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OPE Field Reader Registration

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) is seeking peer reviewers (field readers) to read and evaluate discretionary grant program applications. If you are interested in serving as a field reader for OPE grant competitions you must register in G5 at

Register as a Field Reader

The Web-based application form is available at First-time users may register in G5 and those already registered may update their profile information. On this site, potential readers provide OPE with information about their educational background and expertise, their technology skills, their grant reading history, and program experience. Applying to be a field reader through this site is the first step in the selection process. Interested persons must be deemed qualified for a particular reading, indicate their availability for a reading, and be selected before they actually become a reader.

Field readers will receive a flat fee honorarium and a stipend for supplies (paper and ink) for the entire review period based on the established number of reading days and applications. Since the number of reading days and applications to be reviewed may vary, you will be informed of the amount of the honorarium at the time of your selection as a field reader.

Contact the help desk listed on the Web site if you need help registering with or logging into the G5 system.

The Field Reader Process

The application review process involves a reader orientation, reading and evaluating applications, and discussions with other panelists. Panelists will evaluate and score applications using the U.S. Department of Education's published selection criteria. Selected field readers will receive a copy of each assigned application electronically. Some applications will be mailed to readers if the applicant had an approved waiver of the electronic grant submission requirement. Readers may review applications at their home or office and enter comments and scores on each application electronically into the Department's online e-Reader database. For some program competitions, field readers may be brought to Washington, DC. Paneling of applications will generally be conducted through pre-scheduled telephone conference calls and face-to-face meetings that require the participation of all panel members. All scores and comments must be entered into e-Reader by the designated date.

For FY 2020, OPE is preparing to review applications in the following grant programs, with field readings ongoing from January through June.


Please visit the OPE home page at for more
information about any of our grant programs.

  • Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions
  • Asian-American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions
  • Child Care Access Means Parents in School
  • Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions
  • Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (Partnership)
  • Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (State)
  • Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions
  • Open Textbooks Pilot Program
  • Student Support Services
  • Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
  • TRIO Training

Please visit the OPE home page at for more information about any of our grant programs.


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Last Modified: 11/21/2019