Minority Dissertation Fellowship Program in Education Research
Minority Dissertation Fellowship Program in Education Research

The AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research Online Application is now available. The application deadline for the 2020-2021 competition is Friday, November 1, 2019.

An informational webinar was offered to discuss the Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research program’s goals, the application process, and details about the competition. To access the webinar through the VRLC, you will need to log in to your AERA-VRLC account. If you do not have an account, you may create a free user account through the AERA-VRLC Registration Website. Once you have created your account, you can add the recording.

Learn more about the 2019-2020 AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship and Travel Award Recipients!

About the AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is pleased to announce the AERA 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.

Call for Proposals

Award Period
Each fellowship award is for 1 year, beginning July 1, 2020 or later, and is nonrenewable. This fellowship program is intended as a write-up fellowship. Fellowships are awarded for doctoral dissertation research conducted under faculty sponsorship in any accredited university in the United States.

Eligible graduate students for the AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research will be at the writing stage of their dissertation by the beginning of the fellowship. The dissertation study should focus on an education research topic such as high stakes testing; ethnic studies/curriculum; tracking; STEM development; measurement of achievement and opportunity gaps; English language learners; or bullying and restorative justice. Applicants can come from graduate programs and departments in education research, the humanities, or social or behavioral science disciplinary or interdisciplinary fields, such as economics, political science, psychology, or sociology.

Fellows are required to provide proof of advancement to candidacy at the beginning of the award period. Applicants must work full-time on their dissertations and course requirements and should be in the writing stage of their dissertation. This program is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are 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).

AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research Award

Award Component 1, $19,000 Stipend. AERA awards each Fellow up to a $19,000 stipend to study education, teaching, learning, or other education research topic. The fellowship funds can be used for tuition and/or institution fees, books, living expenses, equipment, travel, supplies, software, and other expenses that are directly related to conducting this research. AERA encourages cost sharing from universities in the form of tuition assistance, office space, university fees, and other expenses. Institutions cannot charge overhead or indirect costs to administer the fellowship funds.

Award Component 2, $1,000 in Travel Support to Attend the AERA Annual Meeting. Each spring AERA holds its’ Annual Meeting which brings together over 15,000 researchers, scholars, and policy makers to present their research, share knowledge, and build research capacity through over 2,000 substantive sessions. Fellows participate in professional development and training activities during the 2021 AERA Annual Meeting (Orlando, Florida). The Fellowship provides up to $1,000 (reimbursable) for travel and lodging expenses to participate in the meeting.

Award Component 3, Present Research at Invited AERA Poster Session. Fellows present their research in an invited poster session during the 2021 AERA Annual Meeting (Orlando, Florida). This poster session is a hallmark of the AERA professional development program and features promising research from graduate students who are supported by AERA funded programs. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase the developing research from the next generation of scholars and for the Fellows to receive feedback from senior scholars, education school deans, foundation officers, and others across the education research community.

Award Component 4, AERA Minority Fellows Mentoring and Career Development Workshop. During the 2021 AERA Annual Meeting, Fellows participate in a mentoring and career development workshop with current and former members of the AERA Minority Selection Committee and other senior scholars. The workshop focuses on topics such as making the transition from graduate school to a postdoctoral program, faculty position, or a career in applied research.

Application Requirements and Procedures

All applications for the AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research must be completed using the AERA online application portal by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Friday, November 1, 2019. Late applications and supporting materials will not be accepted.

Click here to apply for the AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research Online!

In order to save your application you will need to create a username and password. Record your username and password because AERA cannot retrieve this information. Each application must include:

Contact information. Each applicant must enter their name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and information about their doctoral institution into the online application form.

Curriculum vitae. Upload your current curriculum vita in PDF. Applicant's curriculum vitae, no longer than two (2) pages, to include the following:

  • Research and academic employment history
  • Relevant graduate courses in statistics and methodology
  • Relevant publications and presentations
  • Relevant professional affiliations and/or memberships

Dissertation research prospectus. Provide a general overview of your dissertation research with the following information:

  • Dissertation abstract
  • Statement of the problem and how this research advances the current state of knowledge in the field
  • Theoretical and/or conceptual framework
  • Brief review of relevant literature
  • Key research questions or hypotheses to be tested
  • Overview of research design and description of methodology including any instrument(s); list of variables and rationale for using them; any video segments integral to the study; and specification and clarification of variables and analytic techniques
  • Discussion on researcher's positionality (if applicable)
  • Anticipated or preliminary findings
  • Brief dissemination plan for this research including proposed conferences to present the findings and potential scholarly journals to publish the research

Transcripts. One official or unofficial graduate school transcript.

Combine your dissertation research prospectus, curriculum vitae, and transcript into one PDF document. The dissertation research prospectus text is limited to eight (8) single-spaced pages and the curriculum vitae should be no longer than two (2) pages. The order of the documents should be the dissertation research prospectus text first, the curriculum vitae second, and the transcript last. References and appendices (i.e. charts, tables, survey instruments, etc.) may be included, but do not count towards page limits.

Letter of recommendation. Two (2) letters of recommendation are required. Letters should come from your dissertation advisor and/or other major professors who are familiar with your work. In the letter of recommendation from your advisor, the dissertation advisor will attest to your proposal constituting research for the doctoral degree. AERA will only accept two letters of recommendation. Letters may be sent electronically (fellowships@aera.net) and received by Friday, November 1, 2019. No exceptions.

Resources and Questions

AERA encourages potential applicants to consult ‘Answers to Frequently Asked Questions’ (PDF) for further details about the fellowship and application requirements.

Direct any questions about the fellowship program, eligibility requirements, or submission process to fellowships@aera.net or 202-238-3200.

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