W. T. Grant Scholars program
The W. T. Grant Scholars program, formerly called the William T. Grant Faculty Scholars Program, supports promising post-doctoral (but pre-tenure, tenure-track) scholars from diverse disciplines, whose research deepens and broadens the knowledge base in areas that contribute to creating a society that values young people as a resource and helps them live up to their potential. The program, now in its 22nd year, has funded more than 100 Scholars since its inception.
Priority areas for research are youth development; programs, policies, and institutions affecting young people; and adults’ attitudes about and perceptions of young people, along with the consequences of those attitudes and perceptions. The Foundation focuses on young people age 8-25, and is particularly interested in research that is interdisciplinary, examines young people in social, institutional, community, and cultural contexts, and addresses issues that are relevant to youth-related programs and policies.
Candidates for the award are nominated by a supporting institution and must submit five-year research plans that should demonstrate creativity and intellectual rigor, be grounded in theory and sound scientific methods, and provide evidence for appropriate mentoring from senior investigators as well as support from the institution that originally sponsored them. Every year, four to six W. T. Grant Scholars are selected and each receives $300,000 distributed over a five-year period. Through its annual Scholars’ retreat and other activities, the W. T. Grant Scholars are encouraged to continue inter- and multidisciplinary collaboration and interchange.
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