Foundation News & Events
The newest grants, amounting to nearly $2,000,000, are being awarded to Johns Hopkins University, Northeastern University, and the University of California Santa Cruz. These institutions will work in partnership with local nonprofits or public agencies to address challenges such as youth suicide, youth employment, and educational inequality.
LGBTQ youth face disproportionate levels of harassment, bullying, depression, and substance abuse compared to non-LBGTQ peers. What is the current evidence on ways to reduce these inequalities and how might new research inform how grantmakers and service providers respond? In this webinar, held on March 17, 2021, we discuss the Foundation’s interest in supporting studies […]
Many of us may have hoped that the change in administration in Washington, DC, would have lessened the pervasive climate of hostility and xenophobia that we have experienced in the United States over the past four years. After all, a change in leadership is often regarded as prelude to culture change. Tragically, White supremacy and […]
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.
Call for Proposals: Theories of Blackness, Indigeneity, and Racialization in Research to Reduce Inequality in the Lives of Young People
This small, one-time writing fellowship incorporates three components for each participating Writing Fellow: publication of an original chapter in an edited volume, participation in a writing workshop, and presentation of parts of each chapter in a facilitated webinar series. Fellows will receive writing support and editorial feedback, participate in a writing workshop, and present portions […]
The William T. Grant Foundation is very pleased to announce the finalists for its 2021 Institutional Challenge Grant competition. 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. To do so, research institutions will need […]
The William T. Grant Foundation is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2021 William T. Grant Scholars Program. Ten early-career researchers were selected from a pool of 44 applicants after a rigorous review by our staff and Selection Committee. Fabienne Doucet, the program officer overseeing the program, said of the finalists, “This year’s finalists […]
Recognizing that findings about programs and practices that reduce inequality will have limited societal impact until the structures that create inequality in the first place have been overturned, the William T. Grant Foundation is particularly interested in research to combat systemic racism and the structural foundations of inequality that limit the life chances of young […]
Researcher-Policymaker Collaboration in COVID-19: Lessons Learned from Boston’s Summer Jobs Program
In this webinar, held by the American Youth Policy Forum, Alicia Modestino and Midori Morikawa, recipients of a recent Rapid Response Research grant, discuss strategies for developing a long-term researcher-policymaker relationship, including responsiveness to policymaker needs, co-creation of research agendas, and accessible translation of research findings.
Critical race theory provides a useful lens for understanding how racism pervades our research and policy institutions and ways we might reconstruct them in more equitable ways. On October 1, the Foundation hosted a virtual panel discussion, “Critical Race Perspectives on the Use of Research Evidence,” which featured three researchers offering ideas about how to […]
In this role, Dr. Supplee will lead the Foundation’s initiatives on improving the use of research evidence and its Institutional Challenge Grants program.
We are pleased to announce three new members of the William T. Grant Scholars Selection Committee, a dedicated group of academics who are committed to the Scholars Program’s priorities of career development, mentoring, and the bold pursuit of new research challenges. Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, Cynthia Coburn, and David Takeuchi began their term in July 2020. We […]
As we make our way through this terrible time, with the health and economic devastation of the pandemic disproportionately manifested in communities of color compounded by searing examples of racial injustice, we reflect on what more we, as a funder of social science research on youth, can do to combat racial and economic inequality in […]
Adam Gamoran will be joined by research grantees Max Crowley and Itzhak Yanovitzky, each of whom will share details of the specific issues their respective studies aim to address, the strategies they are examining, and ways they have approached the question of how to evaluate impact and assess change.
The swift, systematic review of existing research is jointly designed by both partners to ensure that the questions guiding the synthesis are responsive to real information needs of decision makers.