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MITTENSS Fellowship

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The Michigan State Interdisciplinary Training in Education and Social Science (MITTENSS) Fellowship provides doctoral students with specialized training focused on applying social science knowledge and methods to research on education policy and implementation. Scholars who complete the fellowship will be uniquely prepared to help shape decisions affecting students and schools across the nation.

Resources & support

Institute of Education Sciences

MITTENSS Fellows who are newly-admitted to the program in 2021-2022 will receive generous financial benefits and additional resources, including:

  • Two years of stipend funding of $34,000, tuition and health coverage, and $2,000 in research and travel guaranteed, with a possibility of a third year subject to the availability of grant funds.
  • Working with a core faculty member as a research assistant.
  • A one-year apprenticeship with a policy making agency. Partners include the Michigan Department of Education, the Detroit Public Schools Community District, MSU’s Institutional Research Division in the Office of Planning and Budget, and the MSU Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education’s office.
  • Engagement with cutting-edge educational research and conversations with leading education policymakers through seminars, speaker events, and summer research workshops.

The fellowship is supported by the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education, and administered by the Education Policy Innovation Collaborative, or EPIC, in the MSU College of Education. Funding for the fellowship is expected to end in 2025.

Fellows must be admitted into a doctoral program at MSU before being eligible for the MITTENSS Fellowship. Learn more.

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MITTENS Fellowship
620 Farm Lane, Room 236 Erickson Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034