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.


  • AERA will accept fellowship applications for the 2020 - 2021 term starting on October 1, 2019.
  • The deadline to apply is January 6, 2020 at 11:59 PT.
  • The fellowship is a one-year commitment. The term will start on September 1, 2020 and end on August 31, 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:

For more information email:

Read the Call for Applications here

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

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


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