REMINDER: MPES 2015 Applications are due April 3rd, 2015 @ 5 PM

With support through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education Sciences (IES), Northwestern University has established the Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences (MPES) which  is designed specifically for students who wish to pursue a research agenda that focuses on questions in U.S. education, from an interdisciplinary perspective. The program provides:

·      A unified program of required and optional coursework in the following areas:  cognition and student learning, quantitative and qualitative methods, evaluation, design, human development, and reading and mathematics education.

·      A research apprenticeship experience with core and affiliated faculty of the program.

·      Bimonthly seminars that create a stimulating intellectual center for the faculty and students interested in education related research issues.

·      Workshops on special topics that are relevant to education research.

·      Funding to support graduate student fellow’s travel to conferences and their research.

·      Up to three years of graduate student tuition support along with a generous stipend of $30,000 per year.

We are currently in the process of recruiting graduate student fellows for year 2 of the grant. Interested students should submit the following to Diane Schanzenbach via email at, by no later than April 3rd, 2015 at 5:00 PM:

  • 1-2 page memo that outlines the applicant’s research interest(s) in education
  • Résumé or C.V., including GRE scores and any awards received
  • One letter of reference from a faculty member in the applicant’s Ph.D. program that speaks to the applicants academic promise and the centrality of education to the applicant’s research interests

*Note: In order to be eligible for funding under the grant you must be a U.S. citizen and a first year PhD student in Human Development and Social Policy, Learning Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, and Statistics or a second year student in Economics.

Upcoming Informational Session: March 12th (4:30 pm) in the Annenberg 2nd floor commons.