​AIR Announces New Access Group Grant Partnership

The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Access Group Center for Research & Policy AnalysisSM to support higher education. The Research and Dissertation Fellows Program is a grant competition promoting scholarship on issues related to access, affordability, and the value of legal education specifically, and graduate and professional education more broadly. 

Two levels of grants are available to support year-long research projects for individuals affiliated with non-profit U.S. postsecondary institutions or relevant higher and legal education organizations. AIR membership is not required to be eligible.

  • $50,000 Research Grants: Research grants of up $50,000 are available to faculty, practitioners, and scholars.

  • $25,000 Doctoral Grants: ​Dissertation grants of up to $25,000 are available to doctoral students to support dissertation research and writing under the guidance of a faculty dissertation advisor.   

Preference is given to proposals that utilize regional, national, or multi-institutional datasets, although research that focuses on a single institution is acceptable. Researchers may analyze pre-existing data or include the construction of new dataset in their proposals.

The Research and Dissertation Fellows Program offers participants an opportunity to make a significant impact on graduate and professional education. Grant recipients will be funded to attend and present preliminary findings (or discuss the status of their research) at the Access Group Legal Education Research Symposium, November 16-17, 2016 in Chicago. In addition, recipients will be asked to share their abstracts and research papers as a part of the Access Group Center for Research & Policy AnalysisSM Research Paper Series on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN), which supports the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research.

Applications must be submitted online by December 18, 2015. Decisions will be announced to applicants via email by February 2, 2016. ​ Funding and the project period beins March 1, 2016 and concludes February 28, 2017. For additional information and to apply, visit the AIR website. Assistance is available from the AIR grants staff at grants@airweb.org or 850-385-4155 x200


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Access Group 
is a nonprofit membership organization comprising nearly 200 nonprofit and state-affiliated ABA-approved law schools working to further access, affordability, and the value of legal education through research, policy advocacy, and direct member and student educational services. From providing financial education resources and services for students and schools, to supporting research programs and data collection, to driving policy advocacy, they work to promote broad access, affordability and the value of legal education specifically, and graduate and professional education more broadly.

​AIR is the world's largest professional association for institutional researchers. The organization provides educational resources, best practices and professional development opportunities for more than 4,200 members. The primary purpose of the Association is to support data-informed decisions for the enhancement of higher education. AIR is the premier source of institutional research (IR) education and professional development, and is a respected voice for its leadership in institutional research and data policy issues.