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The American Educational Research Association (AERA) invites proposals for conferences in education research. AERA supports research conferences intended to break new ground in substantive areas of inquiry, stimulate new lines of study on issues that have been largely unexplored, or develop innovative research methods or techniques that can contribute more generally to education research. Conferences may focus on conceptual, empirical, or methodological issues important to understanding the state of the knowledge and charting directions for future research. It is anticipated that research conferences will draw upon diverse disciplines and fields of inquiry where there is relevant scientific and scholarly expertise. The purpose of this program is to foster the accumulation of knowledge, to enhance dissemination, to encourage innovation, and to advance studies of the highest quality in education research. AERA’s Research Conferences Program awards grants of up to $35,000.

The deadline for submissions for Spring 2017 is March 7, 2017. For more information or to submit a proposal, please see the Call and Guidelines for Proposals or email Please visit the AERA website for information about previous awards.


AERA Awards

Early Career Award
Established to honor an individual in the early stages of his or her career no later than 10 years after receipt of the doctoral degree, this award can be granted for study in any field of educational inquiry.

Exemplary Contributions to Practice-Engaged Research Award
This award is presented to an education research scholar or scholars in recognition of collaborative project(s) between researchers and practitioners that have had sustained and observable effects on contexts of practice.

E.F. Lindquist Award
In recognition of outstanding applied or theoretical research in the field of testing and measurement, the award acknowledges a body of research of an empirical, theoretical, or integrative nature rather than a single study. Particular emphasis will be given to research that has advanced the companion goals of greater understanding and improved use of testing and measurement techniques. This award is co-sponsored by The American College Testing Program (ACT). The winner of this award is invited to give the E.F. Lindquist Award Lecture at the 2018 Annual Meeting in New York, NY. An article emanating from the lecture will be considered for publication in the Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics.

Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award
This is the premier acknowledgment of outstanding achievement and success in education research. The purpose of the award is to publicize, motivate, encourage, and suggest models for education research at its best. Each year, nominations are invited from AERA members who wish to honor a meritorious colleague, one who is considered by other education researchers to stand out in the profession by meeting the very highest of professional standards of achievement.

Distinguished Contribution to Gender Equity in Education Research Award
Established in 2006, the Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Education Research Award recognizes individuals within AERA for distinguished research, professional practice, and activities that advance public understanding of gender and/ or sexuality at any level in the education community. This award will be presented to an individual whose professional career has been devoted in substantial part to the study of gender and/or sexuality in education, and who has significantly advanced the field through extraordinary leadership, scholarship, or professional practice.

Social Justice in Education Award
Established in 2004, the AERA Social Justice in Education Award honors an individual who has advanced social justice through education research and exemplified the goal of linking education research to social justice.

Distinguished Public Service Award
This award is granted annually in recognition of an individual who has worked to enact or implement policies that are well grounded in education research, or who has been at the forefront of efforts to increase recognition and support for education research.

Scholars of Color in Education Award:
These awards are intended to recognize (a) scholars at different stages in their careers who have made significant contributions to the understanding of issues that disproportionately affect minor­ity populations, and (b) minority scholars who have made a sig­nificant contribution to education research and development.
Presented to a senior-level scholar, usually 20 years or more after his or her receipt of the doctoral degree.
Presented to a scholar who is beyond the first level of professional appointment and for whom at least 10 years have passed since receipt of the doctoral degree.
Presented to a scholar who is within the first ten (10) years of his or her career after receipt of the doctoral degree.

Excellence in Media Reporting on Education Research Award
This award is presented to an individual in the media who has demonstrated excellence in raising awareness, knowledge, and understanding of education research.

Outstanding Public Communication of Education Research Award
This award is presented to honor scholars who are exemplary in their capacity to communicate the importance of education research to the broad public, including education communities.


2017 William L. Boyd National Education Politics Workshop Registration Now Open.

The Politics of Education Association, the University Council for Educational Administration, Division L of AERA, and the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice invite graduate students and recent doctoral graduates to a special 2 1/2-hour workshop. The William L. Boyd National Educational Politics Workshop, scheduled on the first afternoon of the AERA annual meeting, will give emerging scholars (students and pre-tenure faculty members) the opportunity to learn about current and promising research in the politics of education field and interact with leading politics of education scholars.


When/Where: The workshop will take place on Thursday April 27th, 2017 from 3:30-6:00 pm at a location convenient to the AERA conference hotels.

Eligibility:  Students with an interest in educational politics and currently enrolled in graduate schools in the U.S. or abroad are welcome to attend as are educational researchers who earned their doctoral degrees after March 1, 2016. There is no fee to attend, but space is limited. Applicants whose research interests are not clearly tied to education politics will not be accepted. The opportunity to submit an application will end January 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm or when we reach maximum capacity.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Dana Mitra at  or Dr. Lauren Bailes at . _____________________________________________________________________

New Grant Opportunity!

Education Innovation and Research (EIR)

U.S. Department of Education

The Department of Education announces a new funding opportunity for grants to support innovative new practices that serve high need students in K-12 education, and to support the expansion of those practices supported by evidence of effectiveness.  The Education Innovation and Research Program (EIR) replaces the former Investing in Innovation (i3) Program but retains its three-tiered evidence-based funding structure.

Applications are due April 13, 2017.  Applications may be submitted by LEA’s, State Educational Agencies, the Bureau of Indian Education, and nonprofit organizations. 25% of the available funds will be used to support rural grantees.  

For specific eligibility and program requirements and a complete description of program priorities, please read the applicable Notice Inviting Applications:  Early Phase, Mid-Phase, and Expansion.  For application forms and instructions, please consult the application packages at the EIR competition page.

Workshop for Prospective Applicants

EIR staff will hold two workshops in Washington, DC on Monday, January 30 for prospective applicants to the program.  There will be two sessions (identical content):  9:30 am-12 noon and 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm.  Registration is required.

EIR Seeks Peer Reviewers

If you are not interested in applying and you will not be participating in any submitted applications, you may be interested in serving as a peer reviewer of EIR applications.  Please consult the call for peer reviewers.

Program Information

For program information, including the notices inviting applications, workshop details, and instructions for applying to be a peer reviewer, please go to:


  1. Dissertation Grant  - The program seeks to stimulate research on U.S. education issues using data from the large­ scale, national and international data sets supported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NSF, and other federal agencies, and to increase the number of education researchers using these data sets. The program supports research projects that are quantitative in nature, include the analysis of existing data from NCES, NSF or other federal agencies, and have U.S. education policy relevance. 
  2. Call for Research Conference Proposals: AERA’s Research Conferences Program awards grants of up to $35,000 for conferences intended to break new ground in substantive areas of inquiry, stimulate new lines of study on issues that have been largely unexplored, or develop innovative research methods or techniques that can contribute more generally to education research. The program aims to foster the accumulation of knowledge, enhance dissemination, encourage innovation, and advance studies of the highest quality in education research.
  3. Outstanding Book Award: To be eligible for consideration, unless otherwise noted, all nominations must be submitted electronically, using the AERA award nomination e-form, on or before the deadline.
  4. Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research: The Council of the AERA established the fellowship program to provide support for doctoral dissertation research, to advance education research by outstanding minority graduate students, and to improve the quality and diversity of university faculties. This fellowship is targeted for members of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in higher education (e.g., African Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Asian Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders). This program offers doctoral fellowships to enhance the competitiveness of outstanding minority scholars for academic appointments at major research universities. It supports fellows conducting education research and provides mentoring and guidance toward the completion of their doctoral studies.
  5. 2017 AERA Fellows: The AERA Fellows Program honors education researchers for their exceptional contributions to, and excellence in, education research. The program is intended to be inclusive of the scholarship that constitutes and enriches education research as an interdisciplinary field. 

Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative
The Students at the Center initiative at Jobs for the Future is excited to announce a first-of-its-kind research collaborative that will build, define, apply, and share a robust evidence base for student-centered learning. The Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative, with initial thought leadership of and support from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, will begin this bold new initiative this spring and formally launch this fall with a core group of soon-to-be-selected scholars, school leaders, policymakers, practitioners, and funders, each known for their impact and influence, coming together to clarify and catalyze the field. Their charge: to work in partnership to investigate and evaluate what we know about student-centered learning both in and beyond today’s schools, and then leverage that knowledge to affect meaningful change at scale. Check it out here.

Call for Proposals on Evidence-Informed Practice: A Special Issue of Educational Research on the topic of evidence-informed practice (EiP) in education is being edited by Julie Nelson from the National Foundation for Educational Research and Carol Campbell, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. This special issue will address a variety of issues related to better understanding the meaning and application of EiP. Specifically, it will address the challenges associated with defining and measuring it, and will consider the relative effectiveness of different approaches to achieving and supporting the application of evidence in practice. Read the call here.

AERA Congressional Fellowship Opportunity
When: Apply by March 1, 2016!

AERA is currently accepting fellowship applications. The fellowship term will start on September 1, 2016 and end on August 31, 2017.

What: The American Educational Research Association is delighted to announce a new congressional fellowship opportunity for AERA members. This fellowship provides an exciting opportunity for researchers to come to Washington, DC and use education research, outside of the academic setting, to inform public policy while working on Capitol Hill.

The goals of the fellowship are: (1) to contribute to the effective use of scientific knowledge about education in the formation of public policy; (2) to educate the scientific community about the development of public policy; and (3) to establish a more effective liaison between education researchers and federal policymakers.

The fellowship pays a competitive salary.

Who: This fellowship is open to doctoral scientists from any discipline relevant to education research. Researchers at all stages in their careers are encouraged to apply.

How: Following a two-week science policy orientation program, the AERA fellow will begin work as a resident scholar within a congressional office. AERA Congressional Fellows will benefit from on-going professional development and networking opportunities. Read the Call for Applications here.

Educational Change SIG Emerging Scholar Award

If you are a graduate of a Ph.D. or Ed.D. program in education and within the first eight years of your career as an educational scholar, if you can demonstrate a strong record of original and significant scholarship related to educational change, and if you are an AERA member, you may self-apply for the Educational Change SIG 2016 Emerging Scholar Award. Please send complete application materials to under the heading Emerging Scholar Award Application. Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.

The award winner will be announced via the Educational Change SIG listerv, website, and social media. The award will be presented at the annual business meeting of the Educational Change SIG, during the 2016 AERA meeting in Washington, D.C.

Educational Change SIG Graduate Student Travel Award
If you are currently enrolled in an Ed.D or a Ph.D. program in education or if you obtained your Ed.D or Ph.D degree in education up to two years prior to March 2016, if you have conducted exemplary, original research on a topic related to educational change, and if your are an AERA member you may self-apply for the Educational Change SIG 2016 Graduate Student Travel Award Application.doc.

Please send complete application materials to under the heading Graduate Student Travel Award Application. Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2015 at 11:59pm EST. The award winner will be announced via the Educational Change SIG listerv, website, and social media. The award will be presented at the annual business meeting of the Educational Change SIG, during the 2016 AERA meeting in Washington, D.C.

AERA Grant Opportunities

Supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the AERA Grants Program is currently accepting proposals for Dissertation and Research Grants, with a deadline of Thursday, September 10, 2015. Entering its 25th year, the AERA Grants Program, with support from the National Science Foundation, provides small grants for conducting studies of education policy and practice using federally-funded, large-scale data sets. Applications are encouraged from a variety of disciplines, such as but not limited to, education, sociology, economics, psychology, demography, statistics, and psychometrics.

AERA Dissertation Grants. AERA provides dissertation support for advanced doctoral students to undertake doctoral dissertations using data from the large-scale national or international data sets supported by the NCES, NSF, and/or other federal agencies. The selection process is competitive. AERA Dissertation Grants are awarded for one-year for an amount of up to $20,000. The next application deadline is Thursday, September 10, 2015.

AERA Research Grants. AERA provides small grants for faculty members, postdoctoral researchers, and other doctoral-level scholars to undertake quantitative research using data from the large-scale national or international data sets supported by the NCES, NSF, and/or other federal agencies. The selection process is competitive. AERA Research Grants are awarded for one or two years, for an amount of up to $35,000. The next application deadline is Thursday, September 10, 2015.

For further information about AERA and the Grants Program, visit the AERA Grants Program website at You may also contact George L. Wimberly, AERA-Grants Program Co-Principal Investigator, at or (202) 238-3200.

AERA Centennial Education Research Compendium and Forum

In commemoration of its Centennial, AERA will launch special events, projects, and initiatives, including:

  • Centennial Lecture Series
  • Education Research Knowledge Forum
  • Second Century Conference and Visiting Scholars Center
  • Centennial Publications:
    • A Centennial edition of Review of Research in Education on the theme "Education Research and Its Second Century"
    • A Special Issue of the American Educational Research Journal
    • 100-year reviews of educational literature in Review of Educational Research
  • Online archive of presidential papers spanning AERA's 100-year history
  • Video interviews with emerging and senior scholars
  • Special events at AERA's Centennial Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
  • Dedicated AERA Centennial Web Portal
  • ... and much more!

2016 Annual Meeting
"Public Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies"
Friday, April 8 – Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Washington, DC

In AERA's Centennial Year, the Annual Meeting will celebrate and reinvigorate the progressive aspirations that gave rise to our professional community in 1916: hope and determination that research can strengthen public education, society’s most democratic institution. To mark this remarkable moment, the 2016 Meeting will illuminate and enhance the role of education researchers as public scholars who contribute to public understanding, political debate, and professional practice in increasingly diverse democracies in the US and around the globe.

Welcome, New Ed Change SIG Officers!

The election results are in, and we are pleased to announce our Educational Change SIG officers for 2015-2018:

Helen Janc Malone, Chair
Corrie Stone-Johnson, Program Chair
Deidre LeFevre, Secretary Treasurer

Congratulations, Helen, Corrie, and Deidre!

We will be passing the baton officially at our Ed Change SIG Business meeting in Chicago (Friday, April 17, 6:15-8:15pm, Swissotel, Lucerne Level, Alpine II).

AERA 2015 Annual Meeting
The 2015 AERA Annual Meeting was held in Chicago, IL, April 16-20. This year’s Annual Meeting theme was “Toward Justice: Culture, Language, and Heritage in Education Research and Praxis.” Take a look at our Educational Change SIG Program for AERA 2015.

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  • The Journal of Educational Change is an international professionally refereed state-of-the-art scholarly journal reflecting the most important ideas and evidence of educational change. Key topics include educational innovation, reform and restructuring, school improvement and effectiveness, culture building, inspection, school review, and change management. Subscribe, submit, or become a reviewer!
  • The Journal of Professional Capital and Community is an international, professionally refereed, scholarly journal, reflecting the most important ideas and evidence of the nature and impact of interactions and relationships in the education profession, especially in the school sector. For the first time, in one single place of scholarly research and inquiry, this journal brings together the most influential leading thinkers and emerging scholars on professional cultures, communities and collegiality and how they all contribute to or impede the development of the professional capital in schools and school systems that enhances students’ learning, wellbeing, achievement and engagement.
  • Educational Research for Policy and Practice (ERPP) is an international double-blind peer-refereed journal.  It aims to advance education research that links and has implications for educational policy and practice.  It welcomes high quality papers (conceptual, analytical or empirical; both quantitative and qualitative) which make an important and substantial contribution to educational policy and practice. 
  • International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) is an energetic global community bringing together policy makers, researchers and practitioners from over 80 countries in the ICSEI community to share cutting edge knowledge and powerful practice with a view to enabling education systems and schools to become learning organizations for the sake of better education for all. 
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