Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Opportunities
IPR graduate research assistants (RAs) and postdoctoral fellows work closely with individual IPR fellows on faculty research projects, including those that are associated with the student's area of doctoral or postdoctoral study.
Typically, IPR graduate RAs are appointed in the fall at the request of an IPR fellow, and their appointment can be for one, two or three quarters over the academic year. They receive funding through graduate school, departmental, and external grants. IPR postdoctoral fellows are usually appointed to one- or two-year research fellowships to work with an IPR fellow on a particular project or area of study. Their funding comes through external grants.
One of the greatest benefits of being an IPR graduate RA or postdoctoral fellow is the exposure to IPR's particular brand of interdisciplinary research on crucial topics of social policy relevance. Both graduate RAs and postdocs are integral parts of the IPR community and actively participate in its intellectual life by conducting research, making presentations, and participating in colloquia and other events at the Institute. They are often invited to meet with IPR's invited distinguished guests and speakers.
Even if you are not an IPR graduate research assistant or postdoctoral fellow, you are welcome to participate in IPR's policy research-oriented community by attending one of our many events across the academic year, such as the Fay Lomax Cook Monday Colloquia Series.
Graduate Student Resources
The Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences, led by IPR Director and economist Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, offers PhD students integrated training to prepare them to conduct rigorous and relevant education research. It offers a unified program of required and optional coursework across a variety of areas, research apprenticeships, seminars, and tuition and research funding opportunities, among others. The Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education provides funding.
The School of Education and Social Policy, led by Dean and IPR Fellow David Figlio, houses a number of IPR graduate RAs in its graduate program on human development and social policy. IPR fellows in SESP mentor a number of IPR graduate RAs, and its graduate studies program is currently led by IPR developmental psychobiologist Emma Adam.
More than half of IPR's graduate RAs come from one of the 30 different departments in Weinberg, including anthropology, earth and planetary sciences, economics, political science, psychology, sociology, and statistics. Many IPR fellows in WCAS mentor IPR graduate RAs and are involved with the graduate student programs in their respective departments.
The Graduate School, led by Dean and IPR Associate Teresa Woodruff, offers a variety of information and tools to enhance the graduate student experience at Northwestern. These include Academic Student Services and the GSTS (Graduate Student Tracking System) to keep track of academic progress, milestones, and related academic activity.
Postdoctoral Fellow Resources
NUPA is a volunteer-led association of postdoctoral fellows across Northwestern. It aims to connect postdocs, ensure they receive proper training, and make the postdoc years a desirable career stage. They hold trainings, social events, and offer assistance and ideas for career development.
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs connects postdoctoral trainees with resources ranging from career and professional development to work/life support. It also offers affinity groups to connect postdoctoral trainees and other members of the Northwestern community by affiliation, including: ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and professional interests.