The highly competitive Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage young scholars from a wide range of disciplines to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. Awarding 20 fellowships from approximately 600 applications, the program aims to identify the most talented researchers conducting dissertation research related to education. The $25,000 fellowships support young scholars whose dissertations show promise for bringing original perspectives to the history, theory or practice of education, according to the Spencer Foundation.
Travis Bristol, who received his master’s degree from the Stanford Teacher Education Program in 2004, also received a 2013-14 NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship. He is currently a PhD candidate at Teachers College Columbia University and serves as a clinical teacher educator with the Boston Teacher Residency Program. His dissertation, Men of the Classroom, explores how organizational conditions, characteristics and dynamics in schools affect the recruitment, experiences and retention of black male teachers.
NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship
are given each year to students undertaking dissertation research relevant to the improvement of education. The program identifies researchers whose dissertations show potential for bringing new perspectives to the history, theory or practice of education anywhere in the world. Fellows receive $25,000, and are invited to professional development retreats with members of the National Academy of Education, the Spencer Foundation and other senior scholars. Out of over 400 applicants, just about five percent were offered NAEd/Spencer dissertation fellowships this year, according to Susan R. Goldman, chair of the fellowship selection committee.