• Principal Investigators may be from any one of a variety of relevant disciplines and fields
in addition to special education (e.g., general education, human development, political
science, psychology, sociology, statistics) within institutions of higher education provided
that the focus of their research and mentoring is in the field of early intervention or
special education for children with or at risk for disabilities.
• The Principal Investigator must have completed a doctoral degree or postdoctoral
program no earlier than April 1, 2014 and no later than the start of the award period.
Please note that the Institute will use the date on which the University granted your
doctoral degree. For example, if you defended your dissertation on March 25, 2014, but
your University granted the degree on April 2, 2014, you would be eligible to apply.
• The Principal Investigator must hold a tenure-track position (e.g., Assistant Professor),
or research scientist position (e.g., not a visiting faculty or adjunct position), at an
institution of higher education, or must have accepted an offer for such a position to
begin before the start of the award. In the latter case, you must include a letter of
support in Appendix E from the future home institution indicating that an offer has been
made and accepted. The position must be a regular, salaried position paid by the
University without a focus on training (e.g., not a postdoctoral position).
• Training must be provided under the guidance of a mentor. Applicants may have comentors
depending on their training needs and location. The term “mentors” includes
both primary and co-mentors.
• Mentors may be from academic or nonacademic institutions (e.g., nonprofit and forprofit
organizations, public and private agencies) that conduct rigorous special education
or early intervention research.
• Mentors must include only individuals who have not served as the Principal
Investigator’s primary graduate school advisor, dissertation advisor, or postdoctoral
supervisor. A faculty member who served on a dissertation committee but did not have
a direct advisor-advisee relationship with the Principal Investigator is eligible to serve as
• One mentor must be designated as the primary mentor.
• At least one mentor (primary or co-mentor) must be at the Principal Investigator’s