About the CADRE Fellowship


The CADRE Fellows program is a competitive fellowship designed to be a capacity-building experience for early career researchers and developers who are members of NSF DR K-12 projects. Fellows learn about DR K-12 research beyond their projects, and network with researchers and developers from across the country. They also gain insights into the NSF and what it takes to be successful and effective researchers and developers. Participation in the Fellowship includes:

  • participating in a series of capacity-building activities including webinars, conference calls, and in-person meetings;
  • independent work, including preparing for activities and (optional) connecting with informal mentors; and
  • collaborating with other Fellows, e.g. preparing a presentation, paper, or conference session proposal together.

Capacity-building activities focus on four strands: career pathways, writing for publication, networking, and proposal writing (including a mock proposal review at the National Science Foundation with NSF program directors). Learn more in our CADRE Fellowship at a Glance.

The year of their Fellowship, CADRE Fellows are also invited to attend all DR K-12 network webinars and events. See a draft Calendar of Activities for 2017-18.

Fellows from previous years found the fellowship to be a significant professional development experience. As noted by Fellows in the past,

“Being a CADRE Fellow has bolstered my confidence in general and in my ability to be a funded STEM Ed researcher. I met so many helpful PIs who pointed me toward colleagues of theirs at the university where I accepted a faculty position.”

“I think that I feel more confident to approach other researchers and faculty members who have similar interests across different domains (science, math, and technology) and engage in dialogue with them. I think this will help my confidence in the long run.”

“I think the networking and ‘inside look’ at grant writing for NSF provides me with great advantages for my future career.”

“The whole experience definitely has helped and will continue to help me in building my career as a researcher and educator. I am very impressed by the experiences we were given and the connections with professionals in the field that were made available to us.”