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Interested in becoming a Peer Reviewer? Click here to view the presentation on the U.S. Department of Education peer review process and expectations.

OPE Peer Reviewer Registration

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

First-time users may register in G5 and those already registered may update their profile information. On this site, potential peer reviewers provide OPE with information about their educational background and expertise, their technology skills, their grant reading history, and program experience. Applying to be a peer reviewer through this site is the first step in the selection process. Interested persons must be deemed qualified for a particular reading, confirm their availability for a reading, and be selected by the program, before they are considered a reviewer for a competition.

Peer reviewers 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 peer reviewer.

Contact the G5 help desk at 1-888-336-8930 (Washington, DC area 202-401-6238), if you need help registering with or logging into the G5 system.

The Peer Reviewer 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 peer reviewers 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 G5 system. For some program competitions, peer reviewers may be brought to Washington, DC. Paneling of applications will generally be conducted through pre-scheduled meetings that require the participation of all panel members. All scores and comments must be entered into G5 by the designated date.

Currently Scheduled Competitions

For FY 2024, OPE is preparing to review applications in the following grant programs, with peer reviews ongoing through fall 2024.

  • Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian‐Serving Institutions
  • American Overseas Research Centers
  • Augustus F. Hawkins Centers of Excellence Program
  • Basic Needs for Postsecondary Students
  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad
  • Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad
  • Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad
  • Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad
  • GEAR UP‐Partnership
  • GEAR UP‐State
  • Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans
  • Training Program for Federal TRIO Programs

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


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Last Modified: 12/14/2023