FY22 MSAP Competition Call for Peer Reviewers


The FY22 MSAP Competition is now closed. To be notified about serving as a reviewer in a future MSAP competition, review the information below and submit a resume to msap.team@ed.gov.

The Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP), in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, seeks peer reviewers from various professions and backgrounds to independently read, score, and provide timely, well written comments on MSAP grant applications submitted for consideration in the FY 2022 MSAP Competition.

WHO: The most qualified reviewers will have background and experience with one or more of the following:  

  • magnet school planning and implementation
  • school choice programming
  • desegregation activities
  • civil rights law
  • LEA or district level administration
  • curriculum and staff development
  • education program evaluation (preferably with WWC certification or experience)

Roles for this competition include content reviewers to assess applications against selection criteria and priorities outlined in the FY 2022 notice inviting applications (NIA) and evidence reviewers to specially assess responses to the program’s evidence components. Candidates may be considered for one or both roles.

WHEN: Reviews are currently planned for May 2022.

WHERE: These reviews will be completely virtual. Travel is not required. Reviewers will read, score and draft comments from their own locations and panel discussions will be held via conference call.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: In addition to the skills, attributes and expertise highlighted above, peer reviewers must also meet the following requirements:

  • Quality of review: Each reviewer must be able to provide detailed, objective, constructive, timely, and well-written reviews for each assigned application. Reviews are used to recommend applications for funding and are shared with each applicant, whether awarded funds or not, to provide helpful feedback and documentation supporting funding decisions. Reviewers must be prepared to work collaboratively with one another and review coordinators to ensure a fair and thorough review of each application.
  • Tools: Each reviewer must have access to the Internet, a phone, a computer, and a printer. This is a paperless review. Hard copies of applications will not be provided, and each reviewer must be able access an online system in order to input scores and comments. 

HONORARIUM: Content reviewers will receive an honorarium of $500 per application review and evidence reviewers will receive an additional $250 per each evidence review per the satisfactory completion of the above requirements. A satisfactory review requires a thorough and timely initial reading, scoring and discussion of each application, as well as submission of finalized comments and scores into the Department’s G5 system.

INTERESTED APPLICANTS: If you wish to be considered as a peer reviewer, please send an email with an attached resume and the subject line “MSAP 2022 Peer Review” to MSAP.TEAM@ed.gov no later than April 14, 2022. Candidates will be notified regarding selection decisions no later than April 21, 2022. Please note that the final number of peer reviewers needed is contingent on the number of applications we receive.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Hans Neseth at hans.neseth@ed.gov. Thank you for your interest in the MSAP 2022 grant competition!