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Transformational Scholars Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

The Education Policy Initiative at Carolina (EPIC) at UNC-CH (Department of) Public Policy is
working to create a sustained pipeline of transformational scholars in the field of education
policy. EPIC is an interdisciplinary team that conducts rigorous research and evaluation to
inform education policy and practice. We produce evidence to guide data-driven decision-
making using qualitative and quantitative methodologies tailored to relevant stakeholders. Our
findings are used by national, state, and local policy makers; K12 administrators; leadership at
institutions of higher education; and program implementers to strengthen the growing body of
research on what works, in which contexts, and why. Our work is ultimately driven by a vision of
high quality and equitable education for all students.
We are seeking one transformational fellow who will join EPIC for a two-year pre-fellowship
focused on educational research and evaluation. The transformational fellow should be a
doctoral student pursuing their PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The
purpose of the transformational fellowship is to support doctoral students through the provision
of tuition and stipend, mentorship, and substantive opportunities to engage in educational policy
research and evaluation. While the opportunity is made available to all eligible students,
particular attention will be given to enhancing the social, economic, and cultural diversity of
doctoral students at the University.
We are committed to providing transformational fellows with substantive support and
professional opportunities. As such, ESOC fellows will be mentored by EPIC researchers and
will have the opportunity to build qualitative and/or quantitative research skills. In order to foster
a rich and professionally useful experience, the following components are included in this

  • Funding, including a stipend and in-state tuition support
  • Mentoring, including focused and scaffolded attention to offering substantive
    opportunities to develop qualitative and quantitative research skills
  • Substantive research experiences including data collection, analysis, and professional

There is one project currently seeking a transformational fellow with expertise or interest in
qualitative methods, who will commence their work with EPIC in the 2022-2023 academic year.
Fellows will work on up to two research projects during their tenure at EPIC, and will devote 20
hours/week to their work. Responsibilities and opportunities include: protocol and codebook
development, conducting interviews, qualitative analysis/coding, processing administrative data,
quantitative modeling and analyses, grant and manuscript writing, and professional presenting

Scholars should submit the following to be considered for the inaugural ESOC fellowship:

  • Cover letter, detailing scholarly interests and area(s) of expertise
  • CV
  • Names and contact information of three references
  • Equity statement detailing: how you might help us achieve our objective of increasing the
    diversity of the field/academy/College and, the activities and initiatives you have
    participated in that demonstrate your commitment to increasing diversity in all of its

Please send these documents to Dr. Danielle Allen.

We will review applications on a rolling basis, however, for best consideration please
submit your application by September 1, 2022