USA: The National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowships Program

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Study Subject (s): Fellowships are provided in the field of education.

Course Level: The fellowships are available for pursuing Postdoctoral program in critical areas of education research.

Scholarship Provider: National Academy of Education

Scholarship can be taken at: USA

Eligibility: –Applicants must have received their PhD, EdD or equivalent research degree between January 1, 2008, and December 31, 2012- this time frame is accurate for the 2014 program.
-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.

Scholarship Open for International Students: International (Non-US citizens) students can apply for the fellowships.

Scholarship Description: 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.

Number of award(s): Up to twenty postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in 2014.

Duration of award(s): Fellows may elect to take the fellowship full-time over one year or half-time over two years.

What does it cover? The awards will include:
-Fellows will receive $55,000 for one academic year of research, or $27,500 for each of two contiguous years, working half-time.
-The terms of the fellowship provide for no institutional support, i.e., overhead or indirect costs
-Fellowships must begin during the 2014-2015 academic year.
-Fellows take the equivalent of one year’s teaching leave during the fellowship term.
-Fellows will be included in professional development retreats with other fellows and NAEd members.
-Up to twenty postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in 2014.
-Selection will be made by a committee of NAEd members.

Selection Criteria: Not Known

Notification: Forty to fifty semifinalists will be selected and notified of their status in March 2014. Semifinalist applications will be reviewed by two additional NAEd members and finalists will be notified of the award in May 2014. 

How to Apply: The mode of applying is online. Application Components:
-Application form
-Abstract of proposed research project
-Project description
-Career history
-Example of past research relevant to education
-Curriculum vitae/resume
-Reference letters

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline for the 2014 program will be November 1, 2013.

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