Doctoral Fellowships in Educational Assessment, Research & Evaluation with Cognitive Diagnosis Modeling Emphasis

Fellowships Available for Full-time Ph.D. Students Looking to Transform Educational Measurement

Rutgers Graduate School of Education (GSE) has recently received funding from the U.S. Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program. This award recognizes the need to develop expertise in new approaches to student assessment and in rigorous quantitative research methodologies at a time when children's test scores are used not only to assess children's learning, but also to evaluate teachers' effectiveness and drive national education policy.. 

 “Using appropriately designed assessments and modern psychometric tools to accurately evaluate what our students know and do not know is a critical first step in facilitating student learning.” commented Dr. Jimmy de la Torre, an Associate Professor for Rutgers Graduate School of Education’s Educational Psychology Department and the principal investigator of the grant.


GAANN fellows will receive fellowship and assistantship for five years that will cover stipend of up to $30,000 per year, tuition and health benefits.  Successful applicants will also spend one summer interning with senior researchers at Educational Testing Service (ETS), the world's largest private educational assessment and research organization. 

GAANN fellows have the option of earning a master's degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) discipline while completing the Ph.D. in Education requirements.


Seeking applicants for the Ph. D. in Education from any major who have a strong background in undergraduate mathematics and/or other quantitative courses. Students will concentrate in Educational Statistics & Measurement with emphasis on cognitive diagnosis modeling.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or residents, and eligible for financial assistance.  Members of underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply.


Download a flyer for the program here.  To learn more about the fellowships please contact Dr. Jimmy de la Torre at or 848-932-0848