RAND Corporation Scholarship Opportunity

Are you an education researcher? Are you in school to become one?
Are you interested in receiving a small scholarship to conduct your own research using survey data from one of the largest, high-quality data sets of U.S. school leaders and teachers?

RAND Corporation is making scholarships available to support early-career researchers from underrepresented groups or at under-resourced institutions to use American Educator Panels (AEP) data. This effort, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is intended to build quantitative analytic capacity among a diverse group of researchers and to ensure analyses reflect a wide range of perspectives. AEP Scholars will have opportunities to interact with one another and with RAND researchers as part of a cohort of scholars who are interested in using survey data to address crucial education policy questions.

The RAND AEP team has administered surveys on a wide range of education topics of national import. Past surveys have included topics such as social and emotional learning, COVID-19, disabilities and special education, and planning for postsecondary success. Browse published RAND research that used AEP data. See a partial list of completed AEP surveys in the AEP Data Portal.

The AEP is a unique resource that offers:
• High-quality data from scientifically drawn, probability-based samples of teachers and principals to provide nationally representative estimates
• Ability to examine results for subgroups of teachers and principals, such as those in elementary, middle, or high schools, and those serving majorities of low-income or high-income students
• Opportunity to access and share data with the broader research community
• And more
More about the AEP Scholarship:
By conducting relevant and timely analyses with AEP data that addresses their research questions, scholarship recipients will contribute to research that informs policies and practices that benefit all youth.
Scholarships of $5,000 can be used at scholars’ discretion. Potential scholarship uses include purchase of restricted AEP data or other needed resources, such as software.
Application deadline: The first round of applications are due by end of day September 30, 2020. Future rounds may be opened pending availability.
Who should apply:
Early-career scholars, current graduate students enrolled in a doctoral, professional, or master’s degree programs at U.S.-based colleges or universities, or people awarded one of these degrees within seven years who also fit at least one of the following criteria:
• From underrepresented groups in higher education (e.g., Black or African American, Latinx, or American Indian students; first-generation college students)
• From under-resourced institutions that may be unable to provide the support needed to access and analyze the data
• From minority-serving institutions

Scholarship recipient responsibilities:
• Recipients will engage in multiple activities throughout the year of award to ensure progress and success. At a minimum, recipients will attend a virtual orientation, submit a research plan for their project, attend virtual check-in meetings with RAND, and present their research at a virtual final convening of scholarship recipients.

Award selection :
• RAND will review applications to determine eligibility and completeness. A group of RAND education researchers and AEP team members will review qualifying applications to select recipients. All applicants will receive email notice of their application status.

Additional details and instructions on how to apply for the scholarship can be found on the AEP website at www.rand.org/aep-scholarship. Please note you will need to register for the AEP Data Portal to access the application.