William T. Grant Scholars Program

Please see the full solicitation for complete information about the funding opportunity. Below is a summary assembled by the Research & Innovation Office (RIO).

Program Summary 

The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas.

Applicants should have a track record of conducting high- quality research and an interest in pursuing a significant shift in their trajectories as researchers. We recognize that early- career researchers are rarely given incentives or support to take measured risks in their work, so this award includes a mentoring component, as well as a supportive academic community.

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 application should make a cohesive argument for how the applicant will expand his or her expertise. The research plan should evolve in conjunction with the development of new expertise, and the mentoring plan should describe how the proposed mentors will support applicants in acquiring that expertise. Proposed research plans must address questions that are relevant to policy and practice in the Foundation’s focus areas.

The Foundation’s mission is to support research to improve the lives of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. We pursue 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 or Improving the Use of Research Evidence.

Deadlines

CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST May 10, 2020

Sponsor Mentor and Reference Letter Deadline: 3:00pm MST June 19, 2020

Sponsor Application Deadline: 3:00pm MST July 1, 2020

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • College/School
  • Research Plan (up to 3 pages): Please include the following elements: fit with one of the Foundation’s current focus areas, demonstrate your mastery of relevant theory and empirical findings and clearly state the theoretical and empirical contributions to the existing research base, relevance to policy or practice, research questions/design/methods/analysis plan, research plan feasibility, demonstrate how the research will expand your expertise in new and significant ways.
  • Mentoring Plan (up to 2 pages): Please include the following elements: proposed mentor(s) for first two years of program, mentoring activities (interaction description, frequency).
  • Curriculum Vitae: The CV needs to demonstrate prior training and a promising track record of first-authored, high-quality empirical publications in peer-reviewed outlets. The quality of publications is more important than the quantity.
  • Budget Overview (1 page maximum): A basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required.

To access the online application, visit: https://cuboulderovcr.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/6488/home

Eligibility

Applicants must be nominated by their institutions. Major divisions (e.g., colleges, schools) 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. This is calculated 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. 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.

Limited Submission Guidelines

Only one application per major division (college, school) may be nominated.

Award Information

Award Amount: $350,000

Expected Number of Awards: 4-6 Scholars are selected annually.

Award Duration: 5 years

Review Criteria and Process

Selection is based on applicants’ potential to become influential researchers, as well as their plans to expand their expertise in new and significant ways. The application should make a cohesive argument for how the applicant will expand his or her expertise. The research plan should evolve in conjunction with the development of new expertise, and the mentoring plan should describe how the proposed mentors will support applicants in acquiring that expertise.

See the full solicitation for complete details describing the evaluation criteria for the applicant, research plan, mentoring plan, and institutional support.

Review occurs in the following stages: Staff screen abstracts, brief CVs, and, if warranted, full applications to determine whether they fit our research focus areas and potentially meet other Selection Criteria. Next, the Scholars Selection Committee reviews the remaining applications. Each application receives detailed reviews by two Committee members. The Committee then chooses approximately 10 finalists, who will be invited to New York City for an interview on February 5, 2021.