Orientation to the Field of Education

Resources of Note

The Committee on Education utilizes connections with multiple professional associations, journals, research organizations and government entities. Expand the tabs by clicking on the + to the right.

Professional Associations

American Educational Research Association (AERA)


The American Educational Research Association (AERA), a national research society, strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.




American Educational Research Journal (AERJ)

Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis (EEPA)

Journal of Educational & Behavioral Statistics (JEBS)

Educational Researcher (ER)

Review of Educational Research (RER)

Review of Research in Education (RRE)

Funding Opportunities:

AERA Research and Dissertation

AERA Minority Dissertation and Fellowship in Education Research

AERA Fellowship Program on the Study of Deeper Learning

American Sociological Association (ASA)


The American Sociological Association, founded in 1905, is the national professional membership association for sociologists and others who are interested in sociology. ASA members include students, faculty working in a full range of institutions, and people working in government agencies and nonprofit and private sector organizations.

ASA’s mission is to serve sociologists in their work, advance sociology as a science and profession, and promote the contributions and use of sociology to society.



American Sociological Review (ASR)

– City & Community

– Contemporary Sociology

– Journal of Health and Social Behavior

– Journal of World-Systems Research

– Social Psychology Quarterly

– Society and Mental Health

– Sociological Methodology

– Sociological Theory

– Sociology of Education

-Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

– Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World

– Teaching Sociology

Funding Opportunities:

Please see https://www.asanet.org/academic-professional-resources/asa-grants-and-fellowships/ for funding opportunities.

Sociology of Education Association (SEA)


The Sociology of Education Association (SEA) is an informal group of scholars and educators from both the fields of sociology and education, who meet annually to engage in discussion of issues at the intersection of sociology and education.

Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)


SRCD’s mission is rooted in an understanding of child development as an integrated part of lifelong development that takes place in complex and interrelated contexts. It is based on a belief that in order to create reliable, valid, and useful knowledge, developmental science must explore a diverse array of biological, cognitive, psychological, social, and cultural dimensions of development through rigorous scientific inquiry that uses multiple perspectives, methods, and levels of analysis.



Child Development (CD)

Child Development Perspectives (CDP)


Social Policy Report

Funding Opportunities:

SRCD Federal Policy Fellowship Program

SRCD State Policy Fellowship Program

Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)


The Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness is dedicated to advancing research relevant to practice, from early childhood through post-secondary education. The Society strives to generate knowledge and facilitate applications in new contexts and across fields.



Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness (JREE)

Funding Opportunities:

SREE Summer Fellowship Program

Funding of Research and Professional Development

National Academy of Education (NAEd)


The National Academy of Education (NAEd) advances high-quality research to improve education policy and practice. Founded in 1965, the NAEd consists of U.S. members and international associates who are elected on the basis of scholarship related to education. The Academy undertakes research studies to address pressing educational issues and administers professional development  fellowship programs to enhance the preparation of the next generation of education scholars.

Funding Opportunities:

Dissertation Program

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Spencer Foundation


The Spencer Foundation has been a leading funder of education research since 1971 and is the only national foundation focused exclusively on supporting education research. The Spencer Foundation believes education research is integral to improving education, making education systems more equitable, and increasing opportunities to learn across the lifespan.

Funding Opportunities:

NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship

NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship

William T. Grant Foundation


“While our commitment to research is unwavering, we recognize that the most pressing challenges confronting young people change over time. As independent grantmakers, we have the flexibility to adjust our areas of focus. Currently, the Foundation funds research that increases our understanding of: (1) the programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes, and (2) how policymakers and practitioners acquire, interpret, and use research evidence.”

About. William T. Grant Foundation. (n.d.). Retrieved February 21, 2023, from https://wtgrantfoundation.org/about

Funding Opportunities:

Please see https://wtgrantfoundation.org/grants to learn more.

Research Organizations

American Institutes for Research (AIR)


The American Institutes for Research® (AIR) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance to solve some of the most urgent challenges in the U.S. and around the world.

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago


Chapin Hall combines rigorous research to generate evidence and supports implementation of tested methods in the field. Chapin Hall engages in direct, purposeful collaboration. We partner with all levels of government, non-profit organizations, philanthropists, fellow researchers, and others who work tirelessly to address challenges facing children, youth, and families in the United States and beyond.

Funding Opportunities:

Harold A. Richman Postdoctoral Fellowship

Lawrence A. Kimpton Fellows Program



 Mathematica uses data, analytics, and technology to address pressing social challenges, from the effects of climate change on communities around the world to disparities in health care, education, and employment across the U.S.

Government Organizations

Institute for Education Sciences (IES)


The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is the statistics, research, and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Education. IES is independent and non-partisan. Their mission is to provide scientific evidence on which to ground education practice and policy and to share this information in formats that are useful and accessible to educators, parents, policymakers, researchers, and the public.

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)

ERIC was founded on May 15th, 1954 and is a comprehensive, easy-to-use, searchable, internet-based bibliographic and full-text database of education research and information, housed under IES.

National Science Foundation (NSF)


The U.S. National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency that supports science and engineering in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

NSF was established in 1950 by Congress to:

  • Promote the progress of science.
  • Advance the national health, prosperity and welfare.
  • Secure the national defense.

NSF fulfills their mission chiefly by making grants. Their investments account for about 25% of federal support to America’s colleges and universities for basic research: research driven by curiosity and discovery. They also support solutions-oriented research with the potential to produce advancements for the American people.