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MATI 2024 will be hosted from July 21 - July 27, 2024 in Chicago, IL

Applications are now closed


Researchers who have nominal experience with meta-analysis and a minimum of intermediate statistics, and who have an idea for an IES Exploration grant are encouraged to apply.


Applicants must:

  • Have completed their doctorate by the time of the workshop

    • Graduate student guidelines on FAQ below.

  • Have completed an introductory workshop on meta-analysis, worked on a meta-analysis, or completed an undergraduate or graduate course in meta-analysis.

  • Work in an academic institution or in educational research in other settings in the United States.

  • Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents (see FAQ below for non-US citizens)

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Travel and Funding

MATI is funded via an IES Methods Training Grant. As such, much of the cost of participation will be covered, including:

  • The Institute and materials

  • Hotel stay during MATI

  • Daily per diem for meals

Participants can apply for support for air travel.



Applications for the 2024 cohort are now closed

  • I'm interested in mixed methods and qualitative narrative reviews. Will this be covered?
    No. Our focus is on summarizing results from quantitative studies, but here are examples of qualitative meta-analyses. Cochrane also has useful resources for qualitative meta-analysis methods.
  • What statistical background do I need?
    Most of meta-analysis can be understood as an extension of regression analysis. At a minimum, participants should have completed a regression course, though ideally other courses as well.
  • How familiar with R do I need to be?
    We do not expect applicants to have more than cursory familiarity with R (e.g., perhaps you've downloaded it before). All labs in the workshop will be conducted using R. Therefore, we will provide admitted participants with materials to learn the essentials of R before the workshop. This training should take between 4-8 hours and can be completed over several weeks.
  • When is the deadline for applications?
    Applications for the 2024 cohort are closed.
  • Can graduate students apply?
    Yes, graduate students who will have defended their dissertation by September 1, 2024 can apply.
  • Can I apply if I am not a U.S. citizen?
    Non-US citizens are encouraged to apply if they (1) are a permanent resident in the U.S., (2) are working or studying at a U.S. institution, and/or (3) have a valid U.S. social security number (SSN) or taxpayer identification number (TIN).
  • Am I eligible for MATI if I have no experience in meta-analysis?
    MATI is aimed at researchers who have experience in meta-analysis and want to update their skills. If you are new to meta-analysis, consider applying to the Modern Meta-Analysis Research Institute funded by the National Science Foundation here.
  • How much does MATI cost?
    MATI is free to participants due to the generous support of the Institute of Education Sciences. Participant lodging and per diem will be provided by MATI. Participants can also apply for support for air travel.
  • Where will MATI 2024 take place?
    The 2024 MATI training will be hosted in downtown Chicago, IL.
  • How long is MATI?
    The workshop meets from Monday- Friday, 9am - 5pm, and on Saturday, 8am - 12pm.
  • I can't be there the full week - is it possible for me to attend only part of the workshop?
    The workshop is intended to be intensive. Therefore participation at all events is required.
  • How do I apply?
    Applications are submitted via Qualtrics on the Application Page.
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