CADRE Fellows Application

We are now accepting applications for the 2017-18 CADRE Fellows program. Applications are due by 5:00 P.M. EST on September 25, 2017. CADRE will announce the new cohort of Fellows on October 6, 2017.

Application materials include: online application, personal statement, resume or CV, and a letter of recommendation for the nominating PI or co-PI, all of which can be submitted through this form.

Applicants should:

  1. Be a doctoral student or other early career professional at either an academic or non-academic institution. In very special cases, we will consider post-doctoral students.
  2. Work on an active DR K-12 project, with at least one year of experience on the project, and be nominated by their PI or co-PI.
  3. Have research experience in education and exhibit evidence of leadership and academic success.
  4. Demonstrate the desire and potential for advancing STEM education in meaningful ways.
  5. Be able to commit to and contribute to the Fellows program.

Our priority is to accept a diverse group of Fellows representing a diverse group of projects. Special consideration will be given to projects, awardees, and institutions that have not previously had a CADRE Fellow. Please note that we will accept only one nomination per project per year.

The CADRE Fellows program is a competitive fellowship designed to be a capacity-building experience for early career researchers. Fellows learn about DR K-12 research beyond their projects, and network with researchers from across the country. They also gain insights into the NSF and what it takes to be successful, effective researchers in the field of STEM education. Learn more at:

Please email with any questions.

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Each applicant must submit a personal statement. The personal statement is your opportunity to help reviewers better understand your academic and career objectives, research interests, and your potential to contribute to the field of STEM education research and development. Topic: The personal statement should include a description of your career pathway that led you to your current position, an explanation of your research interests, including their relation to your academic and professional goals, as well as your reasons for applying to the CADRE Fellowship. Length and Format: The statement should be two or three pages in length, and no more than 750 words. Please use a standard font and font size for ease of reading and include your name at the top of each page.
If you have your letter of recommendation, you can upload it below. Alternatively, send your PI/co-PI the following link to upload the letter of recommendation: We also accept email submissions at