The William T. Grant Foundation invests in high-quality research to ensure that young people from diverse backgrounds reach their fullest potential.
Recent trends indicate that black-white gaps in high school completion and enrollment have narrowed, but the gap in college completion has grown. Socioeconomic gaps have been steady in some areas, but have gotten worse in others. What lies behind these trends, and what can we do about it? Adam Gamoran takes on these questions and more in a new essay.
Pediatrician and child health researcher Megan Bair-Merritt shares insights from her Distinguished Fellowship and discusses the potential of research evidence for programs serving children exposed to violence.
Our new cycle of grants includes the first research projects funded under focus on programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality for young people in the U.S. Two researchers will also examine the use of research evidence in policy and practice. And two researchers awarded with Distinguished Fellowships will work in policy and practice settings to build understanding of ways that research can be more relevant to decision makers.
Former William T. Grant Foundation Distinguished Fellow Susan Maciolek outlines the opportunities and challenges that policymakers and practitioners face in integrating research evidence into their work. Synthesizing findings from Foundation-supported studies on the use of research evidence, Maciolek provides insights that may enable researchers to contribute to a knowledge base that is more relevant and, ultimately, more useful in the realm of social services.
Our focus is on research that increases our understanding of programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in child and youth outcomes; and the use of research in policy and practices that affect children and youth.
Our funding opportunities fall into four broad categories: Research Grants, William T. Grant Scholars, Distinguished Fellows, and Youth Service Improvement Grants.
Meet the board of trustees and staff of the William T. Grant Foundation, a diverse group of professionals dedicated to the well-being and positive development of young people.
The William T. Grant Foundation has been investing in research to improve the lives of children, youth, and young adults since 1936. We have supported research spanning multiple disciplines including child psychology, community mental health, and sociology.