MA in Education and Social Policy

Education and Social Policy Fellows Program

This highly selective program will help talented full-time master's students develop a deeper and fuller understanding of education policy research by giving them an opportunity to participate on research teams conducting innovative work through the Institute for Education and Social Policy (IESP). This is an extremely valuable experience for young scholars to learn about current trends in the field. 

“The EDSP Fellowship has provided me with my most valuable experience at NYU thus far. I worked on several projects including a school choice intervention study and one looking at segregation in NYC schools. The Fellowship was an excellent opportunity to reinforce and apply things I learned in class and helped prepare me for my Capstone project as well as for jobs after graduation.”
-Rebecca Ivester, EDSP Fellow 2017-18 and MA ‘18

  • Fellows will receive a $5,000 stipend to participate on a faculty-led research team at the Institute for Education and Social Policy during their second and third semesters of study ($2,500 each semester).  We attempt to match you with faculty whose research fits with your interests, although it depends on availability.
  • Fellows will:
    • Attend team meetings, read background materials, help to formulate hypotheses, review and discuss research techniques, strategies, dilemmas, data, and findings.
    • Participate on research teams according to their interests. Recent projects have focused on special education reform, summer employment, teacher pre-service training and professional development, housing, and school food policies.
    • Develop highly-marketable skills in data management and have the ability to gain hands-on experience doing research.
    • Attend monthly research seminars in the Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities to learn about current research in the field, discuss research strategies and approaches, and consider applications of research findings to local, state, or national policy.
Application Process

All incoming candidates who will be full-time students are invited to apply for this program. There is no separate application process; simply check off the box to request EDSP Fellows Program consideration when completing the online admissions application.


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