The GSP Doctoral Fellowship brings Ph.D. candidates pursuing independent, self-directed research on economic and social problems affecting low-income Americans to our New York City, Oakland, CA, and Washington, DC, offices.
Applications for the summer 2023 doctoral fellowship are now closed.
What It’s Like to Be a Doctoral Fellow at MDRC
2023 Doctoral Fellows
Gabrielle Smith Finnie is a doctoral candidate at Old Dominion University, where she is studying the experiences of Black justice-involved individuals pursuing higher education after justice involvement. Gabrielle has an M.S. in higher education and administration from Florida International University and experience in educational and justice-related settings. She has also served as a correctional education intern for the Virginia Department of Corrections and as a research intern for the Institute for Higher Education Policy. Gabrielle is very passionate about making radical change in higher education and beyond.
Pierre Lucien is a DPhil Candidate at the University of Oxford studying the effects of college and career pathways in secondary schools on educational attainment for students historically underrepresented in higher education. Pierre is also a policy analyst at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Doctoral Teaching Fellow for Introduction to Quantitative Methods and Intermediate Quantitative Methods courses at the Oxford Education Department, and a Junior Dean at St. John’s College, Oxford. Previously, Pierre was a research analyst at Harvard’s Center for Education Policy Research. Pierre earned master’s degrees from Brown University and the Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University in Queens, NY.
Previous Doctoral Fellows