Wednesday, 6 April 2011

William T. Grant Foundation accepting applications for its Scholars Program

The William T. Grant Foundation is accepting applications for the William T. Grant Scholars Program which is a professional development program for early-career researchers in the social, behavioral, or health sciences. The program differs from traditional research grants in that it supports career development.

Applications are invited from those who already have a promising track record, but seek a qualitative shift in their trajectory as researchers. Applicants identify areas in which they seek to expand their expertise, and propose five-year research plans to develop it.

The Foundation supports research to understand and improve the everyday settings of youth ages 8 to 25 in the United States. Funding is provided to studies that enhance our understanding of: 

(1) how settings work, how they affect youth development, and how they can be improved; and (2) when, how, and under what conditions research evidence is used in policy and practice that affect youth, and how its use can be improved.

Eligible Candidates
        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 at nonprofit institutions. 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 the settings of youth ages 8 to 25 in the United States.
        Applicants of any discipline are eligible.

Eligible Organizations
Grants are limited, without exception, to tax-exempt organizations. Any organization applying for a grant must submit a copy of its Internal Revenue Service determination letter(s), or equivalent documentation for organizations located outside the United States.

The application deadline is 6 July 2011. For more information, visit this link.

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