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We regret to announce that the Research and Planning Division will not be hiring any Urban Education Research Fellows for the 2009-10 school year.
Description of the Fellowship
The Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second largest, established the Urban Education Research Fellows Program to support the development of promising urban education researchers. The educational research unit of LAUSD–Research and Evaluation–will provide up to two candidates with professional development and financial support. Applicants must be graduate students at accredited universities.

Research and Evaluation established the Urban Education Research Fellows Program to provide extensive professional development and financial support for selected graduate student-researchers who have a commitment to urban education. Designed to increase the diversity of the Branch's research staff, the program prepares professionals to make significant contributions to urban education and educational research.

In addition to training and experience in educational research, Fellows receive financial support in the form of full tuition reimbursement and half-time employment with a professional-level salary. Upon graduation, each Fellow will be expected to work for the district in a full-time capacity for a minimum of three years. The fellowship program provides an excellent opportunity for currently enrolled graduate students to develop as educational research professionals while receiving financial support. Fellows obtain practical training from experienced researchers and work on projects related to school reform, curriculum initiatives, and teaching practice. Fellows also have access to districtwide data and learn about the operational aspects of a major urban school system.

Research Fellows receive:
  • full tuition reimbursement
  • half-time employment with a professional-level salary
  • training in research and evaluation methods
  • research and evaluation experience
Upon completion of graduate degree program, the Fellow will graduate to a full-time professional position. Each Fellow will be required to work for the District in a full-time capacity for three years. This transition is contingent upon meeting all employment requirements.

Fellowships begin in September and continue through the length of the fellows’ graduate program. The recipient must reside in or be willing to relocate to the metropolitan Los Angeles area and commit to working on-site for the duration of the fellowship at the Research and Evaluation office in downtown Los Angeles.

Qualifications
Potential Fellows must be enrolled in a research-focused graduate program in education, social or behavioral science, or human development at an accredited university. The ideal candidate’s research would directly relate to K-12 educational issues (e.g., policy, curriculum, evaluation, research methodology, educational psychology). Before beginning the fellowship, candidates must have completed at least two graduate courses in qualitative research methods, quantitative research methods, and/or program evaluation. Their coursework, class projects, and/or work experiences should exhibit evidence of a commitment to education in urban settings. Finally, potential Fellows must be able to represent the perspectives and experiences of urban residents and one or more historically underrepresented populations.

Fellowship FAQs
Still have questions about the fellowship? Before contacting anyone, we might have your answer right here. View a list of FAQs about the fellowship .

Contact for more information: Eric Barela, Committee Chair.