Funding Opportunities for Dissertation Research

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has long supported rigorous dissertation research of policy relevance by advanced doctoral students. We are excited to announce that the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) has forecasted their intent to fund Child Care, Head Start, Family Strengthening, and Behavioral Interventions graduate student dissertation grants in 2018. Please visit for the Child Care, Head Start, Family Strengthening, and Behavioral Interventions Scholars forecasts to view the estimated application due dates, sign up for email notifications regarding these grant opportunities, and for links to the expired Funding Opportunity Announcements for the prior Fiscal Year. Please circulate this information to any interested parties. Note: These grant opportunities are contingent on available funds.

2018-2019 Graduate Assistantships

Are you currently funded by the Department as a GTA, Departmental GRA (not grant-based), or GAA and want to apply for funding for next year? Do you not currently have an Assistantship but want to apply for one for next year?

The Department’s Application for Graduate Assistantships for 2018-2019 is now open and available at The deadline to apply is January 2, 2018 by 11:59 pm. ALL students interested in a departmentally-funded GA position next year MUST complete the application, even if you currently have a position and hope to return to the same position next year.

We have made a few changes to the application this year. The most substantial change is that you now must write a Statement of Interest and Qualifications for each position you choose to apply to. Position descriptions have been posted giving an outline of each position and the minimum qualifications to be hired for that position. With these changes, be sure to allow yourself sufficient time to complete the application before the deadline.

What if?

  • I submitted an application and realize I need to change something?
  • I’m not sure if the application submitted?
  • I have other questions?

Please reach out to Billy Welch, if you have any questions regarding the GA Application or the GA Application process.

2018-2019 ETS Internship and Fellowship Programs in Research & Development

2018–2019 ETS Internship and Fellowship Programs in Research & Development for Graduate Students

Dear Colleague:

ETS Research & Development (R&D) is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2018–2019 Educational Testing Service (ETS) Internship and Fellowship Programs in R&D.

These programs seek applicants interested in research opportunities who are enrolled in a doctoral program in the field of educational research, assessment or related fields. Areas of emphasis include the following:

  • psychometrics
  • validity
  • natural language processing and computational linguistics
  • cognitive psychology
  • learning sciences
  • linguistics, second language learning and teaching English as a foreign language
  • speech recognition and processing
  • teaching and classroom research
  • statistics
  • educational data mining
  • international large-scale assessments

The Summer Internship Program in Research for Graduate Students

This program focuses on major research activities that will occur in 2018. Selected interns conduct research under the guidance of ETS mentors at ETS offices in Princeton, N.J. Graduate students who are currently enrolled in full-time doctoral programs in the areas listed above and who have completed a minimum of two years of coursework toward their Ph.D. or Ed.D. prior to the program start date are eligible to apply.

The Harold Gulliksen Psychometric Research Fellowship Program

This program seeks graduate students who have completed their doctoral coursework and are at the dissertation stage of their program, working on a dissertation related to statistics, psychometrics, educational/psychological measurement or quantitative methods. Selected fellows study at their universities and carry out research under the supervision of an academic mentor and in consultation with an ETS researcher or psychometrician.

Please take a moment to consider which qualified individuals you believe would benefit from these opportunities and encourage them to apply.

Share this information with your colleagues. Complete program Information and application instructions are available. Visit our website now to get started.

The application deadlines are as follows:

  • The Summer Internship Program in Research for Graduate Students — February 1, 2018
  • The Harold Gulliksen Psychometric Research Fellowship Program — December 29, 2017 (preliminary) and February 16, 2018 (final)

If you have any questions about the programs, please email For information, newsletters, research reports and more, join our mailing list.

Thank you in advance for your assistance and support of these programs.


ETS Rosedale Road Princeton, NJ 08541

GAA Position- Department of Engineering Education (EED)

Department of Engineering Education (EED)

Graduate Administrative Associate Position Description  2017-2018 (9/5/17)



The Department of Engineering Education will celebrate its two-year anniversary on November 6, 2017. With approximately 250 faculty, staff, and student employees, we are the academic home of Ohio State’s first-year engineering program, undergraduate multidisciplinary capstone design, and engineering technical communications courses. In the autumn semester of 2016, EED offered instruction to almost 4000 undergraduate students.


In addition to maintaining high-quality undergraduate student programs, the EED is developing a proposal to create a graduate program where admitted graduate students will earn Ph.D.’s in Engineering Education. The development of this program establishes a firm foundation for an expansion of our research, which will position the EED as a department where undergraduate and graduate education complement research and practice in the development of diverse career pathways for our engineering students.


We would like to hire a Graduate Administrative Associate to assist us in moving the department to the next level. The GAA will assist with event planning, marketing material development, social media editing, and streamlining various processes (such as teaching assistant hiring). Other responsibilities include database creation and maintenance, research grant administration, and miscellaneous office tasks. The GAA may also oversee student employees.



The GAA is required to have strong written and verbal communication skills; strong interpersonal skills; strong attention to detail; and acceptance as a graduate student at The Ohio State University. Competence in Microsoft EXCEL, PowerPoint, and Word are required. Experience in project management and databases are desired. The applicant must be in good academic standing.

Working Hours and Compensation

Average twenty (20) hours per week per semester, which is a 50% appointment; must commit to work two academic semesters minimum.


Application process

Please submit a CV, transcript or advising report, and cover letter (addressed to Dr. Lisa Abrams) to by Friday September 22, 2017. Please also include up to three references (names and contact information).  Appropriate references would be an advisor, professor, or employer. Selected candidates will be contacted the week of September 25 for an interview.  GAA appointment to start during Autumn 2017 semester as soon as possible.

2018 Ford Foundation Fellowships Programs for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is accepting applications for the 2018 Ford Foundation Fellowships Programs for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching. Full eligibility information and online applications are available here.

Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • U.S. citizens, nationals, permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), or individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) program, and political asylees and refugees regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation.
  • Individuals planning a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in a research-based field of science, social science or humanities.


  • Predoctoral- $24,000 per year for three years
  • Dissertation- $25,000 for one year
  • Postdoctoral- $45,000 for one year

Awardees will have expenses paid to attend at least one Conference of Ford Fellows. Approximately 65 predoctoral, 36 dissertation, and 24 postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded.

Application Deadline Dates:

  • Predoctoral: December 14, 2017 (5:00 PM EST)
  • Dissertation: December 7, 2017 (5:00 PM EST)
  • Postdoctoral: December 7, 2017 (5:00 PM EST)

Supplementary Materials receipt deadline for submitted applications is January 9, 2018 (5:00 PM EST).

Alumni Grants for Graduate Research and Scholarship

The Graduate School’s Alumni Grants for Graduate Research and Scholarship (AGGRS) Program provides small grants up to $5,000 to support the research and scholarship of doctoral or terminal master’s degree candidates for their dissertations or theses.

Most grants will be made at the $2,000 or $3,000 level. Only a small number of awards will be made at the $5,000 level.

The competition is help twice each year, during autumn and spring semesters. While eligibility is tied to financial need, awards are made on the merit of the proposal, which must be for work that is essential to the dissertation or thesis.

Autumn Deadline: October 16, 2017 by 5:00pm

Check out for more information and for the application.

OPRE Grant

The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has recently published a discretionary research funding announcement titled Family Strengthening Scholars. If you have questions regarding this grant announcement, please email the OPRE grant review team at or call 1-877-350-5913.

Family Strengthening Scholars

OPRE intends to award up to three grants to support dissertation research on healthy marriage policy issues. These grants are meant to build capacity in the research field to focus on questions that have direct implications for the healthy marriage field, and to foster mentoring relationships between faculty members and high-quality doctoral students. These grants are intended to address issues of significance to inform policy decisions and solutions, particularly for underserved/understudied populations (e.g. low-income families, minority populations), use rigorous research methodology (both primary data collection and secondary data analysis), and help inform the development of future intervention research.

Applicants may apply for project periods up to 24 months with two 12-month budget periods. Up to $25,000 may be awarded for each budget period. Letters of intent are due by June 26, 2017 and applications are due by July 14, 2017.

President’s Prize

Graduating next year? Apply for the $100,000 President’s Prize!

If you are graduating in Fall 2017, Spring or Summer 2018, you are eligible for the President’s Prize- a $50,000 living stipened and up to $50,000 in project expenses for the year after you graduate. Two prizes are awarded annually. Recipients are chosen for the boldness of their ideas, their capacity to champion change and their commitment to the global community.

There will be only one more virtual information session about the 2018 President’s Prize this month: Thursday June 29th at noon. RSVP online here.

Applications are due on July 14th.

If you have any questions, please email

RA Position- Center for the Study of Student Life

The Center for the Study of Student Life anticipates hiring a Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) for the 2017-2018 academic year. The GRA will report to a Research Associate. Examples of major projects for the 2017-2018 academic year include but are not limited to either implementing or analyzing data from the following studies:

  • College Prescription Drug Study– The CPDS is a multi-institutional study of prescription drug misuse among college students at up 25 institutions across the country. Tasks include recruiting institutions to participate, troubleshooting survey administrative issues with institutions via phone and email, preparing samples, completing IRB application, administering survey, cleaning and coding data, analyzing data and preparing reports.
  • Student Life Survey– Survey of Ohio State undergraduate and graduate students on involvement in co-curricular activities, experiences at Ohio State and other topics determined by relevant annual trends.
  • Wellness Assessment– Survey of Ohio State undergraduate and graduate students on the interrelationship between the nine dimensions of wellness (

The GSR will perform the following duties:

  • Coordinate and perform quantitative analysis, reporting and distribution of new and existing research projects
  • Prepare report and presentations
  • Write and implement surveys
  • Prepare Institutional Review Board applications and amendments
  • Develop manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Participate in staff meetings and retreats
  • Complete ad hoc requests as assigned


  • Enrolled in a Master’s or PhD program in education, the social sciences, public health or a related field
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis, including multivariate regression, and social science research methods
  • Experience using SPSS and/or STATA
  • Management, including cleaning and coding of large datasets
  • Strong writing skills


  • Experience writing surveys and with survey software, such as Qualtrics
  • Experience writing protocols for the Institutional Review Board
  • Demonstrated experience publishing and/or presenting  research
  • Knowledge of higher education and/or student development theories

Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Review of applications will bein on April 15, 2017. Please submit a cover letter, curricula vita/resume, a writing sample (preferably including an empirical analysis) and a list of three professional references.

Applications may be submitted via email to:
Dr. Anne McDaniel
Interim Executive Director
Center for the Study of Student Life