AERA Professional Development and Training
AERA Professional Development and Training

AERA builds research capacity among scholars and researchers, and engages in activities that promote knowledge and enhance research skills. AERA introduces undergraduate students to the education research field, provides postdoctoral fellowships that support research experiences in academic and non-academic careers, and helps graduate students and early career scholars develop a research agenda and begin their careers. 

Key activities include:

  • Professional development and training courses and workshops held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting;
  • The Virtual Research Learning Center (AERA-VRLC), which provides an online space for students, early career and advanced scholars, practitioners, and others in the education research community to enhance, expand, or refresh their research skills through professional development and research capacity–building trainings;

  • Mentoring and capacity building activities for students and early career scholars, through institutes on specific research topics and educational issues;

  • Collaborative support for AERA Division and SIG trainings; and

  • Fellowships and grants that provide dissertation funding and training to graduate students and research support to early career scholars and researchers.

  • Advances in research methods, statistical techniques, technology, and general modes and methods of research make professional development and training within AERA a significant activity and ongoing process.