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ETS Internship, Fellowship and Visiting Scholar Programs in Research

Collaborate with ETS researchers to carry out innovative and impactful research projects.

Learn more about available internships and how to apply.


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. If you’re selected, you’ll carry out your proposed dissertation research under the mentorship of your academic advisor and in consultation with your ETS mentors over the course of the funding.

Fellowship experience and mentorship

You’ll begin your fellowship by working on your research as part of the 2024 Ida Lawrence Research Summer Internship Program, where you’ll be provided with guidance from ETS’s leading researchers. During the subsequent academic year, you’ll study at your university and carry out research under the supervision of an academic mentor and in consultation with your ETS mentor.

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


Dates and duration

Deadlines and selection dates

  • January 19, 2024 — Deadline for receipt of preliminary application materials
  • February 2, 2024 — You’ll be notified of preliminary application decision
  • March 1, 2024 — Deadline for receipt of final application materials
  • March 19, 2024  — You’ll be notified if you are an award recipient

Duration: Fellowship is for 1 year.


Award Value

Your university will receive the following:

  • $25,000 to pay you a stipend for your fellowship
  • $8,000 to defray your tuition, fees and work-study program commitments
  • A small grant to facilitate work on your research project

You will also receive $10,000 for your participation in the 2024 summer internship program.

Eligibility requirements

  • You must participate in the 2024 Ida Lawrence Research Summer Internship Program.
  • At the time of application, you must be enrolled in a doctoral program, have completed all the coursework toward the doctorate, and be at the dissertation stage of your program. ETS will give dissertation topics in the areas of psychometrics, statistics, educational measurement or quantitative methods priority.

If you’re receiving any additional financial assistance, such as assistantship or grant commitment, during the fellowship period, you’ll need to provide a description of this assistance.



Selection is based on:

  • strength of academic credentials — You must demonstrate superior academic ability and achievement, as well as exceptional promise in the field of educational assessment, 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 your proposed project is your doctoral thesis and you’re not receiving alternative funding for this work. Non-dissertation projects may be considered provided that you’re doing significant independent work.

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, submit the following materials:

  • Detailed project description (approximately 15 double-spaced pages) of the research you’ll 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.