AERA Congressional Fellowship
AERA Congressional Fellowship



The American Educational Research Association invites applications for the AERA Congressional Fellowship Program. This fellowship provides an exciting opportunity for AERA members 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.


We are currently assessing the feasibility of a place-based Congressional Fellowship Program for 2021-2022 given conditions related to COVID-19. An updated announcement about the status of the AERA Congressional Fellowship program for the 2021-2022 fellowship year will be posted in mid-January 2021.


  • Doctorate-level scholars in education research and related disciplines and fields are eligible.
  • Researchers at all stages in their careers are encouraged to apply.

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.

For more information email:

Read the General Call for Applications here.

View AERA's webinar, "Sharing Education Research on Capitol Hill," here.


AERA Congressional Fellowship in the News

Read the May 2019 AERA Highlights story about the two congressional fellows for 2019-20 here 
Read the June 2018 AERA Highlights story about the two congressional fellows for 2018-19 here
Read the June 2017 AERA Highlights story about the 2017-2018 class of congressional fellows here
Read the June 2016 AERA Highlights story about the first congressional fellow here
Read the December 2015 AERA Highlights story announcing the fellowship here
View the AERA congressional fellowship flyer here

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