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Support the Professional Development of Early-Career Researchers

William T. Grant Scholars Program

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Foundation / Corporation

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William T. Grant Foundation

Deadline Date:

07/06/22 3:00 PM EST

Description:

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International tax-exempt organizations to support the professional development of early-career researchers. Funding is intended for researchers at the beginning of their careers to carry out research in one of two focus areas while receiving mentoring and support. Focus areas include reducing inequality and improving the use of research evidence.

The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas. Awards are based on applicants’ potential to become influential researchers, as well as their plans to expand their expertise in new and significant ways.

The Foundation’s mission is to support research to improve the lives of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. The Foundation pursues this mission by supporting research within two focus areas. Researchers interested in applying for a William T. Grant Scholars Award must select one focus area:

Reducing Inequality: In this focus area, studies that aim to build, test, or increase understanding of programs, policies, or practices to reduce inequality in the academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes of young people, especially on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins are supported.

Improving the Use of Research Evidence: In this focus area, research on strategies to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit young people ages 5-25 in the United States is supported. The Foundation invites studies from a range of disciplines, fields, and methods, and encourages investigations into various youth-serving systems, including justice, housing, child welfare, mental health, and education. Previous studies have drawn on conceptual and empirical work from political science, communication science, knowledge mobilization, implementation science, and organizational psychology, among other areas.

For more information on program focus areas, see http://wtgrantfoundation.org/library/uploads/2022/03/2022-Application-Guide-WTG-Scholars.pdf#page=5.

The Foundation's goals for the grant program are two-fold. First, it seeks to strengthen the mentoring received by  Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian and Asian Pacific Islander American junior researchers and to position them for professional success. Second, it wants to support William T. Grant Scholars and principal investigators in developing a stronger understanding of the career development issues facing their junior colleagues of color and to strengthen their mentoring relationships with them. In the longer term, the Foundation hopes this grant program will increase the number of strong, well-networked researchers of color doing research on the Foundation’s interests and help foster more diverse, equitable, and inclusive academic environments. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169550

Number of Grants:

Four to six

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each scholar receives up to $350,000, distributed over five years, including up to 7.5% indirect costs.

Term of Contract:

The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans. Awards begin July 1, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Organizations: The Foundation makes grants only to tax-exempt organizations, not individuals.

Proposals from organizations that are under-represented among grantee institutions, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), Alaska Native-Serving Institutions, Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions, and Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) are encouraged.

Eligible Applicants: Applicants must be nominated by their institutions. Major divisions (e.g., College of Arts and Sciences, Medical School) of an institution may nominate only one applicant each year. Applicants of any discipline are eligible.

Applicants must have received their terminal degree within seven years of submitting their application.

Applicants must be employed in career-ladder positions. 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 youth in the United States.

The award must not replace the institution’s current support of the applicant’s research.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Online Application Opens: April 1, 2022, 3 PM EST
- Mentor and Reference Letter Deadline: June 15, 2022, 3 PM EST
- Application Deadline: July 6, 2022, 3 PM EST
- Announcement of Awards: March 2023

Applicants are encouraged to begin the application as early as possible to review the online application and allow enough time to resolve any technical issues that may arise.

View the grant overview webinar: http://wtgrantfoundation.org/webinar-william-t-grant-scholars-an-overview-of-the-program-and-how-to-apply

For additional relevant links, see URL for Full Text (RFP).

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online: https://wtg.smartsimple.com/s_Login.jsp

William T. Grant Foundation
60 East 42nd Street, 43rd Floor
New York, NY 10165
Tel: 212.752.0071
info@wtgrant.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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