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Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences


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University of Chicago Predoctoral Training Program in the Education Sciences

Year: 2014
Name of Institution:
University of Chicago
Goal: Training
Principal Investigator:
Raudenbush, Stephen
Award Amount: $3,926,745
Award Period: 5 years (9/1/2014 - 8/31/2019)
Award Number: R305B140048


Co-Principal Investigator: Allensworth, Elaine

In 2005, the University of Chicago established the Interdisciplinary Training in Educational Research Methods (R305C050076) training program. Through this 2014 grant, the training program provided doctoral students from social science disciplines with advanced training in state-of-the-art quantitative methods and experience conducting research on the contributions of schooling to labor market success of youth.

Over the course of this grant, the University of Chicago offer fellows 5-year positions that included tuition and benefits, $30,000 stipends, and a small research/conference travel fund. Fellows received 3 to 4 years of funding from the grant, followed by 1 or 2 additional years of funding from the University.

The training program focused on the role of schooling for developing skills required in the labor market with a focus on the success of urban youth. Fellows in the training program participated in an interdisciplinary core curriculum consisting of coursework in human development, schooling, education policy, and discipline-based statistical methods. In addition, students developed a research portfolio and received additional training through a series of methods workshops and an ongoing workshop series on education in Chicago.

The training program was also part of the University of Chicago's research initiative Successful Pathways from School to Work that supports inquiry and problem solving to improve education for urban youths' entry into the modern labor market. The initiative brought together researchers, policy makers, and practitioners to address the urgent problem of improving the academic preparation of youth in Chicago and other major cities. Fellows attended the initiative's seminar series and also had opportunities to apply for dissertation support from the initiative.

The total projected costs of the training program are $9,839,005. In addition to the $3,926,745 grant from IES, the University of Chicago committed to contributing $3,038,596 during the award period with an additional $2,873,664 in tuition support to continue to train fellows for up to 2 years after the grant concluded.

List of Completed Fellows: Below is a list of the 23 fellows who received funding support from this award and completed the training program.

Bernett, Deena Knight, David
Braxton, Jalisha Leatherwood, Darnell
Brezack, Natalie (ORCID) Lee, Helen (ORCID)
Carrazza, Cristina Lu, Jenny
Cashdollar, Sarah (ORCID) McMillon, David
Cholli, Neil Mesghina, Almaz (ORCID)
Clark, Kallie (ORCID) Michleman, Valerie
Davis, Bridgette (ORCID) Pantoja, Nancy
Gorski, Karlyn (ORCID) Schwartz, Mariel
Hinton, Ebony Tackie, Hilary (ORCID)
Jerkins, Natalie Teska, Elayne
Karger, Ezra

Project Website:

Related IES Projects: Interdisciplinary Training in Educational Research Methods (R305C050076), Improving the Contribution of Schooling to Skills Required for Labor Market Success (R305B090023), Increasing the Effectiveness and Coherence of Interventions to Reduce Educational Inequality (R305B200015)

Products and Publications

ERIC Citations: Find available citations in ERIC for this award here.

Select Publications From Completed Fellows: IES is in the process of updating citations for training grants. In the meantime, you can find publications associated with this grant in ERIC and by using Google Scholar.

Updated November 2022