Finalists for 2016 William T. Grant Scholars Program Awards

We are proud to announce the finalists for the William T. Grant Scholars Program. These 10 early-career researchers were selected from a pool of 63 applicants after a rigorous review by our staff and selection committee.

Applicants for the Scholars Program propose five-year research and mentoring plans designed to expand their skills and knowledge in a new discipline, content area, or method. Applicants are nominated by their institutions and only one applicant can be named from any one major division (e.g., College of Arts and Sciences, medical school, etc.). Nominating institutions must formally agree to support the applicant’s research goals with sufficient resources during the grant period, so the nomination reflects the institution’s serious commitment to the applicant and his or her career.

The 10 finalists will be interviewed in February 2016 and four to six Scholars will be announced in March. Selected Scholars will each receive $350,000 over five years and participate in annual meetings.

The Scholars Program began in 1982 and has a rich history of supporting the development of early-career researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences.

The 2016 William T. Grant Scholars finalists are:
  • Matthew Desmond, Ph.D., Department of Sociology and Social Studies, Harvard University
  • Mesmin Destin, Ph.D., Department of Human Development and Social Policy/Psychology, Northwestern University
  • Laura Hamilton, Ph.D., Department of Sociology, University of California, Merced
  • Jacob Hibel, Ph.D., Department of Sociology, University of California, Davis
  • Jennifer Kubota, Ph.D., Department of Psychology and Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, University of Chicago
  • Kristin Long, Ph.D., Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Boston University
  • Jennifer McDermott, Ph.D., Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Massachusetts
  • Taryn Morrissey, Department of Public Administration and Policy, American University
  • Matthew Notowidigdo, Ph.D., Department of Economics, Northwestern University
  • Kristin Turney, Department of Sociology, University of California, Irvine
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