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

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. Throughout their fellowships, students will be embedded in one of IHDSC’s faculty’s rigorous research teams. They will also be placed in a 9-month policy-practice apprenticeship with the New York City Department of Education, MDRC, Research Alliance for New York City Schools, Good Shepherd Services, or one of IHDSC’s other NYC-based partner organizations. The policy-practice apprenticeships are opportunities for doctoral students to understand the benefits and challenges of working on “client-driven” research aimed at specific, actionable policy or practice questions.

Since 2008, NYU’s IES-PIRT program has trained 57 of the University’s highest caliber doctoral students in the Education Sciences with a substantive focus on “learning in context.”

NYU's Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC), in association with faculty from seven academic units - Administration, Leadership and TechnologyApplied Psychology, Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities, 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 – train incoming and advanced doctoral students from diverse backgrounds to become outstanding researchers in the educational sciences.

The program provides 1) strong attention to methodological rigor through training in causal inference and 2) a robust interdisciplinary perspective. 

Among our 42 completed fellows, many received prestigious appointments in higher education institutions, including Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Brown University, Pennsylvania State University, Rutgers University, Syracuse University, and Cornell University. Others joined government agencies, education organizations, and research firms, such as Mathematica Policy Research, MDRC, SRCD Policy Fellowship Program, Ounce of Prevention, and American Institutes of Research. From these positions, our former fellows are advancing evidence-based policies and practices and building a network of NYU-trained and IES-supported education leaders. 

Note: IES-PIRT will be accepting new applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. Additional information will be available in late-2020. 

IES-PIRT Proseminar Series

The Institute of Education Sciences-funded Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training (IES-PIRT) program is an interdisciplinary fellowship program designed to train students of diverse backgrounds to become outstanding researchers in the educational sciences. In addition to funding doctoral students from seven affiliated departments across NYU, the program includes a proseminar series. The series brings together presentations by both NYU and external experts who help to introduce, reinforce, and consolidate students' advanced understanding of the concepts of internal, external, construct, and statistical validity.

See this semester's full schedule

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.