In summer 2023, as part of its Gueron Scholars Program, MDRC will offer up to two paid fellowships to doctoral candidates who are pursuing independent, self-directed research on economic, educational, and social problems affecting Americans with low incomes. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for graduate students to gain exposure to education and social policy research, understand employment options beyond the academic and public sectors, and access the advice and support of MDRC's staff in completing their dissertations. The Gueron Scholars program seeks to engage and support individuals from groups that are underrepresented in the education and social policy research communities.
Dedicated to learning what works to improve the well-being of families with low incomes, MDRC has created this special financial assistance program for students enrolled in doctoral programs in economics, psychology, sociology, child development, child welfare, family relations, criminal justice, education, public policy, or related fields that align with our project work conducted in the following five policy areas:
* Family Well-Being and Children's Development Policy Area
* K-12 Education Policy Area
* Postsecondary Education Policy Area
* Economic Mobility, Housing, and Communities Policy Area
* Youth Development, Criminal Justice, and Employment Policy Area
* Fellows will work on their doctoral dissertations and will engage in the intellectual life of MDRC by attending project meetings and seminars and by interacting with MDRC research staff with expertise relevant to their dissertation research.
* Fellows will also be expected to present their research to the MDRC community.
* Must be enrolled in a doctoral program in economics, psychology, sociology, child development, child welfare, family relations, criminal justice, education, public policy, or related fields
* Must have a dissertation proposal or prospectus approved by the applicant's academic department
Timing: Applications should be submitted by 11:59 pm (ET) on Wednesday, February 15, 2023. All applications and supporting materials will be reviewed after the application deadline. Please see "What to expect from MDRC's recruitment process" for more information.
Instructions: When submitting your application, please include the following:
* A curriculum vitae or résumé, including academic and work experience.
* An unofficial copy of your graduate school transcript(s), which must document your status as a registered student.
* A letter from the academic department or registrar confirming that the applicant's dissertation proposal or prospectus has been approved by the applicant's academic department.
* A proposal (up to 2,000 words) that discusses the rationale for the research project you plan to pursue during the fellowship period. Include a statement of the research question, the data you will be using, the analytic approach you are taking, its relevance to education or social policy, the steps needed to complete the project, and how you believe a doctoral fellowship at MDRC will aid you in meeting your proposed research goals.
* Two letters of recommendation, including one from a sponsoring faculty member. Peer recommendations are not acceptable. The recommenders (not the applicants) can email the letters directly to [ Email address blocked ] - Click here to apply to 2023-02i: Paid Doctoral Fellowship
. Include in the subject line "GSP Doctoral Fellowship/Attn: SaraJane David or Servina Cortez."
Important Things to Know
* A stipend of $10,000 and a workspace in an MDRC office will be provided.
* We have a strong preference for the fellow to work in person in MDRC's NY office. The position will be hybrid and the fellows will be expected to be in the office 1-2 days per week. While we prefer for the fellow to have an in-office presence in the NYC office, there may be a possibility for fellows to be fully remote instead.
* Fellows are expected to secure their own housing.
Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.?Please note that the health and safety of our employees and candidates is very important to us and that interviews (when scheduled) will be conducted via video?conferencing. As a Federally Contracted employer, MDRC is in full compliance with all applicable regulations including, but not limited to, recent changes that require vaccination of employees of federal contractors. All employees are required to be fully vaccinated with one of the available COVID-19 vaccinations, unless they have sought and received an exemption from this policy due to a disability or other medical condition, or because of a sincerely held religious belief. Accommodations are granted in accordance with applicable law and regulations. Applicants must submit proof of vaccination or request and submit an applicable request for accommodation during the offer stage.?
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