Doctoral Research Associate Fellowship | University of Portland

Doctoral Research Associate Fellowship

Meet Zulema "Zuly" Naegele, UP School of Education's Doctor of Education alumnus and former Doctoral Research Associate Fellow. Zuly has been in the education field for over 20+ years and is currently Vice Principal at an elementary school in the Portland Public School District.

The School of Education at the University of Portland ( is seeking candidates for a Doctoral Research Associate Fellowship whose purpose is to support applied research, measurement, and evaluation serving P-12 schools and school systems.  Working under the direction of School of Education faculty, the Research Associate will engage in the Multnomah County Partnership for Education Research (MCPER) working with school systems in the Portland metropolitan area and assist in research methodology consultations, data summary and preparation tasks, and applied P-12 research projects. 

Working on a part-time appointment, Fellows will complete associated work tasks during the day and evening hours.  Research Associates will be enrolled in the Doctor of Education (EdD) program in the School of Education (

The Fellowship: Research Associates will receive a fiscal-year (12-month, July through June) fellowship beginning July 1, renewable for up to three years during the length of doctoral studies.  The fellowship includes a full tuition scholarship and a stipend paid on an hourly basis (at an hourly rate of $20 per hour).  Fellows are eligible to purchase graduate student health insurance.  Sick time is provided consistent with the State of Oregon requirements. The fellowship includes shared office space, computer facilities, library privileges, and conference travel support.

Position Expectations:

  1. Research fellows will work approximately 80 hours per month (at a rate of $20 per hour). Work duties generally involve conducting literature reviews, analyzing data, and collecting data.
  2. A majority of work hours will be typically completed on campus during normal business hours. It is expected that a weekly schedule will be maintained to facilitate communication with faculty.
  3. Attend weekly meetings to check-in and discuss questions, work delegation, updates, etc.
  4. Meet deadlines for assigned work.
  5. Contribute expertise and knowledge to the projects.

Qualifications: To apply for the fellowship, candidates must have applied to or be currently enrolled in the Doctor of Education (EdD) program in the School of Education.  Only accepted or current EdD candidates are eligible to receive the fellowship.  Candidates must remain enrolled and in good standing in the EdD cohort program to receive the fellowship and appointment as Research Associate.  Enrollment in the EdD program consists of two courses during three terms a year: fall, spring, summer.

Application Requirements: Interested applicants should submit the following materials to

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter describing your qualifications and interests
  3. Upon request: An interview with the selection committee
  4. For best consideration apply by January 31

Fellowship Contact:

Nicole Ralston
Associate Professor