Early Career Opportunities

Metacognition and Self-Regulation in Programming Education: Theories and Exemplars of Use |

Dastyni Loksa, Lauren Margulieux (CAREER Awardee) Brett A. Becker, Michelle Craig, Paul Denny, Raymond Pettit, and James Prather published this ACM Transactions on Computing Education article.

NORC at the University of Chicago Diversity, Racial Equity, and Inclusion Scholars Program | Open until 2022-06-21

NORC at the University of Chicago leads a Diversity, Racial Equity, and Inclusion (DREI) Scholars Program, an opportunity for early career scholars to engage in critical research under the supervision of NORC expert staff, build skills, and participate in a robust mentoring and career networking program. The program advances the skills of emerging research scientists, data scientists, statisticians, and methodologists pursuing research on diversity, disparities, equity, and inclusion and expands the pipeline of historically underrepresented populations pursuing social science research.

Applications are due by midnight CT on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

William T. Grant Foundation Early-Career Reviewer Program | Open until 2022-07-27

The early-career reviewer program recruits early-career researchers to serve as peer-reviewers of grant proposals submitted to the William T. Grant Foundation for studies on improving the use of research evidence. Apart from reading and evaluating grant proposals in their area of expertise, early-career reviewers receive personalized feedback from Foundation program officers and have access to additional reviews of assigned proposals prepared by senior peer-reviewers. Altogether, this professional development program aims to build early-career researchers’ understanding of the proposal evaluation and peer-review process for research grants in order to strengthen their own proposal writing skills and ultimately advance their careers.

Applications for the 2022 cohort are open from June 15 to July 27, 2022.

ARIS Center Fellowship Program 2022 | Open until 2021-09-30

ARIS fellowship proposals are now being accepted. The ARIS fellows program is for professionals, researchers, faculty, educators, graduate students, and others working to advance research impact practice. The goal of the program is to increase the quality and availability of scholarship and resources about research impacts through projects that: 1) synthesize existing scholarly work to package evidence into easily applied and digestible tools for the research community to improve research-impacts design and practice; and/or 2) small-scale innovative scholarship that explores new horizons and advances knowledge about research impact practices.

Mentorship & Collaboration in Quantitative Research: The NSF Quantitative Research Methods Scholars Program Workshop Webinar | Open until 2021-03-17

The AERA-ICPSR PEERS Data Hub will hold a workshop on “Mentorship & Collaboration in Quantitative Research: The NSF Quantitative Research Methods Scholars Program.” The workshop, offered at no cost, is the third in a series of webinars offered through the PEERS Data Hub that will focus on STEM research methods. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 1:00 pm–4:00 pm ET.

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Scholarship for Education Research | Open until 2021-03-29

This Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) will begin accepting applications for the Scholarship for Education Research the week of February 15, 2021. The scholarship is a waiver of Program Scholar (non-credit) fees for students to attend one or both of the four-week sessions in the ICPSR Summer Program. Applicants to this scholarship must be interested in acquiring quantitative skills in order to execute empirical (i.e., data-based) research within education or an education-related field.

Applications open for the NSF Quantitative Research Methods for STEM Education Scholars Program | Open until 2021-04-15

The NSF Quantitative Research Methods for STEM Education Scholars Program pairs early-career education researchers (postdocs and pre-tenure faculty) with quantitative mentors to help researchers develop their skills in design, measurement, and analysis. The program offers a year-long training that includes an initial intensive one-week Summer Institute on fundamental quantitative methodology, on-going live-stream (or in-person) workshops, and access to quantitative expertise through ongoing interaction with the assigned mentor. The institute and the subsequent workshops will focus specifically on the data analysis skills, measurement issues, and design principles most applicable to STEM Education researchers.

Applications due April 15, 2021.

NSF Methods Training Institute for STEM Education Research | Ongoing

This training will focus on methodological challenges that arise in studies that aim to improve STEM education, with a particular focus on understanding the sources of unequal access to STEM learning opportunities and evaluating strategies for transforming STEM education to advance equity and inclusion. Fellows will participate in a three-year training program with continuous methodological support in research planning, data analysis, and publication. A diverse cohort of 22 NSF Fellows of STEM Education Research will be selected for this opportunity among early- and mid-career scholars, especially those under-represented in STEM. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents and must have obtained a PhD or EdD degree by the end of May 2021.

NSF CAREER Proposal Deadline Extended | Open until 2020-08-11

The deadline for CAREER proposals has been extended. Proposals are strongly encouraged before the original deadline of July 27, 2020 but will be accepted until August 11, 2020.

Webinar: Information for EHR CAREER Proposers | Open until 2020-06-02

NSF program directors will hold two informational webinars for EHR CAREER proposers to learn about specific issues related to the submission of a CAREER proposal to the EHR Directorate and to be able to ask questions. Webinars will take place May 26, 2020 at 2 pm EDT and June 2, 2020 at 10 am EDT.

Register in advance for this webinar: https://nsf.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_TYSLgWSyRauI1P8NEfftLg. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

NSF CAREER Program Webinar | Open until 2020-05-13

The NSF CAREER Program Webinar will take place Wednesday, May 13, 2020, starting at 2:00pm ET. This webinar will provide information on the NSF Faculty Early Career Development program (CAREER) solicitation NSF 20-525. It will include a briefing on the CAREER program and key solicitation requirements followed by a question and answer session. Participants are encouraged to submit questions before the webinar using the email careerwebinarqs@nsf.gov. Questions will be taken during the webinar as well.

Register in advance for this webinar at https://nsf.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_64qt_7leSUqXLwr4oJrgRQ. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Spring 2020 Job Openings | Until filled

Several universities and organizations are hiring for postdoc, junior faculty, and non-academic positions in STEM education, including: Boston College; BSCS Science Learning; Edfinity; Northern Illinois University; University of California, Irvine; University of Texas at Austin; Utah State University; University of Washington; and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Research Grants on Education: COVID-19 Related Special Grant Cycle | Open until 2020-06-08

The Spencer Foundation is accepting grant proposals for COVID-19 related research grants to support education research projects that will contribute to understanding the rapid shifts in education in this time of crisis and change. They are especially interested in supporting two primary categories of projects: 1) studies that aim to understand and disrupt the reproduction and deepening of educational inequality caused by the COVID-19 crisis, and 2) research projects that are working to reimagine educational opportunities and new forms of equitable education in these times. Note: PIs and Co-PIs on proposed projects must have their doctorate. Full proposal rolling deadlines: May 4, May 18, June 8.

2021 AERA Annual Meeting Volunteer Reviewer System Open | Open until 2020-05-12

AERA is seeking volunteers to serve as peer reviewers for the 2021 Annual Meeting. Graduate students and other early career researchers are invited to apply.

NSF Grants Conference - Minneapolis, MN | Until filled

Registration for NSF Grants Conference in Minneapolis, MN, will open March 17, 2020 at 12:00pm EST. The conference is scheduled for May 18-19, 2020.

Apply for the 2020 CADRE Postdoc Professional Growth Opportunity | Open until 2020-02-21

CADRE is inviting 5 postdoctoral researchers who work in the field of STEM education research to participate in the CADRE Postdoc Professional Growth Opportunity. Selected postdocs will have the opportunity to network with other early career researchers, engage in informal mentoring with more experienced researchers, participate in capacity-building webinars on funding their research agenda, and attend the 2020 DRK-12 PI Meeting in Washington, D.C. During the PI meeting, postdocs will participate in topical sessions (see the 2018 PI Meeting agenda for examples of past sessions), network with and/or be mentored by current DRK-12 awardees (optional), and meet NSF program directors. CADRE will cover the expense of approved travel and lodging for each accepted postdoc (up to $1000 per postdoc). CADRE will also offer activities specifically designed for postdocs to learn about NSF proposal development (including a mock proposal review), explore career pathways, and network with other early career STEM education researchers.

Calendar of Activities

  • April 2020: Introductory Webinar
    Virtual Meeting | Postdocs introduce themselves and their research, learn about CADRE, and discuss expectations for the Postdoc Professional Growth Opportunity.
  • May 2020: Applying for Grant Funding Webinar
    Virtual Meeting | Postdocs join the CADRE Fellows and grant-funded researchers to discuss funding opportunities, how to fund your research agenda, and how proposal development varies with each funder.
  • June 3-5, 2020: DRK-12 PI Meeting
    In-Person Meeting | Postdocs attend the PI Meeting in Washington, D.C., network with awardees, and participate in sessions including a mock proposal review. Postdocs are expected to fully participate in all early career activities and events at the meeting and to contribute to knowledge sharing related to the PI Meeting through one of the following activities: 
    • Informally mentor a CADRE Fellow during or within a month of the PI Meeting (possible topics include looking for postdoc positions and dissertation writing);
    • Write a blog offering their perspective on a PI Meeting session or theme for potential inclusion in the July CADRE Newsletter; or
    • Live Tweet during the PI Meeting to disseminate knowledge and resources shared at the meeting with other STEM education stakeholders. 
  • June 2020: DRK-12 Proposal Development Webinar
    Virtual Meeting | Postdocs and CADRE Fellows draw on their experience from the initial funding webinar and the mock proposal review to discuss the development of a DRK-12 project from conception to proposal writing with the principal investigator.
  • June/July 2020: Postdoc Debrief/Wrap-Up Webinar
    Virtual Meeting | Postdocs discuss their experiences in the program. Postdocs are also expected to complete an evaluation survey.


Applicants must:

  1. Be a postdoc at an academic institution (or hold a similar position at a non-academic education research organization).
  2. Be nominated by a PI or Co-PI of an active DRK-12 project. (Note: The PI or Co-PI does not have to be in attendance at the PI Meeting.)
  3. Have research experience in education and exhibit evidence of leadership.
  4. Demonstrate the desire and potential for advancing the field of STEM education.
  5. Have professional experience and career goals that contribute to broadening participation in STEM education.
  6. Have the capacity and commitment to fully engage in the activities outlined in the Calendar of Activities above.

CADRE aims to establish a cohort of 5 postdocs that represent diverse backgrounds, experience, interests, professional goals, institutions, and geographic regions. Special consideration will be given to applicants from awardees and institutions that have not previously had a CADRE Postdoc and who have not had similar professional development opportunities. Please note that we will accept only one postdoc nomination per PI/Co-PI.


Application materials include an application form, personal statement, CV or resume, and a letter of recommendation from the nominating DRK-12 PI or Co-PI. Applications are due by 5:00 PM EST on Friday, February 21, 2020.

Please direct any questions to cadre@edc.org.

Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Solicitation & PECASE | Open until 2020-07-27

The deadline for CAREER proposals is July 27, 2020. Read the solicitation, which includes a description of the NSF Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

Learn more about the CAREER program.

Fall 2019 Job Openings | Until filled

Several universities are hiring for postdoc, junior faculty, and non-faculty positions in STEM education deparments, including: University of California, Irvine; Simon Fraser University; Drexel University; New York University; Southern Methodist University; University of Arizona; University of Connecticut; University of Georgia; University of Texas at Austin; University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Utah State University.

Now accepting applications for the 2019-20 Fellows program | Open until 2019-09-18

CADRE is now accepting applications for the 2019-20 Fellows program! Learn more at: http://cadrek12.org/cadre-fellows.

Become a 2019 Research + Practice Fellow! | Open until 2019-06-03

As a Research + Practice Fellow, you will receive up to $2000 to attend the #InclusiveSciComm symposium. During the conference, as part of the fellowship, you will be teamed up with 2-3 other Fellows and meet as a group with a Collaboratory mentor to discuss your thoughts and experiences while attending the event. All researchers are welcome to apply. Preference will be given to doctoral students and early career scholars, particularly those from communities historically marginalized from STEM, on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, and dis/ability.

Applications due Monday, June 3, 2019.

Dear Colleague Letter: Research Opportunities in Europe for NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellows | Open until 2019-06-21

This letter invites current NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellows to apply for research visits to any identified, appropriate European research group. Connecting researchers with complementary strengths and shared interests promotes scientific progress in solving some of the world's most vexing problems. This international research opportunity is mutually beneficial to the U.S. participants and the hosts through cooperative activities during research visits and establishing international research partnerships to enrich future research activities in the U.S. and Europe.

Dear Colleague Letter: Research Opportunities in Europe for NSF CAREER Awardees | Open until 2019-06-21

This letter invites current CAREER awardees to apply for research visits to any identified, appropriate European research group. Connecting researchers with complementary strengths and shared interests promotes scientific progress in solving some of the world's most vexing problems. This international research opportunity is mutually beneficial to the U.S. participants and their hosts through cooperative activities during research visits and establishing international research partnerships to enrich future research activities in the U.S. and Europe.

New NSF Solicitation: Building Capacity in STEM Education Research | Open until 2019-06-07

ECR’s Building Capacity for STEM Education Research (ECR: BCSER) solicitation supports projects that build individuals’ capacity to carry out high quality STEM education research that will enhance the nation’s STEM education enterprise and broaden the pool of researchers that can conduct fundamental research in STEM learning and learning environments, broadening participation in STEM fields, and STEM workforce development. Specifically, ECR: BCSER supports activities that enable early and mid-career researchers to acquire the requisite expertise and skills to conduct rigorous fundamental research in STEM education. ECR: BCSER seeks to fund research career development activities on topics that are relevant to qualitative and quantitative research methods and design, including the collection and analysis of new qualitative or quantitative data, secondary analyses using extant datasets, or meta-analyses. This career development may be accomplished through investigator-initiated projects or through professional development institutes that enable researchers to integrate methodological strategies with theoretical and practical substantive issues in STEM education. Early and mid-career faculty new to STEM education research, particularly underrepresented minority faculty and faculty at minority-serving and two-year institutions, are encouraged to submit proposals.

Postdoctoral Research Associate | Open until 2019-03-10

Researchers at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education are hiring a postdoctoral research associate for the Joan Herman and Richard Rasiej Mathematics Initiative.

IES What Works Clearninghouse Certified Reviewer | Ongoing

Become an IES What Works Clearninghouse Certified Reviewer through their online training program.

AERA Job Board | Ongoing

Postdoctoral and graduate fellowships now included on the AERA Job Board.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) | Ongoing

NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in STEM or in STEM education.

Institute for Broadening Participation's (IBP) Pathways to Science | Ongoing

Search the Institute for Broadening Participation's (IBP) Pathways to Science for potential graduate student programs and fellowships.

Minority Postdoc | Ongoing

This web portal on the minority postdoctoral experience features jobs, news, articles, resources, and events about jobs, career advice, professional development, funding, fellowships, mentoring, and diversity issues.

Postdoc Jobs | Ongoing

An online service dedicated to postdoc recruitment.

Find a Postdoc | Ongoing

A directory of PostDoc and PhD Jobs.

IES Pathways to the Education Sciences Research Training Program | Ongoing

The IES Pathways to the Education Sciences Research Training Program aims to broaden the participation of underrepresented groups in the scientific community by providing an introduction to education research and scientific methods, meaningful opportunities to participate in education research studies, professional development, and mentoring that lead to doctoral study. Find funded programs that support Pathways Fellows.

Federal opportunities for graduate students | Ongoing

A gateway to browse through federal oportunities for graduate students.