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CPRS Graduate Research Associate Program

December 30, 1899


The American Council on Education’s Graduate Research Associate Program is housed in ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy (CPRS) and is designed to provide graduate students a ‘real-world’ policy research experience within a leading national higher education association. Representing the interests of campus executives and leaders of higher education associations and organizations, ACE provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy, research, and programmatic initiatives.

The Graduate Research Associate Program is a nine-month commitment. The application​ for the academic year beginning September 2018 is now available. Review of applicants will begin immediately. Applications received by March 16, 2018 will be given priority consideration.

Essential Job Duties or Tasks: 

The primary responsibility of a Graduate Research Associate is to work with CPRS to conceptualize, design, produce, and disseminate research in support of ACE’s various programs and services. Graduate Research Associates are expected to attend general ACE meetings as well as policy conferences and events outside the organization. Applicants must be currently enrolled in or have recently completed an accredited master’s or doctoral degree program.

Education/Experience/Specialized Knowledge and Competency Requirements:
  • Knowledge of current issues in higher education, specifically related to CPRS’ research themes and work
  • Strong analytical skills; proficiency in quantitative and qualitative methods with advanced training in one of the two 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and propensity to thrive in a team environment 
  • Self-motivated with the ability to multi-task competing projects and priorities  

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