Sylvia Taylor Johnson Fellowship in Educational Measurement


The Sylvia Taylor Johnson Fellowship is part of the postdoctoral fellowship program at ETS. Sylvia Taylor Johnson had a significant influence nationally on educational measurement and assessment through her research, extensive writings and service to the educational community as an educator, editor, counselor, committee member and collaborator. Dr. Johnson was a Professor of Research Methodology and Statistics at Howard University's School of Education. She also made significant contributions to ETS and was a valued colleague of many ETS staff. In honor of Dr. Johnson's important contributions to the field of education, ETS has established the Sylvia Taylor Johnson Fellowship in Educational Measurement. Members of underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply for this fellowship.

Individuals who have earned their doctoral degrees within the past 10 years are invited to apply for a unique fellowship experience which combines working on cutting-edge ETS research projects and conducting independent research that is relevant to ETS's goals. The fellowship is carried out in the ETS offices in Princeton, N.J. Studies concerning the education of minority students are especially encouraged. This year we are seeking applications in the following areas of expertise:

  • science cognition
  • teacher evaluation
  • K–12 language arts, math and science
  • formative assessment and learning in English language learning assessment

Program Goals

  • Provide research opportunities to individuals who hold a doctorate in the fields indicated above.
  • Increase the number of professionals from diverse backgrounds — especially traditionally underrepresented groups such as African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans and American Indians — conducting research in educational measurement and related fields.

Important Dates

  • January 1, 2015 — deadline for preliminary application
  • March 1, 2015 — deadline for final application materials

Duration of Program

The fellowship is for a period of up to two years, renewable after the first year by mutual agreement.


  • Salary is competitive. See frequently asked questions for salary information.
  • $5,000 one-time relocation incentive for round-trip relocation expenses.
  • Employee benefits, vacation, holidays and other paid leave in accordance with ETS policies


  • Doctorate received within the past 10 years
  • Evidence of prior research


Selection is based on the candidate's record of accomplishment, proposed topic of independent research, commitment to education and independent body of scholarship that signals the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to educational measurement.

Application Procedures

Preliminary Application

Complete the electronic preliminary application form.

On the application form:

  • Indicate your research area of interest.
  • Enter your statement of interest.
  • Enter an abstract about the independent research you propose to conduct while at ETS.
  • Attach a copy of your curriculum vitae.
  • Attach a copy of your graduate transcripts (student copy is acceptable).

Final Application

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

  • a detailed proposal (approximately five double-spaced pages) describing the research that will be carried out at ETS and how it relates to current ETS research
  • samples of published research
  • names and email addresses of three individuals who are familiar with your work and who are willing to complete a recommendation form that will be sent to them electronically

All application materials should be submitted electronically as attachments (preferably as PDF files) via email.


For more information, contact us via email or call 1-609-734-5543.


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