The National Academy of Education (NAEd) announced the recipients of the 2022 NAEd/Spencer Dissertation and Postdoctoral Fellowships and Research Development Awards. Rutgers Graduate School of Education Assistant Professors Dr. Lauren Leigh Kelly, Dr. Karishma Desai, and incoming Assistant Professor Dr. Krystal Strong were among 25 postdoctoral fellows selected from a pool of 258 applicants.   

The fellowships provide funding and professional development to early-career researchers whose projects address critical issues in the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education, at the national and international levels. 

“This is a prestigious and well-deserved recognition,” says Wanda J. Blanchett, Dean of Rutgers Graduate School of Education,  “I extend congratulations to Dr. Karishma Desai, Dr. Lauren Kelly, and Dr. Krystal Strong, who are already making significant contributions to education and to ‘Advancing Excellence and Equity in Education.’” 

The award will provide these scholars with a research stipend and will fund them to attend the 2022 NAEd/Spencer Fall Fellows Retreat and Annual Meeting, the 2023 NAEd/Spencer Spring Fellows Retreat, and the 2023 AERA Annual Meeting. 

According NAEd President Dr. Carol Lee, “The NAEd/Spencer Fellowships represent an important investment in the future leaders in education research. In these times of uncertainty, the continued support of future leaders in education research is of paramount importance, and our fellows will play an important role in shaping that future.” 

Please click on the links below for information on the recipients and their research: 

NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellows 
NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellows 
NAEd/Spencer Research Development Awardees