National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowships in USA, 2016-2017

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National Academy of Education is offering up to thirty postdoctoral fellowships for the academic year 2017-2018. These fellowships are open to international students working in critical areas of education research.

The National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship supports early-career scholars working in critical areas of education research. This nonresidential postdoctoral fellowship funds proposals that make significant scholarly contributions to the field of education.

The National Academy of Education advances high-quality education research and its use in policy formation and practice. Founded in 1965, the Academy consists of U.S. members and foreign associates who are elected on the basis of outstanding scholarship related to education.

Students need to demonstrate that they have a good level of written and spoken English.

Course Level: These fellowships are available for pursuing postdoctoral program in critical areas of education research.

Study Subject(s): Fellowships are provided in the field of education.

Scholarship Award: includes

  • Fellows will receive $70,000 for one academic year of research, or $35,000 for each of two contiguous years, working half-time.
  • The terms of the fellowship provide for no institutional support, i.e., overhead or indirect costs
  • Fellowships must begin during the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Fellows take the equivalent of one year’s teaching leave during the fellowship term.
    Fellows will be included in professional development retreats with other fellows and NAEd members.
  • Up to thirty postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in 2017.
  • Selection will be made by a committee of NAEd members.

Scholarship can be taken in the USA

Eligibility: The NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is open to all eligible applicants regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

  • Applicants must have received their Ph.D., EdD, or equivalent research degree between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2015. Please note, if they defended their dissertation in 2015, but did not receive their diploma, or were not conferred, until 2016, then they will not be eligible to apply for the fellowship this year. Do please consider applying next year, however.
  • Applicant should have a demonstrated record of research experience in education.
  • The proposed project must be an education research project. NAEd funds studies that examine the efficacy of curriculum and teaching methods, however, we do not fund the initial development of curriculum or instructional programs.
  • Applications will be judged on the applicant’s past research record, career trajectory in education research, and the quality of the project described in the application.
  • Applications must be made by the individual applying for the fellowship; group applications will not be accepted.
  • Non-US citizens are welcome to apply.
  • Concurrent funding for the proposed project is not permitted. Applicants may not hold a grant from the Spencer Foundation at the same time as this fellowship.

Nationality: International (Non-US citizens) students can apply for these fellowships.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must have received their Ph.D., EdD, or equivalent research degree between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2015.

Test Requirement: No

English Language Requirement: Students need to demonstrate that they have a good level of written and spoken English.

Postdoctoral Fellowships 

How to Apply: Applicants can apply through application components:

  • Application form
  • Abstract of proposed research project
  • Project description
  • Career history
  • Example of past research relevant to education
  • Curriculum vitae/resume
  • Reference letters

Application Deadline: The application deadline is November 3, 2016.

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