Minority Fellowship Program in Educational Research

This is an annual award to enhance the competitiveness of outstanding minority scholars for academic appointments at major research universities by supporting them conducting research and by providing mentoring and guidance towards completion of their doctoral studies.

Sponsor: American Educational Research Association (AERA)


In 1991, the Council of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) established the AERA Minority Fellowship Program to provide support for doctoral dissertation research. This program offers doctoral fellowships to enhance the competitiveness of outstanding minority scholars for academic appointments at major research universities. It supports fellows conducting education research and provides mentoring and guidance toward the completion of their doctoral studies. AERA will award up to three doctoral fellowships every year. Each fellowship award is for 1 year, beginning July 1 or later, and is nonrenewable. Fellowships are awarded for doctoral dissertation research conducted under faculty sponsorship in any accredited university in the United States. Fellows will receive a 1-year stipend of $12,000 and up to $1,000 in travel support to attend the AERA Annual Meeting. Fellowships may be supplemented by university or department awards and tuition waivers. Such supplements are encouraged.


This program is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Fellows will be required to provide proof of advancement to candidacy at the beginning of the grant period. At the time of application submission, the dissertation advisor will attest to the proposal constituting research for the doctoral degree. Applicants must work full-time on their dissertations and course requirements. This program is targeted for members of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in higher education (e.g., African Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Asian Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders).

How to Apply

Letters of recommendation and transcripts must be sent to: AERA Minority Fellows in Education Research, American Educational Research Association, 1430 K Street, NW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20005. Late applications will not be accepted. For application information, please see or contact AERA at fellowships@aera.net