The University of Chicago: Graduate Studies

IES Pre-Doctoral Research Fellowship Application


The University of Chicago
Committee on Education

Pre-Doctoral Training Program in the Educational Sciences




The Pre-Doctoral Training Program in the Education Sciences is a fellowship program funded by the Institute of Education Sciences in the US Department of Education and the University of Chicago. The IES Fellowship program supports PhD students whose research addresses the question: "How can we improve the contribution of schooling to the life success of children growing up in our nation's cities?" 
Fellowship recipients receive full tuition support, a $30,000 stipend for 5 years, additional funds for travel and research, and opportunities for funded dissertation projects.


To be considered, you must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident applying to a PhD program in a participating department or professional school. Participating departments or schools are: Comparative Human Development, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, the Harris School of Public Policy, and the School of Social Service Administration

Applying for this fellowship does not guarantee admission to a PhD program at the University of Chicago, nor does admission to a participating PhD program guarantee the award of an IES Fellowship.

Required documents for the application are: 
  1. Completed Online Application
  2. Essay: The purpose of the IES Fellowship in the Educational Sciences is to join a sustained research effort to answer the following question: How can we improve the contribution of schooling to the life success of children growing up in our nation's cities? Please upload a 1-2 page essay indicating why you believe you are a good fit to join this effort.
  3. Writing Sample

Deadline: The application and all supporting materials must be received by December 15.

Questions regarding the IES Fellowship should be directed to Terese Schwartzman, IES Recruitment Director, at Questions regarding the application form itself should be directed to

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