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Harold Gulliksen Psychometric Research Fellowship

The Harold Gulliksen Psychometric Research fellowship provides funding for promising graduate students in psychometrics, or a related field, who are conducting innovative, applied research. Selected fellows will carry out their proposed research under the mentorship of their academic advisor and in consultation with their ETS mentors over the course of the funding. The fellowship begins with the selected fellows working on their research as part of the Summer RMS Internship Program, where they will be provided with guidance from ETS’s leading researchers. During the subsequent academic year, fellows study at their universities and carry out research under the supervision of an academic mentor and in consultation with their ETS mentor.

Program Goals

The goal of this program is to increase the number of well-trained scientists in educational assessment, psychometrics and statistics.

Important Dates

  • January 21, 2022 — Deadline for receipt of preliminary application materials
  • February 4, 2022 — Applicants are notified of preliminary application decision
  • March 4, 2022 — Deadline for receipt of final application materials
  • March 31, 2022 — Award recipients are notified

Award Duration

Appointments are for one year.

Award Value

Each fellow's university receives the following:

  • $20,000 to pay a stipend to the fellow
  • $8,000 to defray the fellow's tuition, fees and work-study program commitments
  • A small grant to facilitate work on the fellow's research project

Selected fellow must participate in the Summer RMS Internship Program in Research for Graduate Students.


At the time of application, candidates must be enrolled in a doctoral program, have completed all the coursework toward the doctorate, and be at the dissertation stage of their program. Dissertation topics in the areas of psychometrics, statistics, educational measurement or quantitative methods will be given priority. At the time of application, candidates will be asked to provide a statement describing any additional financial assistance such as assistantship or grant commitment that he/she will have during the fellowship period.


Selection is based on:

  • Strength of the applicant's academic credentials. Applicants need to demonstrate superior academic ability and achievement, as well as exceptional promise in the field of measurement, psychometrics or statistics.
  • Suitability and the technical strength of the proposed research project. The project must relate to research currently under way at ETS. The preferred arrangement is that the proposed project be the applicant's doctoral thesis and that the applicant is not receiving alternative funding for this work. Non-dissertation projects may be considered provided that the applicant is doing significant independent work.

Application Materials and Procedures

Submit all application materials via email with PDF attachments.

Preliminary Application

  • Letter of interest describing the research that would be undertaken during the award year and how the research fits with ETS research efforts
  • Statement describing any additional financial assistance, such as assistantship or grant commitment, that you would have during the fellowship period
  • Nomination letter (either as an email or as an email with a PDF attachment) from an academic advisor in support of your interest in the fellowship award
  • Current curriculum vitae

Final Application

If your preliminary application is approved, you will be invited to submit the following materials:

  • Detailed project description (approximately 15 double-spaced pages) of the research the individual will carry out at the host university, including the purpose, goals and methods of the research
  • Graduate academic transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)
  • Evidence of scholarship (presentations, manuscripts, etc.)


For more information, contact us via email.