MDRC Doctoral Fellowship

MDRC is recruiting for a doctoral fellow to join us in the fall. Please help to spread the word to students in your network.

As part of its Gueron Minority Scholars Program, MDRC will offer one doctoral fellowship in fall 2017 to a Ph.D. candidate who is pursuing independent, self-directed research on economic and social problems affecting low-income Americans. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for graduate students to gain exposure to social policy research, understand employment options beyond the academic and public sectors, and get the advice and support of MDRC’s staff in completing their dissertations. The Gueron Minority Scholars program seeks to engage and encourage individuals from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the education and social policy research communities.

Dedicated to learning what works to improve the well-being of low-income families, MDRC has created this special financial assistance program for students enrolled in doctoral programs in economics, psychology, sociology, child development, child welfare, family relations, criminal justice, education, public policy, or related fields.

The fellow could work in either MDRC’s Oakland, CA, or New York City offices. The fellowship is expected to begin in early fall and last for approximately two months, though there is some flexibility in the timing. The recipient will work on his or her doctoral dissertation on topics of mutual interest — and will participate in the intellectual life of MDRC by attending seminars and project meetings and by working with key MDRC research staff. Our project work is conducted in five policy areas: Family Well-Being and Child Development, K-12 Education, Young Adults and Postsecondary Education, Low-Wage Workers and Communities, and Health and Barriers to Employment. The fellow will also be expected to give a presentation of his or her research.

A stipend and office space will be provided to the fellow.

Additional details can be found at

Applications are due August 31, 2017.

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