Foundation News & Events
Register Now: What is the Role for Social Science in Reducing Inequality? Four New Critiques
Join us for a webinar on June 8th, where we’ll be joined by Michelle Jackson (Stanford University), Cecilia Menjívar (UCLA, and President of the American Sociological Association), Elizabeth Birr Moje (University of Michigan), Herman G. van de Werfhorst (University of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Centre for Inequality Studies), and others to consider their ideas for how sociology can move from understanding the problem of inequality to illuminating responses.
With the increase in a variety of secondary data sources related to the use of research evidence and the growth of new methods and measures used in research on the use of research evidence, opportunities abound for those studying URE to advance the field. In response, for the August 2022 Officers’ research grants cycle, we […]
Like many, I am finally returning to live conferences after a hiatus of two years. Despite the still-ongoing pandemic, I am excited for the chance, with appropriate COVID protocols, to interact in person, to hear new ideas, and to share with others the latest aims and activities of the William T. Grant Foundation. The largest […]
The William T. Grant Foundation is pleased to announce the newest class of William T. Grant Scholars. Launched in 1982, the Scholars Program supports the professional development of promising researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences who have received their terminal degrees within the past seven years. To date, the program has sponsored more […]
These grants leverage the power and networks of universities to reduce inequality in youth outcomes, a persisting challenge that has become even more severe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this webinar, held on March 15, 2022, Program Officer Melissa Wooten and Senior Vice President Vivian Tseng provide an overview of eligibility details, required materials, and review criteria, as well as the background and broader goals of the William T. Grant Scholars program. Melissa and Vivian also take time to answer questions from attendees and share practical advice on how to prepare a competitive application.
The William T. Grant Foundation and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) have launched a collaborative partnership, “Increasing the Use, Usefulness and Impact of Research about Youth.” This collaboration aims to advance theory and build empirical knowledge on ways to improve the use of research evidence by policymakers, agency leaders, organizational managers, intermediaries, and other […]
The Foundation is pleased to welcome two new staff members to our team: Dwayne Linville, Director, Grantmaking Operations, and Melissa Wooten, Program Officer. Linville will lead the Grants Management Team. One of his primary responsibilities will be to ensure that the grants management system meets the needs of the Foundation’s applicants, grantees, and staff. He […]
We are very pleased to announce the finalists for the 2022 Institutional Challenge Grant competition. 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 to shift their policies and practices to […]
We are pleased to announce the finalists for the William T. Grant Scholars Program class of 2027. Eleven early-career researchers were selected from a pool of applicants after a rigorous review by our staff and Selection Committee. Fabienne Doucet, the program officer overseeing the program, said, “At such an unsettling time in the world, it […]
“Measuring Race and Racism in Studies of Research Use” is the fourth webinar in a series focused on bringing critical race perspectives to research that examines how to improve the use of research evidence in policy and practice. Past sessions have addressed the ways race matters for how research is used, what research is used, […]
Science has the potential to improve important outcomes for youth. But if the science generated isn’t used, we are failing to achieve our goal. In this webinar, Senior Program Officer Lauren Supplee and special guest Arthur Lupia of the National Science Foundation discuss our organizations’ shared interest in supporting studies of how to improve the […]
We are proud to announce four new research grants for studies on reducing inequality. Approved at the Foundation’s October Board meeting, these awards will help build theory and empirical evidence on promising strategies for reducing inequality in the outcomes of young people ages 5-25 in the U.S. Sign up for the Foundation’s mailing list to […]
On October 28th, two panels of scholars participated in a virtual forum, From Understanding Inequality to Reducing Inequality. Exploring ways for social scientists to move beyond describing and quantifying the problem of inequality and to focus instead on ways to reduce it, panelists discussed pathways through which research may lead to large-scale social change. The […]
We’re pleased to announce that Hirokazu Yoshikawa has joined the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, effective October 2021. Yoshikawa is the Courtney Sale Ross Professor of Globalization and Education at NYU Steinhardt and a University Professor at NYU, and Co-Director of the Global TIES for Children center at NYU. He is a community and developmental psychologist […]