The New York City-based William T. Grant Foundation supports research aimed at improving the lives of young people between the ages of 5 and 25 in the United States.
To that end, the foundation is inviting applications for its Scholars Program. Through the program, teams of four to six scholars in any discipline will be awarded up to $350,000 over five years in support of research and mentoring plans with the potential to significantly expand researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas. Scholars also will receive career development opportunities, including summer retreats and foundation-sponsored workshops on topics relevant to their work (e.g., mixed methods, reducing inequality, and the use of research evidence in policy and practice). Research must be conducted within one of two focus areas:
Reducing Inequality — Research to build, test, and increase understanding of approaches to reducing inequality in youth outcomes, especially on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins. The foundation seeks descriptive studies that clarify mechanisms for reducing inequality or elucidate how or why a specific program, policy, or practice operates to reduce inequality; intervention studies that examine attempts to reduce inequality; and studies with the potential to improve the measurement of inequality in ways that can enhance the work of researchers, practitioners, or policy makers.
Improving the Use of Research Evidence — Research to identify, build, and test strategies to ensure that research evidence is used in ways that benefit youth. The foundation is particularly interested in research on improving the use of research evidence by state and local decision makers, mid-level managers, and intermediaries. Research within this focus area must identify or test strategies aimed at improving the use of existing research; identify or test strategies for producing more useful research evidence; or test the assumption that using high-quality research improves decision making and youth outcomes.
To be eligible, applicants must be nominated by their institutions, have received their terminal degree within seven years of submitting an application, and be employed in a career-ladder position (e.g., a tenure-track position in a university). In addition, the institution must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
See the William T. Grant website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.