The postdoctoral fellowship program trains recent PhD graduates how to estimate the causal effects of education policies and practices on student outcomes, using longitudinal data collected by state and local education agencies to do so. Importantly, fellow training takes place with an extraordinary interdisciplinary community of students, faculty, and staff who share a passion for improving outcomes across U.S. education.
Fellows engage in ongoing education-related research projects and participate in all aspects of the research process; collecting, compiling and analyzing data; designing surveys; participating in research planning; writing papers; presenting results at seminars and professional meetings; and supervising research assistants. Integral to our training program, fellows learn how to develop a research partnership with practitioners or public agencies and to communicate results to non-technical audiences.
Fellows receive close mentorship from professors Christina Weiland, Brian Jacob, and Kevin Stange, and also have the opportunity to work with U-M's dynamic cross-disciplinary community of researchers and faculty. Fellows will have ample opportunity to participate in seminars, training, gain exposure and the opportunity to network with eminent education scholars.
Fellows receive a competitive salary and benefits, plus research funds. Former EPI postdoctoral fellows have gone on to pursue successful careers in academia and other research organizations, some of whom have served in leadership positions within local and state education agencies.
I believe the postdoc offers three things that set graduates up for success: supportive mentors, opportunity to build a strong research portfolio, and access to great data through the MEDC. Postdoc at EPI was a very fulfilling professional experience for me. I gained clarity about the work I wanted to do and the emphasis on policy relevant research inspired me to build a career in policy research.
— Tareena Musaddiq, Researcher at Mathematica