Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop

Below is the previous call for applications from 2017. Please continue to monitor this page for updates and a new deadline.

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) invites fellowship applications for an Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop to be held Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 15, 2018 during the 2018 Annual Meeting in New York, New York. This workshop is designed to build the talent pool of undergraduate students who plan to pursue doctorate degrees in education research or in disciplines and fields that examine education issues. Applicants are sought who have potential and interest in pursuing careers as education researchers, faculty members, or other professionals who contribute to the research field.

The workshop, led by junior and senior scholars, will give fellows an overview of how education research is designed across fields, how quantitative and qualitative research methods are used in studies, and how research is applied to education policy and practice. Senior researchers and faculty from both academic institutions and applied research organizations (i.e., The American Institutes for Research, Educational Testing Service, the College Board, and the Urban Institute) will introduce education research as a field and share their area of expertise and knowledge with the fellows. Workshop activities will also focus on exploring graduate education, applying to graduate school, and beginning a career in education research.

Fellows will interact with a faculty member and a graduate student who will serve as program mentors. In addition to attending the workshop, fellows will attend pre-selected paper sessions and presentations during the AERA Annual Meeting.

Dates: The Workshop activities will take place Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 15, 2018 during the 2018 Annual Meeting in New York, New York.

Award: Fellows will participate in the Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop during the AERA 2018 Annual Meeting in New York, New York. They will also have the benefit of a distinguished mentor as part of the award. The award includes conference registration and two nights of lodging. The fellows and/or their home institutions are responsible for transportation costs to New York, New York.

Eligibility: Candidates may come from a broad range of fields across the arts and sciences. Underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities and women are encouraged to apply. Candidates must be:

  • Students in their sophomore, junior, or senior year of college in good academic standing.
  • Interested in pursuing a graduate or professional degree that can lend itself to education research areas such as children and youth, school and schooling issues, higher education, education policy, student achievement, curriculum and instruction, education psychology, or education leadership.
  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Application Requirements:

  • Complete the AERA Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop Online Application no later than the deadline. The application deadline is November 15, 2017.
  • Resume (one page) which includes any educational background, training, jobs, activities, honors, and other academic achievements. Include information on any research experiences you may have had.
  • Personal Statement
    In one statement of no more than 500 words (double spaced) the applicant should address the following:
    • How are your course work, extra-curricular activities, leadership roles, work experiences, and/or other academic and life experiences preparing you to pursue a graduate or professional degree?
    • What are your education research interests and what are you doing to help further develop these interests and enhance your research and writing skills?
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member who is familiar with your academic ability and potential. The recommender must address: (a) the quality and potential of the applicant’s academic work and research skills and (b) the applicant’s potential to pursue a graduate or professional degree in the field of education research. The letter of recommendation may be sent electronically (fellowships@aera.net) or in hard copy to AERA, but must be received by the deadline.
  • The official transcript must be sent by U.S. mail to:

AERA Undergraduate Workshop
1430 K Street NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20005

Where to Apply: AERA will accept applications via the online application system. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee of senior scholars and researchers.

About AERA: AERA, founded in 1916, is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results. AERA shares the products of scholarly research with peers, future educational researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and the public through its annual meeting, publications, and professional development activities.

Direct all questions to George L. Wimberly, Director of Professional Development, at 202-238-3200 or fellowships@aera.net.

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