Deadline: Early October
Eligibility: Applicants can be a doctoral candidate in any field, as long as their dissertation topic centrally relates to education and shows promise of contributing to the understanding of the history, theory, or practice of education. Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply as long as they are a candidate for a doctoral degree at a graduate school in the United States.
Description: The NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $27,500 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world. Fellows will also attend professional development retreats and receive mentorship from NAEd members and other senior scholars in their field. This highly competitive program aims to identify the most talented emerging researchers conducting dissertation research related to education. The Dissertation Fellowship program receives many more applications than it can fund.