What are the eligibility criteria for applicants to the Summer Institute?

We are only considering applicants who already have a PhD or EdD degree, experience conducting research relevant to education, and who are U.S. citizens or non-citizens with permanent residence status.

Beyond these eligibility criteria, we are giving preference to individuals who

  • have demonstrated their ability to conduct independent research,
  • are currently employed in a setting in which conducting research relevant to education is part of their regular responsibilities,
  • have sufficient methodological and statistical background to benefit from this training, and
  • can demonstrate that they have a need for the knowledge and skills addressed in the Training Institute.

I am a postdoctoral student attending an American university on a student visa. Am I eligible?

No. Due to space limitations and our citizenship requirement, the course is open only to U.S. citizens or non-citizen nationals who have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence (i.e., possess a currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or other legal verification of such status).

How many people will be accepted for the course?

Up to 30 applicants will be accepted.

Can more than one person from an organization apply?

Yes. We will evaluate each application on its own merits. If we receive more than 30 meritorious applications, we will then take into account other criteria such as disciplinary, geographical, and institutional diversity.

If I am accepted, can I bring my spouse and/or children?

Yes, but at your own expense.

Can you send me the course materials if I am unable to attend?

PowerPoint presentations will be available on this website and on the IES/NCER website as soon as possible after the Training Institute ends.

Do I have to attend all the sessions during the two-week Training Institute?

Yes, we require participants to attend and participate in all of the course sessions and activities during the two-week training period.