National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship

    The National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 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 program also develops the careers of its recipients through professional development activities involving National Academy of Education members.


    • Applicants must have received their PhD, EdD, or equivalent research degree between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2013- this time frame is accurate for the 2015 program and differs from the eligibility requirements in the past. Please note, if you defended your dissertation in 2013, but did not receive your diploma, or were not conferred, until 2014, then you 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.
    • 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. You may not hold a grant from the Spencer Foundation at the same time as this fellowship.


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    Fellows will receive $55,000 for one academic year of research, or $27,500 for each of two contiguous years, working half-time.

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