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Title: Interdisciplinary Training Program for Predoctoral Research in the Education Sciences
Center: NCER Year: 2015
Principal Investigator: Alibali, Martha W. Awardee: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Program: Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences      [Program Details]
Award Period: 5 years (7/1/2015-6/30/2020) Award Amount: $3,995,090
Type: Training Award Number: R305B150003

Co-Principal Investigator: Eric Grodsky

The University of Wisconsin, Madison's Interdisciplinary Training Program for Predoctoral Research in the Education Sciences (ITP), initially funded by the Institute in 2005, is designed to train doctoral students in social science disciplines and education and equip them with the analytic skills to assess the impacts of key policies and programs relevant to policymakers and practitioners at the federal, state, and local levels. ITP is housed within the Wisconsin Center for Education and includes faculty and students from four participating academic departments (sociology, economics, political science, and psychology) and three professional schools (education, public policy, and social work).

Over the course of the five-year grant, the University of Wisconsin, Madison will offer approximately 25 doctoral students two-year (advanced) or five-year (entry-level) ITP fellowships. Entry-level ITP fellows, who enter the training program as first year graduate students, will receive three years of funding from the Institute and two years funding from the University. Advanced ITP fellows, who enter the program at the dissertation stage, will receive two years of Institute support. All ITP fellowships (regardless of fellowship length or funding source) will include tuition and benefits, $30,000 stipends, and a small research fund.

PhD students in ITP will participate in an interdisciplinary core curriculum consisting of coursework in education policy, experimental research design, measurement, and statistics. Fellows will also receive training in the process of working with practitioners and policymakers in the use of rigorous research evidence to inform educational decision-making (translational research). Fellows will participate in semester-long research-to-practice internships on large-scale research studies that explore causal questions of relevance to education policy or practice. The training program also includes an ongoing interdisciplinary seminar in the education sciences and semi-annual workshops with practitioners and policymakers.

The total projected costs of the training program are $5.47 million. In addition to the approximately $4 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences, the University of Wisconsin-Madison will be contributing approximately $584,000 to cost-share fellows' stipends/tuition during the award and approximately $890,000 to provide up to two additional years of fellowship support after the grant ends.

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Related IES Projects: Interdisciplinary Training Program in the Education Sciences (ITP) (R305C050055), Interdisciplinary Training Program (ITP) for Predoctoral Research in the Education Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (R305B090009)