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Improving Institutional Research in Postsecondary Educational Institutions

The Association for Institutional Research (AIR), with support from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC), sponsors a grant program titled: Improving Institutional Research in Postsecondary Educational Institutions. The goals of this program are to provide professional development opportunities to doctoral students, institutional researchers, educators, and administrators, and to foster the use of federal databases for institutional research in postsecondary education. The program has seven major components:

•Fellowships for the National Summer Data Policy Institute in the Washington, D.C.area to study the national databases of NCES and NSF;
•Dissertation fellowships for doctoral students;
•Research grants for institutional researchers and faculty;
•A focused grant program supported by the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC);
•Fellowships to attend the Institute on First Year Assessment;
•AIR/NCES Postdoctoral Policy Fellows in Washington; and
•AIR/NCES Fellowships for Graduate Studies.

Research Grants/Dissertation Fellowships - The research grant program provides grants to Principal Investigators (PIs) to conduct research on postsecondary education using the NCES and NSF national databases and, under the NPEC grant program, research using other methods. Funds of up to $40,000 annually are available. Dissertation fellowship proposals are solicited from doctoral students beginning their dissertation work. Fellowships of up to $20,000 to support one year of activity are available. Proposal deadline is January 16, 2008.

National Summer Data Policy Institute Fellowships - The National Summer Data Policy Institute is a one week intensive session held in June in the Washington, D.C. area. Fellows should have at least a working knowledge of statistical methods and be experienced in the use of software packages (i.e., SPSS, SAS). The 2008 Institute will be held June 8-15. The proposal deadline is January 16, 2008.

AIR/NCES Postdoctoral Policy Fellowships in Washington - A project funded by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Postdoctoral Fellow positions will be responsible for undertaking analysis that results in improvements to the quality, comparability, and usefulness of the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

Fellows will be introduced to the Washington higher education policy community through meetings, seminars and conversations. It is expected that Fellows will be advanced graduate students completing dissertations, postdoctoral students, or institutional research professionals.

AIR/NCES Fellowships for Graduate Study - With support from NCES, AIR offers a fellowship program for graduate study leading to a career in institutional research. Current IR professionals are encouraged to apply. Proposal deadline is March 14, 2008.

To submit a proposal, or for additional information about AIR/NCES/NSF/NPEC Grants, the application process, timelines, etc. please visit their website at http://www.airweb.org/?page=818