William T. Grant Youth Development Scholars Program

Posted by on January 23, 2011

William T. Grant Foundation Announces Guidelines for Youth Development Scholars Program
Deadline: July 6, 2011

The William T. Grant Foundation, which supports research to understand and improve the everyday settings of youth between the ages of 8 and 25 in the United States, is accepting applications for the William T. Grant Scholars Program.

The Grant Scholars Program is a professional development program for early-career researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. The program encourages scholars to be ambitious in their research endeavors by tackling important questions that will advance theory, policy, and practice for youth and to do so with an expanded array of expertise that includes different methods, disciplinary perspectives, and content knowledge. The program differs from traditional research grants in that it supports career development. Applications are particularly encouraged from scholars who already have a promising track record but seek a qualitative shift in their trajectory as researchers.

Applicants are invited to identify areas in which they seek to expand their expertise and to propose five-year research plans to develop it. Applicants are also asked to create mentoring plans that will aid them in acquiring new expertise and producing stronger work.

Applicants must have received their terminal degree within seven years of submitting their application and must be employed in career-ladder positions at nonprofit institutions. Applicants inside and outside the United States are eligible. As with U.S. applicants, foreign applicants must pursue research that has compelling policy or practice implications for the settings of youth between the ages of 8 and 25 in the United States. Applicants of any discipline are eligible.

Each year, four to six scholars are selected to receive $350,000, distributed over five years. Awards are made to the applicant’s institution.

Visit the Grant Foundation Web site to download the complete program brochure with grant guidelines and application requirements.


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