The National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports up to 30 early career scholars working in critical areas of education research. These $70,000 fellowships support non-residential postdoctoral proposals that make significant scholarly contributions to the field of education. The program also develops the careers of its recipients through professional development activities involving National Academy of Education members.

Applications are reviewed by NAEd members and are judged on the applicant’s past research record, career trajectory, and the quality of the project described in the application.


  • Applicants must have received their PhD, EdD, or equivalent research degree
  • Applicants may not hold tenure status at the time of the application deadline.
  • Applications must be made by the individual applying for the fellowship. Group applications will not be accepted.
  • The proposed project must be a research project.
  • Applicants may not be employees of the Spencer Foundation or the National Academy of Education.
  • This is a non-residential fellowship, and international applicants are encouraged.

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