Doctoral Research Fellowships

04/16/2017 3:52 PM | Anonymous

U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI)

Location: Ft. Belvoir, VA, near Washington, DC

Details about Doctoral Research Fellowships

Our Doctoral Research Fellowships are for qualified Ph.D. candidates who have been advanced to candidacy (ABD). The Fellowships are aimed at developing the applied research skills of advanced doctoral students. Each Doctoral Research Fellow is mentored by a senior ARI researcher and is assigned to participate as a member of an ARI research or technical team. Doctoral Research Fellows refine skills in research design, data collection and management, statistical analyses, scientific and technical writing, and business acumen. Doctoral Research Fellows work up to 30 hours per week during the school year, 40 hours per week in the summer, and are offered health insurance benefits. They earn an hourly wage between $25.35 and $31.20, depending upon academic standing. More importantly, Doctoral Research Fellows develop professionally under the guiding mentorship of national experts in their fields, co-author publications and presentations, often accomplish their doctoral dissertations using Fellowship research, and compete for Post-Doctoral Fellowships and career positions at Federal Government agencies, and business and consulting organizations.   


Research and Task Description 

Doctoral Fellowships are anticipated in several research units within ARI, including personnel assessment, foundational research, and organizational climate. All Doctoral Research Fellows will work as part of a research team to conduct research within their assigned research unit. 

  • Fellows assigned to personnel assessment will be focused on developing, validating, and implementing selection and assignment measures and assessments – with an emphasis on large-scale and/or longitudinal validation.  Those measures and assessments may include cognitive, non-cognitive, and attitudinal predictor and criterion assessments in the areas of personality/temperament, vocational interests, cyber aptitude, and gender integration in combat jobs.
  • Fellows assigned to foundational research will be focused on conducting basic research on individual differences, psychometrics, leadership/leader development, or computational modeling of individuals in organizations. 
  • Fellows assigned to organizational climate will be focused on developing multi-level measures for learning about, leading, and understanding organizational climate and culture as well as developing methods to improve climate and learning in the military.     

Doctoral Research Fellows typically assist with multiple projects within their assigned area. Some of the primary activities will include the following:

  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Identify and prepare measures for data collection
  • Collect data (may involve travel to military installations within the continental United States)
  • Conduct data entry and management (data entry, data cleaning, merging data files)
  • Conduct data analyses (psychometrics, descriptives, inferential statistics, Bayesian and other modeling)
  • Assist with preparing briefing materials
  • Contribute to technical reports, manuscripts, and/or conference papers based on data analyses 

Skills and Qualifications 

  • Currently enrolled in an accredited Ph.D. program, and formally advanced to candidacy
  • Knowledge of the research literature(s) relevant to the specific research area assigned
  • Experience and skill performing literature reviews
  • Basic understanding of qualitative and quantitative data analyses
  • Working knowledge of SPSS; knowledge of SAS or R may be required for some assignments
  • Working knowledge of MS Office programs (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Strong teamwork skills
  • Attention to detail

Qualified candidates should be comfortable working with others as part of a research team, but must also be able to work independently and, at times, with limited supervision. Some background in military research would be helpful, but is not critical. Some travel may be required to conduct data collection or other activities at military installations.  

About the Consortium Research Fellows Program

The Consortium Research Fellows Program (CRFP) began in 1981 as a partnership between the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI) and the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. The goal of this partnership was to provide some of the nation's best and brightest graduate students in the behavioral and social sciences with an opportunity to work in a Federal Government agency research setting. In the years since its inception, the CRFP has expanded in both size and mission. The current goals of the CRFP are to provide educationally-relevant, well-paid, professional experiences for undergraduate and graduate students, provide research opportunities for faculty, provide high-quality technical and analytical support to sponsoring agencies, and groom a new generation of scientists, who either directly as government employees, or indirectly as contractors, will support Department of Defense (DoD) Research & Development now and in the future. The government gains over 35 person-years of effort from CRFP Research Fellows each calendar year and benefits from the fresh perspectives students bring as a result of studying the latest research and practice in their disciplines.

About the U.S. Army Research Institute

The mission of the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral & Social Sciences (ARI) is to maximize individual and unit performance and readiness to meet Army operational requirements through advances in the behavioral and social sciences. ARI is the Army's primary laboratory conducting research and analysis on personnel performance and training. Their focus is on the human element in the Army so that the research and analysis contributes to the entire life cycle of recruiting, selection, assignment, training, and mission performance. ARI provides new technology to meet the personnel and training challenges of the Army, conducts studies and analyses to address short-term issues and respond to emerging "hot topics," and provides technical assistance on critical issues affecting all parts of the Army as an organization, the people, and the technologies for the future.

ARI’s research lineage traces its earliest beginnings to the advent of military psychology and a meeting of experimental psychologists who gathered at Harvard University in 1917 to discuss how psychology and the application of its scientific methods could support national defense. In August 1917, the Secretary of War established, with ten psychologists, the Committee on Classification of Personnel in the Army. The committee’s work was marked by notable achievements in developing tools and procedures for scientific enhancements in personnel management, to include personnel selection and classification, and performance tests.

ARI's organizational lineage is traced to the establishment of the Committee on Selection and Classification of Military Personnel at the start of World War II. The Adjutant General of the U.S. Army requested that the National Research Council create the committee as an advisory group on matters of Soldier selection and classification. The original committee members included many prominent psychologists of the day, such as Walter V. Bingham, C. L. Shartle, and L.L. Thurstone. During the post-World War II period, research focused on personnel testing and test development, and expanded behavioral science research in the areas of training, human engineering, social psychology, and physiological psychology.

Today, ARI's Science and Technology research is focused on developing innovative measures and methods to improve and enhance the Soldier lifecycle, conducting scientific assessments and providing behavioral and social science advice to inform human resource policies, and developing fundamental theories and investigating new domain areas in behavioral and social sciences with high potential impact on Army issues.

We encourage qualified candidates, interested students, faculty, and other interested conference attendees to contact Dr. Scott A. Beal with questions or to engage in further discussion.

Dr. Beal will schedule time at this SIOP conference to speak with you, personally.

Dr. Scott A. Beal

Director, Consortium Research Fellows Program

Vice President for Strategic Initiatives,

Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area

(cell) 910-705-5664


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