New Civics Small Grants Program

Posted by Spencer Foundation on July 13, 2015

Spencer Foundation Invites Proposals for Education Research Projects

Established in 1962, the Spencer Foundation is dedicated to the belief that research is necessary to the improvement of education. To that end, the foundation supports high-quality investigations of education through its research programs and is committed to strengthening and renewing the educational research community through its fellowship and training programs as well as related activities.

Through its New Civics Small Grants Program, the foundation is accepting research proposals that ask critical questions about how education can more effectively contribute to the civic development of young people. Of special interest are projects designed to improve understandings of the avenues for and impediments to civic learning and civic action among young people who do not attend college, who reside in marginalized communities, who are recent immigrants or immigrants of a different legal status, or who are less economically advantaged.

The program awards grants of up to $50,000, typically extending over periods of one to four years.

To be eligible, principal investigators and co-PIs must have a doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or have appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. In addition, the PI must be affiliated with a college, university, school district, nonprofit research facility, or nonprofit cultural institution that is willing to serve as fiscal agent for the grant.

See the Spencer Foundation website for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and application instructions.


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