American Educator Panels Scholarship

The American Educator Panels (AEP) Scholarship was established to promote AEP data use among a diverse group of scholars. In 2020–2021, RAND awarded scholarships to 20 graduate students and early-career researchers from underrepresented groups (e.g., Black or African American, Latinx, or American Indian students; first-generation college students) and from under-resourced institutions who may otherwise not have been able to access and analyze AEP data.

Meet the 2020–21 AEP Scholarship Cohort

AEP Scholarship Details

Scholarship Award

$5,000

Application Deadline

The last application deadline was November 16, 2020. Future rounds may be opened pending availability.

Who Should Apply?

Early-career scholars, current graduate students enrolled in a doctoral, professional, or master’s degree programs at U.S.-based colleges or universities, or people awarded one of these degrees within seven years who also fit at least one of the following criteria:

  • From underrepresented groups in higher education (e.g., Black or African American, Latinx, or American Indian students; first-generation college students)
  • From under-resourced institutions that may be unable to provide the support needed to access and analyze the data
  • From minority-serving institutions

Please note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, you must be on a student visa in order to receive this scholarship.

Scholarship Recipient Responsibilities

  • Recipients must provide evidence of their organization’s IRB approval in order to conduct research with AEP data.
  • Recipients must complete a Data User Agreement before receiving the data.
  • Recipients will engage in multiple activities throughout the year of award to ensure progress and success. At a minimum, recipients will attend a virtual orientation, submit a research plan for their project, attend virtual check-in meetings with RAND, and present their research at a virtual final convening of scholarship recipients.

Award Selection and Payment 

RAND will review applications to determine eligibility and completeness. A group of RAND education researchers and AEP team members will review qualifying applications to select recipients. All applicants will receive email notice of their application status.