NYU PIRT 1-year Fellowship and 1-year Affiliate Application

Training Program 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 Profession, 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.

Available awards for the training program are: 1-year fellowship (renewable) and 1-year affiliate.

As discussed below, 1-year fellows agree to a number of key training responsibilities and are awarded a package of benefits including tuition remission, conference travel support, and a stipend. 

The 1-year Affiliate awards come with substantially lower levels of responsibility, but benefit from the training opportunity provided by the PIRT program given an interest in conducting research in this area. 

Eligibility and Benefits for 1-year fellowship (renewable)

Applicants must be from one of the six participating academic units listed above. 

Awarded fellows will receive:

  1. tuition remission;
  2. conference travel support; and
  3. a maximum of $30,000 stipend during each academic year of the award. (This could be a combination of your existing NYU support and NYU-PIRT)

Responsibilities of the 1-year Fellows

Fellowship activities are designed to complement and enhance existing departmental offerings and facilitate doctoral studies in the students' home departments. 1-year fellows will commit to full participation in the following enhanced training experiences:

    1. Attendance at the weekly PIRT pro-seminar colloquium series (Mondays, 12-1:30);
    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. 

Eligibility and Benefits for the 1-year Affiliates

Applicants must be from one of the six participating academic units listed above. 

Awarded fellows will receive:

  1. conference travel support; and
  2. a $1000 award

Responsibilities of the 1-year Affiliates

1-year Affiliates will commit to:

  1. Attendance at the weekly PIRT pro-seminar colloquium series (Mondays, 12-1:30); and
  2. Conducting research on a question relevant to education policy or practice with methods that permit causal inference;

To Apply

1-year Fellowship (renewable)

To apply for 1-year fellowship beginning in academic year 2013-2014, Advanced NYU doctoral students who have completed their comps (by the start of the fellowship) should submit the following materials electronically (1 pdf file) by April 3rd to:

IES Fellowship Selection Committee
C/o Claudette Carter/ Program Manager
Institute of Human Development and Social Change, New York University
246 Green Street, Room 616E, New York, NY 10003
E-mail: claudette.carter@nyu.edu

 Applications for 1- year fellowship should include:

  1. 1- to 2-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, broadly defined.
    2. The applicant’s plan to use quantitative methods that permit causal inference.
    3. The clarity and depth of the applicant’s interdisciplinary focus.
  2. Letter of recommendation from faculty advisor. 
  3. Letter of commitment from one of the participating “NYU PIRT affiliate” faculty listed on the website indicating their agreement to mentor the applicant in the completion of a research apprenticeship (only necessary if mentor is different from advisor).
  4. Curriculum Vitae, including listing of research experience, related experience in education, publications, honors or awards.
  5. Writing Sample.
  6. Listing of GRE test scores and transcripts (this information will be verified by the department); and
  7. 1-page discussion of dissertation plans that demonstrate pursuit of a question relevant to education policy or practice with methods that permit causal inference.

1-year Affiliates

To apply for a 1-year affiliate beginning in academic year 2013-2014, NYU doctoral students should submit the following materials electronically (1 pdf file) by April 3rd to:

IES Fellowship Selection Committee
C/o Claudette Carter/ Program Manager
Institute of Human Development and Social Change, New York University
246 Green Street, Room 616E, New York, NY 10003
E-mail: claudette.carter@nyu.edu

 Applications for the 1-year affiliate should include:

  • 1-page statement of interest.
  • Curriculum Vitae, including listing of research experience, related experience in education, publications, honors or awards.
  • Letter of support from faculty advisor (1 to 2 paragraph confirming that a) student is in good academic standing b) Student has education science research interests and experiences and c) student is pursuing relevant analytic training)

Decisions on both 1-year fellowship and 1-year affiliate awards will be made by April 15th. 


For more information, please contact Claudette Carter (212)-992-7673 or claudette.carter@nyu.edu.  All are strongly encouraged to contact IHDSC or their faculty advisors prior to submission.