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William T. Grant Scholars Program

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Organizations
for Early-Career Research Opportunities

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William T. Grant Foundation

Deadline Date:

07/01/20 3:00 PM EST

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International tax-exempt organizations for early-career research opportunities. Funding is intended for researchers at the beginning of their careers to carry out research in one of two focus areas while receiving mentoring and support.

The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas.

Applicants should have a track record of conducting high-quality research and an interest in pursuing a significant shift in their trajectories as researchers. Early-career researchers are rarely given incentives or support to take measured risks in their work, so this award includes a mentoring component, as well as a supportive academic community.

Awards are based on applicants’ potential to become influential researchers, as well as their plans to expand their expertise in new and significant ways. The application should make a cohesive argument for how the applicant will expand his or her expertise. The research plan should evolve in conjunction with the development of new expertise, and the mentoring plan should describe how the proposed mentors will support applicants in acquiring that expertise. Proposed research plans must address questions that are relevant to policy and practice in the Foundation’s focus areas.

The Foundation’s mission is to support research to improve the lives of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. Researchers interested in applying must select on focus area:

Reducing Inequality

In this focus area, the Foundation supports studies that aim to build, test, or increase understanding of programs, policies, or practices to reduce inequality in the academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes of young people, especially on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins.

Improving the Use of Research Evidence

In this focus area, the Foundation supports research to identify, build, and test strategies to ensure that research evidence is used in ways that benefit youth. We are particularly interested in research on improving the use of research evidence by state and local decision-makers, mid-level managers, and intermediaries.

For more information about the focus, areas see: http://wtgrantfoundation.org/library/uploads/2020/02/2020-Guidelines-WTG-Scholars-Program.pdf#page=6.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169550

Number of Grants:

4-6

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $350,000

Term of Contract:

Awards are distributed over 5 years. Awards begin July 1.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made to organizations, not individuals. Grants are limited, without exception, to tax-exempt organizations. A copy of the Internal Revenue Service tax-exempt status determination letter is required from each applying organization.

Applicants must be nominated by their institutions. Major divisions (e.g., College of Arts and Sciences, Medical School) of an institution may nominate only one applicant each year. In addition to the eligibility criteria below, deans and directors of those divisions should refer to the Selection Criteria (pp. 32-36) to aid them in choosing their nominees. Applicants of any discipline are eligible.

Applicants must have received their terminal degree within seven years of submitting their application. We calculate this by adding seven years to the date the doctoral degree was conferred. In medicine, the seven-year maximum is dated from the completion of the first residency.

Applicants must be employed in career-ladder positions. For many applicants, this means holding a tenure-track position in a university. Applicants in other types of organizations should be in positions in which there is a pathway to advancement in a research career at the organization and the organization is fiscally responsible for the applicant’s position. The award may not be used as a post-doctoral fellowship.

Applicants outside the United States are eligible. As with U.S. applicants, they must pursue research that has compelling policy or practice implications for youth in the United States.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Online Application Opens: April 30, 2020, 3:00 PM EST
- Mentor and Reference Letter Deadline: June 19, 2020, 5:00 PM EST
- Application Deadline: July 1, 2020, 3:00 PM EST
- Announcement of Awards: March 2021

Applicants can work on their application while waiting for mentors and references to submit their letters but will not be able to submit an application until all letters have been received.

Plagiarism Policy: http://wtgrantfoundation.org/plagiarism-policy
Reducing inequality: http://wtgrantfoundation.org/focus-areas/reducing-inequality
Improving the Use of Research Evidence:
http://wtgrantfoundation.org/focus-areas/improving-use-research-evidence

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://easygrants.wtgrantfoundation.org/WTG/Implementation/Modules/Login/LoginModuleContent.aspx?Config=LoginModuleConfig&Page=Login

William T. Grant Foundation
60 East 42nd Street, 43rd Floor
New York, NY 10165
Tel: 212.752.0071
info@wtgrant.org

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

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