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Summer internship and postdoc opportunities at the Educational Testing Service

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Dear Colleague:

I am pleased to provide you with information about the 2010-2011 Educational Testing Service (ETS) Fellowship and Internship Programs in Research & Development.

These programs are designed to promote quality and distinction in educational measurement and related fields. They are also meant to encourage original and significant research for scholars and graduate students. The goal of the ETS R&D Fellowship and Internship programs is to provide opportunities for talented scholars and students from diverse backgrounds — especially traditionally underrepresented groups such as African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, and American Indians — to carry out research under the mentorship of ETS senior research scientists and psychometricians. These programs encourage research in areas such as:

* Measurement Theory
* Validity
* Natural Language Processing and Computational Linguistics
* Cognitive Psychology
* Learning Theory
* Linguistics
* Speech Recognition and Processing
* Teaching and Classroom Research
* Statistics
* International Large Scale Assessments

The ETS Fellowship and Internship programs seek applicants who either hold a doctoral degree or who are enrolled in a doctoral program in one of the above fields and who are interested in research opportunities. I would like your help in getting this information out to your colleagues and your very best graduate students and alumni. I encourage you and your colleagues to identify strong candidates and ask them to apply.

ETS is seeking graduate students for the summer internship program in research. The program focuses on major research activities that will occur in 2010. Interns participate in areas that reflect the growing role of educational measurement and its underlying theory and technologies. Selected interns conduct research under the guidance of ETS mentors in Princeton, NJ. Graduate students who are currently enrolled in a full-time doctoral program in one of the areas listed above and who have completed a minimum of two years of coursework toward their PhD or EdD prior to the program start date are eligible to apply.

The Harold Gulliksen psychometric research program seeks graduate students who have completed their doctoral coursework and are at the dissertation stage of their program working on a dissertation related to statistics, psychometrics, educational/psychological measurement or quantitative methods. Selected fellows study at their universities and carry out research under the supervision of an academic mentor and in consultation with an ETS scientist. The goal of this program is to increase the number of well-trained scientists in educational measurement, psychometrics, and statistics.

The postdoctoral fellowship programs seek individuals who hold a doctorate in one of the disciplines listed above. These programs provide talented scholars an opportunity to carry out independent research under the mentorship of ETS senior researchers. The programs are designed to promote excellence and to encourage original and significant research for early-career and seasoned scholars. ETS’s Sylvia Taylor Johnson Minority Fellowship in Educational Measurement is among the group of postdoctoral fellowship programs. Applicants interested in the Sylvia Taylor Johnson fellowship must have received their doctorate within the past 10 years.

Please take a moment to consider which qualified individuals you believe would benefit from this opportunity and help ETS achieve the program’s goal. Attached is a general announcement for the programs for you to share or post at your institution.

The application process will open on November 1, 2009. At that time, information and application instructions will be posted on the ETS Web site at The deadline for applying for the summer internship and postdoctoral fellowship programs is February 1, 2010. The deadlines for applying for the Harold Gulliksen program are December 1, 2009 for the preliminary nomination materials and February 1, 2010 for the final application materials.

If you have any questions about the programs, please write to

Thank you in advance for your assistance and support of these programs.