Harvard Strategic Data Project Fellow - Harvard University

Job Title: 
Harvard Strategic Data Project Fellow  

Position Type:
Full-Time (fellowship) 

Job Description: 
The Strategic Data Project (SDP) is an initiative of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University. The SDP Fellowship program helps school system leaders use data and evidence in strategic decision-making to improve public education. By placing Fellows in school systems and education organizations across the United States, SDP provides a unique entry point for passionate quantitative researchers and data strategists who want to make a difference.  

SDP Fellows are placed in full-time roles at host agencies including school districts, charter management organizations, state education departments, foundations, and education nonprofits. As a Fellow, you and your host agency will develop clear priorities and plans for using data and build organizational willingness to use data for decision-making. Fellows are paid a salary of $75k-90k plus appropriate benefits by their placement agency. The Fellowship lasts two years (fall 2021-summer 2023) with the possibility for longer-term employment. 

In the past, fellows have tackled projects in one of the following focus areas: 

  • program evaluation 
  • data visualization 
  • early warning indicator systems 
  • data management governance 
  • survey design and analysis 
  • data dashboards 
  • student pathways and postsecondary success 
  • teacher quality   

Fellows also participate in a tailored curriculum in measurement, analysis, leadership, and education policy delivered by Harvard-affiliated researchers and practitioners. 

Join a powerful, growing community of forward-thinking data advocates and leaders in more than 20 states and 160+ education organizations.  

READ MORE TO BECOME AN SDP FELLOW (2021-2023) AT: https://sdp.cepr.harvard.edu/fellowship 


  • SDP seeks candidates who possess: 
  • a strong background in applied quantitative analysis, 
  • an advanced degree (Master’s level or higher), 
  • at least four years of relevant work experience, 
  • a demonstrated passion for education reform 
  • a track record of collaboration, humility, and ability to guide change 
  • an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit     
  • flexibility, adaptability, and persistence 
  • ability to communicate complex information to various audiences 

How to Apply: 
Please follow the link to the application:  https://sdp.cepr.harvard.edu/apply