Postdoctral fellowship program

A two-year fellowship focused on the generation and dissemination of high-quality education policy research
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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 Brian Jacob, Kevin Stange, and Christina Weiland, 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.

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During my time at U-M, CIERS was an ideal place to present work ranging from a research proposal to a finished piece. I have not seen another seminar like it.

Daniel Kreisman, assistant professor of economics at Georgia State University

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Research projects

Most of our projects involve working with education partners in evaluations that use administrative datasets. Methods employed include randomized trials, regression discontinuity, and instrumental variables.
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Postdoctoral Fellow - Fall 2019 Cohort

Sabrina Solanki

Now an Academic Administrator at the Education Research Initiative (ERI) at the University of California, Irvine, Solanki has spends most of her time working on a number of diverse research projects that focus on improving the college experience and learning outcomes for students, using both quasi-experimental and experimental designs.
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Postdoctoral Fellow - Fall 2011 Cohort

Steven Hemelt

Now an assistant professor of public policy at the University of North Carolina, Hemelt is examining the effects of different policies or programs on students' performance in high school, transition into college, and longer-run college outcomes.
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Postdoctoral Fellow - Fall 2016 Cohort

Silvia Robles

Now a researcher at Mathematica, Robles focuses on the transition between high school and college, and on barriers to higher education among under-represented minority and low-income students in the U.S.
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Ongoing support

Originally established in 2011, the Postdoctoral Training Program in Quantitative Methods for Education Policy Research at the University of Michigan is supported by grant R305B170015 from the United States Department of Education’s Institute for Education Sciences.
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