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Grants to USA Doctoral Candidates for
Educational Research Related to STEM Policy

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Funding Source:

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American Educational Research Association (AERA) and National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline Date:

06/15/21 11:59 PM PT

Description:

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Grants to USA doctoral candidates for educational research related to STEM practice. Funding is intended for professional development and high-level research on STEM-related educational issues through the analysis of information from extensive national or international data sets.

Dissertation Grants are available for advanced doctoral students and are intended to support the student while analyzing data and writing the doctoral dissertation. Proposals are encouraged from the full range of education research fields and other fields and disciplines engaged in education-related research, including economics, political science, psychology, sociology, demography, statistics, public policy, and psychometrics.

The Grants Program is open to field-initiated research and welcomes proposals that:

  1. Develop or benefit from advanced statistical or innovative quantitative methods or measures;
  2. Analyze more than one large-scale national or international federally funded data set, or more than one statewide longitudinal data system (SLDS) or incorporate other data enhancements;
  3. Integrate, link, or blend multiple large-scale data sources; or
  4. Undertake replication research of major findings or major studies using large-scale, federally supported or enhanced data.

The Grants Program encourages proposals across the life span and contexts of education and learning of relevance to STEM policy and practice. The research may focus on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to such issues as student achievement in STEM, contextual factors in education, educational participation and persistence (pre-kindergarten through graduate school), early childhood education and development, postsecondary education, and the STEM workforce and transitions. Studies that examine issues of specific racial and ethnic groups, social classes, genders, or persons with disabilities are encouraged.

The research project must include the analysis of large-scale data. The data set can originate from one or multiple sources, including (1) federal data bases, (2) federally supported national studies, (3) international data sets supported by federal funds, or (4) statewide longitudinal administrative data systems (SLDS) enhanced through federal grants. For more information on data set eligibility, see the URL for Full Text link below.

Award Components:

  • Award Component 1, $25,000 Stipend. AERA will award each grantee up to a $25,000 stipend to study education, teaching, learning, or other education research topics using one or multiple large-scale databases.
  • Award Component 2, AERA Research Conference. Grantees will participate in an AERA research conference held in Washington, DC.¬†During this 2-day conference, grantees will participate in seminar-type sessions on substantive, methodological, and professional issues.
  • Award Component 3, AERA Annual Meeting Capstone Research Institute. Each spring AERA holds its Annual Meeting which brings together over 15,000 researchers, scholars, and policy leaders to present their research, share knowledge, and build research capacity through over 2,000 substantive sessions. Grantees will take a data analysis or appropriate methods course while attending the AERA Annual Meeting.¬†

For more information about the three components of the program, see the URL for Full Text link below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175917

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Component 1: AERA will award each grantee up to a $25,000 stipend.

Award Component 2: AERA Research Conference. The award will cover all travel and lodging expenses for grantees to participate in the conference.

Award Component 3: AERA Annual Meeting Capstone Research Institute. Grantees must include travel and lodging expenses to the Annual Meeting in their budget.

Term of Contract:

This is a one-year, non-renewable award.

AERA is flexible on research project start dates, depending on what is best for the applicant. The earliest date a grant may start is approximately three months following the application deadline. Alternatively, an award start date several months or more after that may be requested.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants for this one-year, nonrenewable award should be advanced doctoral students at the dissertation writing stage, usually the last year of study. Applicants may be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents enrolled in a doctoral program. Non-U.S. citizens enrolled in a doctoral program at a U.S. institution are also eligible to apply. Underrepresented racial and ethnic minority researchers as well as women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Dissertation Grantees may not accept concurrent grant or fellowship awards from another agency, foundation, institution or the like for the same dissertation project that is funded by the AERA Grants Program. If the awardee is offered more than one major grant or fellowship for the same project for the same time period, in order to accept the AERA Grants Program Dissertation Grant, the other award(s) must be declined. Awardees may accept Research Assistant or Teaching Assistant appointments at their doctoral institutions and may have additional employment.

If the applicant is employed by a contractor of NCES, NSF, other federal agency, state agency, or other entity that provides the dataset proposed for the project, the dissertation research must not be considered part of the applicant's work responsibilities. An additional letter from the applicant's employer is required as part of the application submission, stating that the dissertation project is separate from the applicant's job duties. This letter must be sent electronically by the deadline.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications for the AERA Grants Program must be completed using the AERA online application portal by 11:59 PM (PT) by Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

An applicant may submit only one proposal to the AERA Grants Program for review at any one time. Due to the large volume of applications received, the AERA Program is unable to provide individual feedback on unfunded proposals.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to read "Estimating Causal Effects: Using Experimental and Observational Designs", by Barbara Schneider, Martin Carnoy, Jeremy Kilpatrick, William H. Schmidt, and Richard J. Shavelson prior to submitting a dissertation grant proposal.

Grantees will participate in an AERA research conference held in Washington, DC. During this 2-day conference grantees will participate in seminar-type sessions on substantive, methodological, and professional issues. Also, they will have the opportunity to network and interact with the Grants Program Governing Board, senior scholars and researchers, other graduate students who use large-scale datasets in their research, and representatives from key federal agencies such as the National Center for Educational Statistics, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education.

Each spring AERA holds its Annual Meeting which brings together over 15,000 researchers, scholars, and policy leaders to present their research, share knowledge, and build research capacity through over 2,000 substantive sessions. Grantees will take a data analysis or appropriate methods course while attending the AERA Annual Meeting. The grantees will present their research in an invited poster session along with other graduate students who received dissertation support from AERA and other prestigious fellowship programs. Finally, grantees will participate in a Capstone conference directly after the Annual Meeting that will address issues such as building a research agenda, searching for a faculty appointment, and publishing research.

Applicants are encouraged to watch the informational webinar to learn more about the AERA Grants Program and discuss the application process. The recorded webinar is available through the AERA Virtual Research Learning Center.

Recent AERA Webinars: https://aera.elevate.commpartners.com/

AERA Virtual Research Learning Center: https://www.aera.net/ProfessionalOpportunitiesFunding/VirtualResearchLearningCenter/tabid/14823/Default.aspx

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:
http://forms.logiforms.com/formdata/user_forms/7993_9562493/66561/

For questions regarding the application or submission process, contact:

George L. Wimberly, Co-Principal Investigator
AERA Grants Program
grantsprogram@aera.net
202-238-3200

American Educational Research Association
1430 K Street NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20005

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