Ph.D. Assistantship Opportunity (Fall 2024) in Education, Development, and Community Engagement Program at Pennsylvania State University

The Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education ( at Pennsylvania State University is offering a fully-funded Ph.D. assistantship in our Education, Development, and Community Engagement Graduate Program ( with a specific focus on Program Development and Evaluation or Extension Education starting Fall 2024!

The funding is available through a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant project and support from the department.

The NSF-funded project’s social science portion focuses on:

  • Evaluating factors influencing Best Management Practices (BMP) implementation by farmers.
  • You’ll gain experience in program development & evaluation, extension education, and social science research.

The assistantship provides:

  • Full tuition waiver
  • Stipend
  • Health insurance
  • Conference travel support


  • Literature review
  • Survey & interview protocol design
  • Data collection (interviews, surveys)
  • Reporting results (conferences, publications)
  • Assisting with undergraduate teaching (later in the program)


  • Master’s degree in a relevant field (Ag Extension, Social Sciences, etc.)
  • Experience with social science research methods (e.g., interviews, surveys, data analysis)
  • Strong communication, collaboration, and independent work skills
  • Valid driver’s license (or willingness to obtain one)
  • Willingness to teach

To Apply:

  • Email Dr. Anil Kumar Chaudhary (…) at by 03/29/2024 with your CV, a writing sample (including your role), the contact information of three references, and a brief message highlighting your qualifications.”-Prof. Anil Kumar Chaudhary

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