Become a Peer Reviewer for Department of Education

May 20, 2022

The U.S. Department of Education (Department) announces opportunities for individuals to participate in its peer review process for competitive grant funding under the programs administered by Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Post-secondary Education, and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.

Peer reviewers for each competition will be selected based on several factors, including each reviewer’s program-specific expertise, the number of applications to be reviewed, and the diversity and availability of prospective reviewers. Individuals selected to serve as peer reviewers are expected to participate in training; independently
read, score, and provide written evaluative comments on assigned applications; and participate in facilitated panel discussions with other peer reviewers. Panel discussions are held via conference calls or in-person, as identified for the specific competition. The time commitment for peer reviewers is usually several hours
a day over a period of two to four weeks. Peer reviewers receive an honorarium payment as monetary compensation for successfully reviewing applications.

If you are interested in serving as a peer reviewer for the Department, you should first review the program web pages of the grant programs that match your area of expertise. You can access information on each grant program from the link provided on the Department’s grants forecast page at fund/grant/find/edlite-forecast.html. If you have documented experience that you believe qualifies you to serve as a peer reviewer for one or more specific grant programs, please register in G5, a, which allows the Department to manage and assign potential peer reviewers to competitions that may draw upon their professional backgrounds and expertise. A toolkit that includes helpful information on how to be considered as a peer reviewer for programs administered by the Department can be found at peer-reviewer-toolkit.pptx. Neither the submission of a resume nor registration in G5 guarantees you will be selected to be a peer reviewer.

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