Two Fellowships Focusing on State Early Childhood Policy Sponsored by SRCD

Nov 03, 2017

Call for Letters of Intent for Two Fellowships

Focusing on State Early Childhood Policy 

Sponsored by SRCD

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) is seeking letters of intent for two State Policy Fellowship Programs for the 2018-2019 academic year: the Pre-doctoral State Policy Fellowship in Early Learning, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Post-doctoral State Policy Fellowship in Early Childhood, funded by the Heising-Simons Foundation. 

Pre-doctoral State Policy Fellowship in Early Learning

Beginning September 1st, 2018, SRCD will be supporting up to four part-time, year-long Pre-doctoral State Policy Fellows with placements in state executive branch offices that work on state pre-kindergarten programs.This Pre-doctoral State Policy Fellowship is intended to be a part-time immersion experience in which graduate students will build skills in policy research and program implementation and develop a greater understanding of the interplay of science and policy. SRCD would expect academic mentors in the students’ home institutions and placement supervisors in their state executive branch placements to provide guidance to the State Policy Fellow. It is SRCD’s intent that state executive branch office will benefit from the expertise of a child development researcher, and academic mentors will benefit from a greater understanding of the research and program issues salient to the office. Mentors are not asked to design a project with the Pre-doctoral State Policy Fellow in advance, but to support the scholar as the immersion experience proceeds and the potential for bringing research and developmental expertise to the placement is clarified.

Program Requirements: Candidates must have completed two years of coursework in a doctoral program with a focus on child development, and must be in good academic standing. Coursework should include a focus on early learning and education. Candidates must confirm with their academic advisers that participation in the program would be in keeping with the requirements of their doctoral program and would not impede progress towards the degree. Participation in the program requires a commitment to participate in a placement in a state executive branch agency for an average of 20 hours per week for one year. Hours per week can vary across the academic year and summer as long as this variation is mutually agreed upon and the average is 20 hours per week over the course of the year. Candidates must be U.S. citizens and SRCD members. A brief letter of intent of no more than three pages single-spaced is required as a first step. A letter of intent may be submitted jointly by a graduate student and an interested professor or university-based researcher, or may be submitted by a professor or university-based researcher interested in serving as the academic mentor for a Pre-doctoral State Policy Fellow. If submitted by an interested professor or university-based researcher alone, a specific pre-doctoral candidate does not yet need to be identified in the letter of intent. A selection committee will follow up with invitations for full applications. Among the requirements for the full application will be a letter of commitment from a state executive branch agency confirming that it will provide a placement. More information about the program and submission of letters of intent is available here.

Post-doctoral State Policy Fellowship in Early Childhood

Beginning September 1st, 2018, SRCD will be supporting full-time, year-long positions for two Post-doctoral State Policy Fellows with placements in state executive branch offices that focus on early childhood. This post-doctoral fellowship is intended to be an immersion experience in which child development scientists have the opportunity to build skills in policy research and implementation and develop a greater understanding of the interplay of science and policy. SRCD would expect academic mentors, who should be located in the same state as the placement, and placement supervisors in the state executive branch agency, to provide guidance to the State Policy Fellows. It is SRCD’s intent for state executive branch offices to benefit from the expertise of a child development researcher, and academic mentors to benefit from a greater understanding of the research and program issues salient to the office.  Academic mentors are not asked to design a project with the fellow in advance, but to support the fellow as the immersion experience proceeds and the potential for bringing child development and research expertise to the placement office is clarified.

Program Requirements: Applicants must have a doctoral-level degree (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D., M.D.) in a discipline involving child development research. Candidates with expertise in family engagement, early math skills, and/or the development of dual language learners in early childhood will be prioritized, but placement activities may focus on early childhood policy more broadly. Candidates must have completed a doctorate no more than two years before the start of the fellowship, must be U.S. citizens, and must be members of SRCD. A brief letter of intent of no more than three pages single-spaced is requested as a first step. Letters of intent should be submitted jointly by a post-doctoral candidate and a professor or senior researcher (at a university center or research organization) interested in serving as the academic mentor for the Post-doctoral State Policy Fellow. A selection committee will follow up with invitations for full applications. Among the requirements for the full application will be a letter of commitment from a state executive branch agency confirming that it will provide a placement. More information about the program and submission of letters of intent is available here.

Deadline to submit letters of intent: December 22, 2017

More information about the State Policy Fellowships is available online at https://www.srcd.org/policy-media/policy-fellowships-state. For questions, please email policyfellowships@srcd.org.



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