William T. Grant Scholars

04/16/2013, 5:00 PM

To: All Faculty in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Schools of Education, Public Health and Health Sciences, and Nursing


The following is a limited submission opportunity with only one applicant nominated from a major division of an institution each year (e.g., SBS, Education, PHHS, Nursing). If you are interested in submitting to this program please contact me by April 16, 2013.


William T. Grant Scholars


Program Description:

The William T. Grant Scholars Program is for early-career researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. The goal of the program is to support the development of Scholars as they expand their skills and conduct high-quality research with mentoring from senior colleagues. We encourage Scholars to be ambitious in their research by tackling important questions that will advance theory, policy, and practice for youth. Applicants identify new methods, disciplines, or content they want to learn, and propose five-year research plans that require them to gain new skills in those areas. We recognize that early-career researchers are rarely given incentives or support to take such risks, so this award includes a mentoring component. Applicants create mentoring plans—identifying appropriate senior colleagues in the area of proposed development—to aid in acquiring new expertise and producing stronger work.

Potential Scholars should have a promising track record of conducting high quality research, but want to pursue a qualitative shift in their trajectories as researchers. Successful Scholars have designed plans that enriched their work and the strength and relevance of their findings. A quantitative researcher gained skills in qualitative work and began using a mixed methods approach. And, a sociologist with expertise in community-based organizations learned about youth development in order to study how such organizations serve children and adolescents.

Current Research Interests

Proposed research plans must fit the Foundation’s research interests. We currently support research to understand and improve the everyday settings of youth ages 8 to 25 in the United States. Specifically, we fund studies that enhance 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.


Sponsor Deadline:

July 8, 2013