SRCD Pre-Doctoral State Policy Fellowship

For the 2019-2020 academic year (from September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020) SRCD will be awarding four part-time SRCD Pre-doctoral State Policy Fellowships with placements in state executive branch offices that work on state pre-kindergarten programs. SRCD will be seeking candidates with a strong interest in early education.

Goals of the SRCD Pre-doctoral State Policy Fellowship

The SRCD 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 SRCD Pre-doctoral State Policy Fellowship 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.

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