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ECMC Foundation Postsecondary CTE Research Fellows Program Seeking 10 Applicants for 5th Cohort to Begin in 2023

CTE Fellows

The Postsecondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) Research Fellows Program at NC State, sponsored by ECMC Foundation, is seeking 10 fellows interested in joining the program’s fifth cohort during the 2023-24 academic year. 

The Postsecondary CTE Research Fellows Program is part of a network of six fellowship programs sponsored by ECMC Foundation known as the CTE Leadership Collaborative (LC).  Through grants made to leading organizations and institutions, the LC supports leaders from a range of disciplines and a variety of approaches—known as ECMC Foundation Fellows (Fellows)—dedicated to improving postsecondary CTE.   

During the 2023-24 academic year, the NC State program will sponsor 10 Fellows from universities across the nation. Fellows can be graduate students or postdoctoral researchers from a variety of institutions and academic backgrounds, but preference will be given to research proposals that address postsecondary CTE in terms of improving student success, including equity, learning, completion, transfer and labor market outcomes; use CTE to address larger problems, such as economic mobility; or CTE policy research. 

“We are looking forward to selecting the next cohort of research Fellows to expand the community of postsecondary CTE researchers that are dedicated to conducting impactful research,” said Associate Teaching Professor Michelle Bartlett, who is the co-principal investigator on the grant that funds the program. 

Selected Fellows participate in research methods trainings, will be paired with a research mentor and will be supported by funding to meet face-to-face. Fellows will also attend a virtual research institute, be given an opportunity to attend one ECMC Foundation CTE Collaborative convening, participate in webinars and collaborate with past and current fellows to develop a stronger community of CTE researchers.

“The most exciting part of the project is seeing the outcomes of our past fellows, who are now publishing research, obtaining grants and serving as faculty members and researcher at places like Jobs for the Future, Florida State University, University of Arkansas, University of Louisville, West Ed, as well as in state agencies and others,” said Associate Professor James Bartlett, who is the principal investigator on the grant that funds the program.    

Since the program began at NC State in 2018, the Postsecondary CTE Research Fellows Program has sponsored 58 projects from scholars who represent more than 30 universities and institutions across the state. 

“I had such a positive experience in the ECMC Research Fellows program. I received funding to further my research focused in postsecondary CTE. I also met the kindest, most supportive network of colleagues, scholars and practitioners,” said 2022 CTE Research Fellow Ty McNamee, who currently serves as an assistant professor of higher education at the University of Mississippi. “Whatever stage you’re at in your research, this program will catalyze the work you are doing!”

“In addition to methods training and opportunities to learn from my cohort of fellows, this fellowship has really given me access to a network of scholars, researchers, and practitioners working in postsecondary CTE that I’m not sure I would have had the same opportunity to connect with otherwise,” said current CTE Research Fellow and Vanderbilt University Ph.D. student Cara DeLoach.

Applications to join the fifth cohort, which runs from August 2023 through July 2024, are currently being accepted through April 1, 2023. 

Virtual information sessions for interested applicants will be held throughout the spring, with the first two sessions taking place at noon and 8:30 p.m.on Jan 10 and subsequent sessions scheduled for Feb. 1, Feb. 23, March 6 and March 21.

Learn more about the application process