training experiences:

  1. Attendance at the weekly pro-seminar colloquium series (Mondays, 12-1:30 p.m.);
  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 "NYU predoctoral training program affiliate" faculty members (see faculty affiliates list),
    2. one of NYU's collaborating research institutions (i.e., the Institute for Education and Social Policy or the Institute for Human Development and Social Change), or
    3. one of the initiative's two key program partners (i.e., MDRC and the NYU Research Alliance for New York City Schools)
  3. Future enrollment in advanced statistical and interdisciplinary coursework recommended by their faculty advisor and appropriate to their specific discipline as well as 2 courses in the NYU Fellowship Program's "quantitative core"; 
  4. Commitment to writing a dissertation on a question relevant to education policy or practice with methods that permit causal inference; and 
  5. Participation in other supplemental professional development activities (such as conference participation)in preparation for tenure-track academic/research jobs and for grant-writing.

To Apply

Eligible applicants for three-year fellowships are nominated by program-affiliated faculty from participating departments during the admissions process. Please notify the doctoral program you have applied to of your interest in this program; candidates will then be nominated and materials forwarded to the fellowship program by one of the six academic units. 

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