The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports promising early-career researchers from diverse disciplines, who have demonstrated success in conducting high-quality research and are seeking to further develop and broaden their expertise.
Candidates are nominated by a supporting institution and must submit five-year research plans that demonstrate creativity, intellectual rigor, and a commitment to continued professional development. Every year, four to six William T. Grant Scholars are selected and each receives $350,000 distributed over a five-year period.
Deadline and Resources
The next deadline for applications to the William T. Grant Scholars Program is July 9, 2014. Applications will be accepted beginning in March 2014. Please review the 2014-2015 William T. Grant Scholars Application Guide for more details.
Applicants may also benefit from reviewing information on our research interests in the Resources section. Applicants interested in applying under our use of research evidence interest should review the Guidelines for Use of Research Evidence Applications.
We hosted a webinar for applicants interested in reducing inequality on March 6, 2014. Archived video from that session is available here.
To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:
- Be employed at a nonprofit institution, either in the United States or abroad. In most instances, these organizations will have 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, set up to receive and process grant awards. However, in rare cases, colleges or universities (such as Arizona State University) will not have 501(c)(3) tax exemption. If your institution fits into this category, we can instead accept an IRS determination letter which states that it is classified as a school under sections 509a1 and 170b1Aii of the IRS Code;
- Submit a project that is consistent with the Foundation's Current Research Interests;
- Address issues that have compelling relevance for theory, and policies or practices, affecting youth ages 5 to 25 in the United States or a vulnerable subpopulation of those youth; and
- Have received their terminal degree within seven years of submitting their application. In many scholarly disciplines this translates to a maximum of seven years following the award of the doctoral degree and includes time spent as a post-doctoral fellow. In medicine, the seven-year maximum is dated from the completion of the first residency. Please note, those applying in 2012 must have received their terminal degree in 2005 or later. The award may not be used as a post-doctoral fellowship.