Distinguished Fellows Program

Posted by William T. Grant Foundation on June 29, 2015

William T. Grant Foundation Invites Letters of Inquiry for Distinguished Fellows Program

The William T. Grant Foundation’s Distinguished Fellows Program is designed to increase the supply of, demand for, and use of high-quality research in the service of improved youth outcomes. To accomplish this goal, the program provides influential mid-career researchers with opportunities to immerse themselves in practice or policy settings and gives influential practitioners and policy makers the opportunity to work in research settings.

The program encourages mid-career researchers to submit proposals that are designed to deepen their understanding of policy processes and practice settings, and invites policy makers and practitioners to propose projects that will enhance their capacities to recognize and use high-quality research.

Proposed fellowships must fit the Grant Foundation’s research interests. The foundation currently supports research aimed at understanding and improving the everyday settings of youth in the United States. Specifically, the foundation funds studies that enhance the understanding of how youth settings work, how they affect youth development, and how they can be improved; and when, how, and under what conditions research evidence is used in policy and practice that affect youth, and how its use can be improved.

To be eligible, applicants must be an influential mid-career practitioner, policy maker, or researcher employed at a tax-exempt organization, and able to propose one or two tax-exempt private or governmental organizations that are willing to “house” and mentor them during the fellowship. For the purposes of this program, a mid-career professional is defined as having eight to twenty years of cumulative experience in his/her current role as a researcher, policy maker, or practitioner.

The program generally selects between one and four fellows annually. Each will receive up to $175,000 (including direct and indirect costs) for the total duration of the fellowship. Fellowships may range from six months to two years. The foundation also may provide a small grant of up to $25,000 to the fellowship site to defray the costs associated with hosting a fellow.

Letters of Inquiry must be received no later than August 4, 2015. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full applications and will be notified of deadline options.

Visit the William T. Grant Foundation website for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and application instructions.



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