IES Predoctoral Training Program accepting applications for 2024–2025 academic year

April 22, 2024
College Hall

The University of Pennsylvania’s Predoctoral Training Program in Interdisciplinary Methods for Field-based Research in Education is now accepting applications for the 2024–2025 academic year.

The prestigious multi-year predoctoral training program is a collaborative initiative among the Graduate School of Education, the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Social Policy and Practice, and the Annenberg School for Communication. Fellows and faculty are drawn from across the university. The program is funded by the Institute of Education Sciences and is designed to strengthen the education research workforce and improve the quality, accessibility, use, and relevance of evaluations to inform policy and practice.

Since 2005, the program has supported more than 70 IES Predoctoral Training Fellows from doctoral programs in Education, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Communications, Criminology, and Business. From 2020 to 2025, the program will enroll 30 fellows for two to three years each. In addition to financial support, the program provides fellows with education and research opportunities that complement those offered through their disciplinary-based doctoral training program.

During the training, fellows will participate in an interdisciplinary core curriculum consisting of coursework in quantitative methodology, experimental research design, implementation research, and education policy. Fellows will also participate in ongoing research with faculty mentors or research organizations (1 year minimum) and a year-long policy/practice apprenticeship in education agencies or other placements approved by IES. The training program also includes an ongoing interdisciplinary seminar on conducting rigorous, applied education research and methods workshops that complement training available through courses and apprenticeships.

Eligible students must be in their second or third year of a Penn Ph.D. program, U.S. citizens or green card holders, and committed to conducting research on topics relevant for education. Fellows receive financial support toward Penn’s Ph.D. stipend ($34,000) and tuition ($12,000). Fellows also receive up to $2,000 per year for professional development.

Interested students can apply online through the IES Predoctoral Training Program, 2024–2025 Application. Please submit applications by April 26, 2024.