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Harvard University

Partnering in Education Research


»The new Partnering in Education Research (PIER) training program at Harvard University is designed to train doctoral students to conduct quantitative education policy analysis and to conduct collaborative research with education agencies. PIER is primarily housed within Graduate School of Education and the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) and also includes faculty and students from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Kennedy School.

Over the course of the five-year grant, Harvard will offer approximately 30 doctoral students two- or three-year fellowships. Fellows who enter the training program after one year of doctoral study will receive three years of PIER funding. Fellows that enter the training program after two years of doctoral study receive two years of PIER funding. All PIER fellowships will include tuition and benefits, a stipend, and a small research fund. Stipends vary between $30,530 and $38,000 depending on the fellow's year of study ($30,000 of the stipend is provided through the training grant award and the remainder is provided by Harvard as cost-sharing).

PhD students in PIER will participate in an interdisciplinary core curriculum consisting of coursework in quantitative methodology, experimental research design and education policy. Fellows will also participate in ongoing research apprenticeships with faculty mentors and a ten-week internship with a school district. The training program also includes an ongoing interdisciplinary seminar on education research and a bi-weekly speaker series.

PI: Thomas Kane