MPES is now accepting 2016 Applications!

The Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences (MPES) is a pre-doctoral training grant that brings together faculty and doctoral students from Economics, Human Development and Social Policy, Learning Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, and Statistics, with support from the U.S. Department of Education Sciences (IES). Our program provides up to 3 years of graduate student tuition, plus a $30,000 annual stipend and funding to support research and travel to Ph.D. students who will write a dissertation on an education-related topic. The Department of Education is committed to producing scholars who are prepared to contribute to their mission of establishing an evidence-based approach to understanding and improving American education.

In addition to the tuition and stipend benefits, MPES provides a range of opportunities. MPES fellows are required to take additional coursework, engage in a research apprenticeship with affiliated faculty members, attend bimonthly seminars on education research and occasional conferences, and participate in a practicum at Evanston Township High School designed to address applied research questions. Optional training opportunities include a summer internship at the American Institutes for Research.

To apply, please submit the following:

  • A 1-2 page memo describing your research interest in education
  • A V. or résumé, including GRE scores and any awards received
  • One letter of reference from a faculty member in your Ph.D. program that speaks to your academic promise and the centrality of education to your research interests (this can be included in your application, or can be emailed directly to Prof. Rapp by the faculty member).

Eligible graduate students must be currently a first-year student in the Ph.D. programs in Human Development & Social Policy, Learning Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, or a second-year student in Economics. Candidates must be committed to writing a dissertation on an education-related topic. Eligibility is limited to United States citizens.


Please submit applications via email to the MPES Director, Prof. David Rapp, at