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Early Career Mentoring Program for Faculty at Minority Serving Institutions

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Dr. Katina Stapleton
(202) 245-6566


REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS: PDF File FY 2022 84.305B (PDF: 581 KB) Updated*

* A revised version of the 84.305B RFA was posted on 7/16/2021 to clarify MSI eligibility and the annual maximum for mentor stipends for the Early Career Mentoring Program for Faculty at Minority Serving Institutions.


The Early Career Mentoring Program for Faculty at Minority Serving Institutions (Early Career Mentoring Program) supports grants that prepare faculty at minority-serving institutions (MSIs) to conduct high-quality education research that advances knowledge within the field of education sciences and addresses issues important to education policymakers and practitioners.

The Early Career Mentoring Program supports the mentoring and training of faculty at MSIs who are in the early stages of their academic careers. Each award will provide an individual Early Career MSI faculty member with support for research (including salary for protected time to conduct research) and career development that includes training under the guidance of an experienced mentor or mentors. By awarding these grants to faculty at MSIs, IES seeks to provide greater diversity in the types of institutions that provide IES-funded research training. This new program is part of IES's larger effort to develop a pipeline of talented education researchers who bring fresh ideas, approaches, and perspectives to addressing the issues and challenges faced by the nation's diverse students and schools.

The Early Career Mentoring Program is designed to prepare principal investigators (PIs) to conduct the type of research IES funds in its research grant programs. PIs who complete an IES-funded Early Career Mentoring grant will have gained the skills necessary to carry out research that meets the requirements and recommendations of the IES research grant programs and to communicate their research findings effectively to researchers, education policymakers, practitioners, and the public. In addition, Early Career PIs will have built professional skills and networks that support working with other researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and other education stakeholders.