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Institute of Education Sciences-funded Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training (IES-PIRT) program

Since 2008, NYU’s Institute of Education Sciences-funded Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training (IES-PIRT) program has trained the University’s highest caliber doctoral students in the Education Sciences with a substantive focus on “learning in context.” The program provides strong attention to methodological rigor through training in causal inference and a robust interdisciplinary perspective.

NYU's Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC), in association with faculty from multiple NYU programs and departments — Administration, Leadership and TechnologyApplied Psychology, Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities, Teaching and Learning (Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development); Psychology and Sociology (Faculty of Arts and Science); and the Wagner School of Public Service — train incoming and advanced doctoral students from diverse backgrounds to become outstanding researchers in the educational sciences.

We're thrilled to announce that the Institute of Education Science (IES) renewed NYU's Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training (PIRT) program! Under the leadership Dr. Jim Kemple and Dr. Elise Cappella, the program will recruit 24 fellows primarily from groups underrepresented in the education sciences, including scholars of color, students from low-income families, immigrant origin students, and individuals with disabilities. 

New students will join our longstanding training program, continue to pursue high quality, relevant education research in both academic and non-academic settings, and will be mentored and advised by dynamic and dedicated NYU faculty. We intend to capitalize on our successful training activities, apprenticeships, and partnerships, and will continue to provide students with the necessary research knowledge, professional skills, and practical experiences needed to assist U.S. policymakers and practitioners with tackling our nation’s pressing education issues.

How Do I Apply for an IES-PIRT Fellowship?

Do you offer a stipend? Which departments are affiliated with IES-PIRT? Read FAQs about the IES-PIRT program.

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IES-PIRT Affiliated Faculty

A wide and talented array of interdisciplinary faculty serve as IES-PIRT mentors and advisors.

Fellow Profiles

Read about the background, expertise, and research interests of NYU's IES-PIRT fellows and alumni.

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.

Many thanks to our partner organizations: MDRC, American Institutes for Research, and the New York City Department of Education.

The NYU IES-PIRT program is supported by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in the US Department of Education. Visit the central PIRT website.

How to Apply

Who is eligible to apply for the IES-PIRT fellowship? Does the fellowship provide a stipend? Read FAQs about the IES-PIRT fellowship application process.

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