Call for Research Proposals from AERA Division D Graduate Students

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Division D of the American Educational Research Association is redirecting funds that were budgeted for our place-based annual meetings to fund research projects from members who are graduate students or early career scholars (defined as someone who is 1 – 5 years post-graduation). 

Grants of up to $5,000 are available for doctoral students and early career scholars whose research is focused on:

  • Methodological issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, OR 
  • Methodological issues caused by our current Covid-19 pandemic.

Recipients of these awards will be invited to present their work in a poster session at the 2022 Annual Meeting.

Proposals need to include the following information:

  1. cover page with the applicant’s contact information, year in program (for doctoral students) or graduation date (for early career scholars) proposal title, amount of funding requested, methodological approach (measurement, statistics, qualitative or mixed methodologies), and the start and end dates of the project.
  2. An abstract of your proposed research project (250 words maximum)
  3. brief description of the potential contribution this research will make to the field of research methodologies (250 words maximum)
  4. proposal narrative (limited to 3 single-spaced pages, excluding references) that includes the following:
  • Statement of how this research advances the current state of knowledge in the field, substantively and/or methodologically
  • Theoretical or conceptual framework for the research
  • Brief review of relevant research/policy literature
  • Research questions, hypotheses to be tested
  • Description of methodology
  • Data analysis plan
  • Brief dissemination plan for this research including proposed conferences to present the findings and potential scholarly journals to publish the research
  • Timeline 
  1. budget. The funds can be used for research-related expenses such as tuition, living expenses, books, computer equipment, participant stipends, and other expenses directly related to conducting this research. AERA Division D encourages cost sharing from universities in the form of tuition assistance, office space, university fees, and other expenses. Given the small amount of funds available, institutions cannot charge overhead or indirect costs to administer the grant funds.
  2. Applicant’s CV (limited to 2 pages) that includes: 
  • Research and academic employment history
  • Relevant graduate courses in statistics and methodology
  • Relevant publications and presentations
  • Relevant professional affiliations and/or memberships
  1. Brief dissemination plan for this research including proposed conferences to present the findings and potential scholarly journals to publish the research
  2. letter of support from your advisor (graduate students only) that is sent directly to me from your advisor. This letter of support must include the following:
  • Applicant’s current progress toward the degree
  • Expected date of completion
  • Student’s potential for success in his or her anticipated career path.

Proposals will be evaluated by Division D Executive Committee Members and Program Planning Committee Members on the following criteria:

  • Potential Contribution to the field 
  • Strength of theoretical or conceptual framework for the research
  • Quality of review of relevant research/policy literature
  • Significance of the Research Question
  • Appropriateness of methodological approach 
  • Quality of Data Analysis Plan
  • Timeline
  • Budget

Please note any research involving human subjects needs to have IRB approval prior to AERA awarding the funds and that these awards will be administered through your institution and does not pay indirect fees to institutions.  

Applications should be submitted electronically to Division D Vice President, Cindy M. Walker (, by the due date.  Questions and comments can also be addressed to Dr. Walker, who will be serving as the Program Officer for this Award.  

Proposals are due on December 15, 2020. 

Awards are expected to be announced sometime in January 2021.