The William T. Grant Foundation invests in high-quality research focused on reducing inequality in youth outcomes and improving the use of research evidence in decisions that affect young people in the United States.

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

William T. Grant Scholars Program

The online application is now open. The deadline for applications is July 7, 2021, 3:00pm EST.

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Research Grants on Improving the Use of Research Evidence

The online application is now open. The next deadline for letters of inquiry is May 5, 2021, 3:00pm EST.

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Research Grants on Reducing Inequality

The online application is now open. The next deadline for letters of inquiry is May 5, 2021, 3:00pm EST.

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Featured Updates

Vivian’s Voice

Meeting this Moment (Part II): Unpacking Anti-Asian Racism

Reflecting on the Asian American experience in the context of the recent wave of anti-Asian violence and discrimination in the U.S., Vivian Tseng writes that the research community can meet this historic moment for racial justice with “solution-oriented research that not only richly theorizes anti-Asian racism but also identifies ways to counter racism, xenophobia, and other forms of oppression.”

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Webinar

Politics, Power, and the Use of Research Evidence

Hosted by the Foundation and the Forum for Youth Investment on March 11, 2021, this webinar focuses on how concepts such as the perceived objective nature of evidence, the positionality of the researcher in policymaking, and the role of power and politics in the use of research evidence are critical to understand as we study how to improve the use of research evidence.

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Grantee Voices

Reflections from the Reducing Inequality Convening: Research During the COVID-19 Pandemic

When we asked grantees in our reducing inequality focus area what they wanted to talk about at our annual convening in December, COVID-19 was top of mind. In this post, Program Officer Jenny Irons shares the lessons we’ll take from this moment and carry into the future.

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Foundation News

2021 Institutional Challenge Grant Finalists

Launched in 2017, the Institutional Challenge Grant encourages research institutions to build long-term research-practice partnerships with public agencies or nonprofit organizations in order to reduce inequality in youth outcomes. The program aims to bring research, policy, and practice communities together in ways that advance the use of research evidence and reduce inequality in youth outcomes.

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Webinar

Reducing Inequality for LGBTQ Youth and Families

In this webinar, held on March 17, 2021, we discuss the Foundation’s interest in supporting studies on improving outcomes for LGBTQ youth, how this interest fits into our broader focus on reducing inequality in youth outcomes, and how other philanthropies can bolster their programs for LGBTQ youth and families by investing in relevant research. President Adam Gamoran and Program Officer Jenny Irons are joined by two William T. Grant Scholars, Rachel Farr (University of Kentucky) and Mark Hatzenbeuhler (Harvard University), who outline their respective research on policies and practices aimed at mitigating negative effects of discrimination and bullying on LGBTQ youth and families.

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