|Grant Program:||Pathways to the Education Sciences Research Training Program|
Dr. Katina Stapleton
Pathways Training Program grants are awarded to minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and their partners that create education research training programs (eight weeks to 1 year in length) that prepare fellows for doctoral study. While the formats of Pathways programs vary, the core features are:
Training participants (known as Pathways fellows) may include upper-level undergraduates (juniors and seniors), post-baccalaureate students (within 5 years of receiving a bachelor's degree), or students enrolled in master's degree programs. Fellows who complete their Pathways Training Program should be prepared to enter a doctoral program in which they can pursue a future career in education research.
To meet these goals, each Pathways Training program must provide specific strategies for promoting diversity in its program and for recruiting fellows from diverse groups underrepresented in doctoral programs. In addition, each Pathways Training program must be hosted by an MSI (or in partnership with an MSI). IES included this requirement because of MSIs historical role in preparing underrepresented minority students who pursue doctoral degrees.
Individual Pathways Training programs can be of varying formats, lengths, and foci; however, at a minimum, they each must have an education research theme and research apprenticeship opportunities for fellows. Each program is also required be interdisciplinary—involving fields such as education, statistics, economics, sociology, psychology, and public policy—and provide opportunities for students to learn how researchers are addressing significant issues and challenges facing education policymakers and practitioners. Although not required, the Institute strongly encourages programs to provide a course or seminar that addresses the program's theme, mentoring, and additional activities designed to assist fellows in applying for admission to doctoral programs.
Students interested in becoming Pathways fellows must apply for admission to a training program, not to IES. Each training program has its own admission process and selection criteria. Potential fellows can receive information about applying for a fellowship by contacting the training program directly.
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