R2D2 and FIREFLIES Doctoral Training Programs Now Accepting Applications


The Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR), a leader in advancing reading through science, is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the R2D2 and FIREFLIES doctoral training programs.

Focused on preparing faculty to train effective teachers, the Reading Disabilities and Dyslexia Researchers (R2D2) doctoral training program, will prepare five doctoral fellows in the Reading Education and Special Education majors in the School of Teacher Education. Focused on preparing interdisciplinary education researchers, the Florida Interdisciplinary Research Fellows in Education Sciences (FIREFLIES) doctoral training program will prepare five doctoral fellows in one of seven disciplinary programs: Reading Education, Special Education, Educational Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Communication Science and Disorders, and Social Work.

“One of FCRR’s priorities is to continue our strong tradition of preparing doctoral students who will not only contribute to the field of reading research but will also pursue careers that are focused on improving education outcomes for all learners,” said FCRR Director Dr. Nicole Patton Terry.

Led by FCRR faculty across the university, fellows will join a thriving inclusive and interdisciplinary intellectual community dedicated to advancing the science of reading to improve learning and achievement for all learners. Fellows in both training programs will participate in coursework, research, mentorship, and apprenticeship opportunities that will prepare them to be stewards of reading research.

“We believe that rigorous, relevant research can and does have a positive impact on readers everywhere. It is absolutely where we, as academic scholars, lead for change. We’re looking for students who believe it too–students who will bring their diverse talents and gifts to the interdisciplinary study of reading and help us continue to create a world where all learners are reading and succeeding,” continued Patton Terry.

“We are also very intentional about promoting and celebrating diversity in our training programs. Just like our faculty, our fellows represent many different lived experiences, professional pathways, areas of interest, and disciplinary approaches to inquiry. It’s exactly how we advance science—leveraging our diversity as a strength to push our field forward. So, we invite students from groups traditionally underrepresented in academia to apply, including individuals from minoritized groups, first generation students, and individuals with disabilities.”

“Being surrounded by faculty and students who are just as interested in reading research as I am, I see this creating an environment where I will be pushed to go deeper in my learning and conduct research that will drive the field forward,” said FIREFLIES fellow Rachelle Johnson.

FCRR will host three virtual information sessions about the doctoral training programs this month. The information session for R2D2 will be held on October 19 at 6 p.m. Two information sessions for FIREFLIES will be held on October 20, one at 9 a.m. and one at 6 p.m. Anyone interested in these programs is encouraged to register and attend.

To be considered for the R2D2 and FIREFLIES fellowships, candidates must apply through their doctoral program. Review of applications for most doctoral programs will begin on December 1, 2021 and will continue until all fellowships are awarded.

Click here to register for the information sessions and learn more about the FCRR student experience.