Pre-Doctoral State Policy Fellowship Opportunity
SRCD is pleased to announce that it will be sponsoring a Pre-doctoral State Policy Fellowship in Early Learning in the 2018-2019 academic year (from September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2019). SRCD will be supporting up to four part-time Pre-doctoral State Policy Fellows with placements in state executive branch offices that work on state pre-kindergarten programs. SRCD will be seeking candidates with interest in early education.
Goals of the Pre-doctoral State Policy Fellowship
The Pre-doctoral State Policy Fellowship aims to provide participants with firsthand experience in state policymaking, program implementation, and evaluation, while also providing state executive branch agencies greater access to child development research expertise. Fellows can be involved in bridging research and policy through a variety of responsibilities. Depending on the specific placement, responsibilities might involve, for example, helping to inform the design of a new state pre-kindergarten program or working to strengthen an existing program; assisting in the planning or implementation of policy initiatives to improve quality; or assisting in the design, conduct, or analysis of a program evaluation.
The intent is for fellows to be supported and guided by both a placement supervisor within the executive branch agency, as well as an academic mentor at their home institution. SRCD expects the Pre-doctoral State Policy Fellowship in Early Learning to provide both the fellows and academic mentors opportunities to gain further experience and insights into the ways in which research and child development expertise can be used to inform policymaking in state executive branch agencies.