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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

Description:

Co-Principal Investigator: Elaine Allensworth

The Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Program in the Education Sciences at the University of Chicago, initially funded by IES in 2005, is designed to provide 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 the five year grant, the University of Chicago will offer approximately 19 students five-year fellowships . Annually, these fellowships include tuition and benefits, $30,000 stipends, and a small research/conference travel fund. The first cohort of fellows will receive four years of funding from IES during the grant followed by one year of funding from the University (after the grant is completed). The second cohort of fellows will receive three years of funding from IES during the grant followed by two years of funding from the University (after the grant is completed).

The training programís focus is on improving the contribution of schooling to skills required for the labor market success of urban youth. PhD students in the training program will participate in an interdisciplinary core curriculum consisting of coursework in human development, schooling, education policy, and discipline-based statistical methods. In addition, students will develop a research portfolio and receive additional training through a series of methods workshops and an ongoing workshop series on education in Chicago.

The training program is part of the University of Chicagoís 10-year Research Initiative on Pathways from Schooling to Work. This initiative supports inquiry and problem solving concerning how to improve education to better prepare urban youth to succeed in the modern labor market. It brings 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 will attend the Initiativeís seminar series and will also have the opportunity 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 the Institute of Education Sciences, the University of Chicago will be contributing $3,038,596 during the award period. After IES funding has concluded, the University of Chicago will contribute an additional $2,873,664 in tuition support to continue to train fellows for two years after this grant concludes.

Project Website: http://coe.uchicago.edu/page/pre

Related IES Projects: The University of Chicago has previously received two awards to implement its Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Program in the Education Sciences. More information about the 2005 and 2009 awards is available online.