Fellowship Program

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The goal of the Research Fellowship Program at the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families (Center) is to attract, develop, and expand the pool of emerging scholars focused on studying issues of relevance to low-income and vulnerable Hispanic children and families. The spring (~March 15 – June 15) or fall (~Sept. 1- Nov. 30) in-person fellowship is a full-time position; fellows will be expected to work 37.5 hours per week for the full 12-week fellowship period. The start and end dates are negotiable. Fellows will be located at either Child Trends or Abt Associates in their Bethesda, MD offices.

Fellows will have applied opportunities to work on research studies and policy-related projects relevant to the Center’s mission of conducting research and providing research-based information to inform programs and policies supporting Hispanic children and families around the three research priority areas. The research fellowship program is open to advanced graduate students (those currently in their third year or higher of a Ph.D. program). We seek emerging scholars who demonstrate a significant interest in conducting research with low-income Hispanic populations, understand the cultural and linguistic diversity among the populations, and are excited about contributing to the development of better tools and resources to produce more rigorous and valid research concerning low-income Hispanic populations. Learn more and submit your application here.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

About the Fellowship

1. What is the goal of the Research Fellowship Program?

The goal of the research fellowship program is to attract, develop, and expand the pool of emerging scholars focused on studying issues of relevance to low-income and vulnerable Hispanic children and families.  We also want to provide advanced graduate students with the opportunity to see how rigorous research is done in a nonacademic environment and in ways that can have an impact on programmatic and policy issues of relevance to Hispanic children and families.

2. Who is eligible for the fellowship?

The research fellowship program is open to Ph.D. students in their 3rd year or more.

3. What is the duration of the fellowship? Are the dates of the fellowship flexible?

The spring (~March 15 – June 15) or fall (~Sept. 1- Nov. 30) in-person fellowship is a full-time position; fellows will be expected to work 37.5 hours per week for the full 12-week fellowship period. Fellows will be located at either Child Trends or Abt Associates in their Bethesda, MD offices.

We recognize that academic schedules vary considerably from one university to another.  As such, the specific dates of the fellowship can be negotiated, as necessary, to match the selected applicants’ academic institution schedule, while still meeting the requirements of the fellowship program.

4. What is expected of me as a fellow?

The research fellows will:

  • Attend an orientation, media training, and regular Center meetings.
  • Work with Center staff on a research project related to the goals of the Center. Fellows will meet with their mentor to develop their work plan, and will then present their proposed work plan to the Steering Committee at the beginning of the fellowship and their findings at the end.
  • Contribute to other capacity building and/or research products or activities that are part of the Center’s work plan.
  • Publish their work as a Research or Policy Brief or other appropriate vehicle, including peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • Submit their work to one or more professional conferences, such as APPAM, CCPRC, SRCD, the Head Start Research Conference, PAA, NCFR or WREC.
  • Write entries for the Hispanic Voices blog.
  • Participate in webinars and research seminars, and work with Center staff on a range on other Center-related projects, including research projects, publications, and social media outreach.
  • Attend relevant legislative briefings and local conferences and meetings.

5. What type of help will be available to me as a fellow?

  • Each fellow will be assigned a supervisor and a mentor. The supervisor will help manage each fellow’s workload and provide any support needed during the course of the fellowship. The mentor will provide substantive support and feedback on research projects and other Center-related work.
  • Fellows will receive feedback on their work from the Center’s Steering Committee.
  • The Center will actively facilitate the fellows’ connections to other emerging scholars (including those from prior cohorts and/or other DC-based fellowship programs), researchers in the field, key organizations, and Federal agencies that may be of interest to the fellows’ longer-term professional development.

6. Where are the fellowships located?

Center research fellowship positions will be located in the Child Trends or Abt Associates offices in Bethesda, Maryland, which are located in the same larger building complex. The offices are a block and a half from the Bethesda Metro station (Red line), providing convenient access to downtown Washington, DC and other nearby areas.

7. Will the Center provide assistance in finding temporary housing and/or transportation for fellows?

Upon request, the Center is able to provide fellows with information about surrounding communities and general housing and transportation options, but cannot assist in the actual procurement of housing or transportation.

8. Will the Center cover housing/transportation (including airfare) costs in addition to the stipend?

The Center cannot currently offer housing/transportation costs in addition to the stipend. Fellows are responsible for their own housing and transportation.

9. Can I complete the fellowship remotely?

No. One of the significant benefits of the research fellowship program is the in-person participation in Center-related research activities as well as the in-person interactions with other summer research fellows and Center staff. The fellows are encouraged to take advantage of the various resources and activities located at Child Trends and Abt Associates. In addition, the DC metro area provides multiple opportunities to meet and interact with other researchers, federal agency staff, and representatives from a network of collaborative partners interested in issues concerning Hispanic children and families.

10. What is the tenure and amount given to Center fellows?

Research fellows will be compensated at an hourly rate up to $8,000 for the program. This translates to approximately 12 weeks full time work for the in-person fellowship.

11. I have other research projects and grants underway. Will it still be possible for me to continue work on them during the fellowship?

The research fellowship program is intended to be a full-time experience for the 12-week period.  Ideally the Center research and projects in which you are involved will support and extend your own research interests. However, full-time fellows will have limited time for outside commitments.

12. Who should apply for a research fellowship?

Advanced graduate students who demonstrate: (1) a significant interest in conducting policy-relevant research with low-income Hispanic populations; (2) an understanding of issues of cultural and linguistic diversity; and (3) an interest in contributing to improving the capacity of the field to produce more rigorous and valid research with low-income Hispanic populations.

13. Can post-docs apply for the fellowship?

The research fellowships are intended for advanced PhD students, but if a post-doc’s work clearly fits within the context of one or more of the 3 priority areas, and he/she meets the other criteria and can fulfill the requirements of the fellowship, then he/she is welcome to apply.

14. Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to apply for the fellowship?

The position does not have citizenship requirements. However, all fellows must be authorized to work in the United States and will be asked to complete USCIS form I-9 on their first day.

15. How do I know if my research is a good fit with the Center?

Please see the description of the Center and the priority areas to determine if your work is a good fit.

16. Who do I contact if I have additional questions about the fellowship?

If you have any questions, please contact recruitment@childtrends.org, referencing the position in the subject line, or Elizabeth Wildsmith at Child Trends (ewildsmith@childtrends.org). No phone calls please.

About the Application

1. What is the submission deadline for applications for the Center research fellowship?

The due date for applications is January 15, 2016 by 5pm ET.

2. What must be included in a complete online application?

Interested applicants are required to submit their applications with the following components through our web application system. The application is now available.

  • Cover letter which includes the applicant’s contact information (e.g., name, address, phone number(s), email address) and information about their graduate institution.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) providing information about educational background, publications, presentations, and any professional or public policy experience related to the work of the Center (4 page maximum).
  • A personal statement (up to two pages) that includes 1) the applicant’s interest in and what they hope to learn from the fellowship experience and 2) why they are interested in research concerning Hispanic children and families.
  • Official or unofficial transcript from current or most recent academic institution.
  • Two letters of recommendation that specifically address the applicant’s educational background, training, and research experience(s) and interests relevant to the work of the Center.

The first four items (cover letter, CV, personal statement, and transcript) must be combined into one .pdf document to be uploaded to the system. Letters of recommendation should be emailed directly to to recruitment@childtrends.org (Attn:  Hispanic Center). Incomplete applications, including those without letters of recommendation, will not be considered.  If you have any issues with the submission process, please email the combined .pdf to recruitment@childtrends.org referencing the position in the subject line. No phone calls please.

3. How should I contact the Center?

If you have any questions please contact Elizabeth Wildsmith at Child Trends (ewildsmith@childtrends.org). No phone calls please.

4. When will applicants be notified about the status of their application and candidacy for an interview?

Applicants will be notified about the status of their application by mid-February 2016.

Past Fellows

2014 Summer Research Fellows

Marta Alvira-Hammond received a B.A. in Spanish Language & Culture, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an M.A. in Sociology from Bowling Green State University. She is currently a fourth-year doctoral student in Sociology at Bowling Green State University, focusing on demography. Prior to pursuing her graduate studies she worked in Madrid, Spain as an English instructor in primary school classes with high concentrations of Latin American immigrant students. Her research focuses on poverty, nativity, family formation, and indicators of health and well-being among Hispanic families and children using national survey data sets such as the Current Population Survey and the National Survey of Children’s Health. Specific research projects include studies of fertility across intersections of race, ethnicity, and nativity and geographic context; poverty, household composition, and food insecurity; effects of adverse childhood experiences on adolescent health and emotional well-being; partner dynamics in gainful economic activity and relationship violence; and explanations for the Mexican-white test score gap among high school students. During her fellowship at the National Research Center for Hispanic Children and Families, Marta used the Survey of Income and Program Participation to examine variation in poverty, use of public assistance, and reported barriers to public assistance among Hispanic families in traditional and emerging Hispanic communities.

Arya Ansari is a fourth year doctoral student in the Human Development and Family Sciences program at The University of Texas at Austin. To date, his research agenda has tried to advance the understanding of the mechanisms by which socio-economic inequalities impact children’s life trajectories and, in turn, identify the ways in which children’s early ecologies—specifically, their home and school experiences—can minimize the gaps in school readiness between low-income children and their more affluent peers. Arya previously worked on projects examining: 1) the utilization and benefits of early education programs for low-income and minority children, 2) the evaluation of the federally funded Head Start program as a two-generation approach to improving parent and child outcomes, 3) the importance of parent engagement in early education programs, 4) the synergy between the home and school contexts in promoting young children’s early school success, and 5) the role of children in shaping their early home and school experiences. As a fellow at the National Research Center for Hispanic Children & Families, Arya spent the summer examining the access and utilization of early education programs for subsidy receiving Latino families living in low-income communities.

Henry Gonzalez received a B.S. in Human Development and B.A. in Psychology from the University of California-Davis, and received a M.S. in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona. As a pre-doctoral fellow of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Henry conducts research on fathers and father involvement, Latino families and children, co-parenting, and family-level instability. He is a member of the National Council on Family Relations, Society for Research in Child Development, and the American Psychological Association. As a fellow at the National Research Center for Hispanic Children & Families, Henry spent the summer conducting a research study using Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study data under the guidance of leading national experts in the areas of fatherhood, Latino families, and public policy. In this study, Henry examined the protective role of father figures, such as grandfathers, uncles, or godfathers (“padrinos”), on the future parenting, coparenting and interparental relationship quality of Latino boys who grew up without an involved biological father in the household. The study’s primary goals were to highlight the role of father involvement for future generations of Latino men and their families, and to identify key family and cultural factors that help promote family resilience by strengthening responsible fatherhood.