Sponsor:  William T. Grant Foundation

Sponsor Program Solicitation: Scholars Program
Funding Amount: $350,000
Duration: 5 years

Status of this Limited Submission Opportunity

Closed - Submitting PI: Gregory Zimmerman (Criminal Justice)


NU Pre-Proposal Deadline: 05/08/2013
Sponsor Deadline: 07/08/2013

Eligibility and Nomination Requirements

Major divisions (e.g., College of Arts and Sciences, Medical School) of an institution may nominate only one applicant each year.

The nominee from the College of Social Sciences and Humanities has already been identified. Eligible applicants from other colleges who are interested in submitting should contact Karen Drew (-4824) immediately to check on the status of this opportunity.

Applicants must have received their terminal degree within seven years of submitting their application. This is calculated by adding seven years to the date the doctoral degree was conferred. Applicants must be employed in career-ladder positions at nonprofit institutions. For many applicants, this means holding a tenure-track position in a university. The award may not be used as a post-doctoral fellowship.

Four to six William T. Grant Scholars are selected by the foundation each year.

Funding Areas

The William T. Grant Foundation supports research to understand and improve the everyday settings of youth ages 8 to 25 in the United States.The Foundation funds 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.

The Scholars Program supports the professional development of early-career researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. The goal is to help Scholars tackle important questions that will advance theory, policy, and practice for youth and to do so with an expanded array of expertise that includes different methods, disciplinary perspectives, and content knowledge. Potential Scholars should have a promising track record of conducting high-quality research, but want to pursue a qualitative shift in their trajectory as researchers. The Foundation recognizes that early-career researchers often have few supports and incentives to take measured risks. So, applicants are asked to identify areas in which they want to develop their capabilities and propose five-year research and mentoring plans to facilitate that expansion. Projects should be consistent with the Foundation’s “Current Research Interests.”