Become an Education Researcher

Thanks to a significant grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, upper level undergraduates and master’s level students of any major have an opportunity to engage in rigorous, high quality educational research and enter a doctoral level program in a field that conducts educational research.

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The Sacramento State Pathways Training Fellows (PTF) Program will serve 10-15 Fellows per year over a period of four years, utilizing a learning community model. Each PTF cohort will participate in a one-calendar-year training program:

  • Spring – receiving research training and conducting research with Faculty Research Mentors in a weekly or bi-weekly seminar,
  • Summer – serving in a paid, 40-hr per week summer research apprenticeship at a policy and research center, and
  • Fall – continuing to receive mentoring from Faculty Research Mentors, in a weekly or bi-weekly seminar, toward publication, presentation, and application to doctoral study.

Within the research theme, Pathways: Successful Transitions To and Through Higher Education, fellows will study factors that inequitably affect students, especially underrepresented minorities, as they progress through to and through higher education, such as:

  • barriers and supports to educational progress;
  • racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic impacts on students; and
  • policies and legislation affecting student transitions between high school, community college, and the 4-year university.

Fellowship benefits

The fellowship will help students gain subject matter knowledge, and experience using various research methods, communication skills, and valuable information about graduate school and careers.

Financial support for fellows includes a stipend of $5,600 per fellow over the 10-week summer apprenticeship, and a travel stipend of $1,500. Each fellow will also have a budget of $2,750 for meals during their summer research apprenticeships.

Application process

Cohort 1 runs from January 1 to December 31, 2017. To qualify, by Jan. 1, 2017 applicants must have:

  • completed a research methods course to prepare for the specialized education focused research training they will receive
  • a cumulative0 Grade Point Average or above
  • passed the Writing Placement for Juniors (WPJ) or Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement equivalent (for CSU undergraduates only), because of the intensive writing requirements expected of them in the program

Applicants will be required to submit:

  • A written statement of purpose, expressing interest and qualification for program
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of reference
  • Interviews will be conducted with finalists.

The application timeline is:

  • Application Deadline – Oct. 14, 2016
  • Interviews – Nov. 7- 18, 2016
  • Selection –Dec. 1, 2016
  • Cohort 1 runs from January 1, 2017-December 31, 2017

Where to Apply

Interested students may apply to be a fellow at A website with program information will be available soon at Or direct questions to Professor Jana Noel at



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