The William T. Grant Foundation is pleased to announce the finalists for the William T. Grant Scholars Program class of 2028. Eleven early-career researchers were selected from a pool of 43 applicants after a rigorous review by our staff and Selection Committee.
Melissa Wooten, the program officer managing the program, said, “It’s very promising to see that our Scholars’ finalists this year hail from such disparate disciplines, including communications, economics, public policy, psychology, sociology, and biostatics. This extraordinary group of early career researchers are committed to stretching their expertise in new directions to tackle a broad array of issues that will certainly make an impact on the lives of many young people.”
Applicants for the Scholars Program propose five-year research and mentoring plans designed to expand their skills and knowledge. 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.
This extraordinary group of early career researchers are committed to stretching their expertise in new directions to tackle a broad array of issues that will certainly make an impact on the lives of many young people
The eleven finalists will be interviewed in February 2023 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.
William T. Grant Scholars Finalists
Elizabeth Ackert, Ph.D.
Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara
Thomas Billard, Ph.D.
Department of Communication Studies, Northwestern University
NaLette Brodnax, Ph.D.
McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University
Siwei Cheng, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology, New York University
Felipe Goncalves, Ph.D.
Department of Economics, University of California, Los Angeles
Adam Haber, Ph.D.
Department of Environmental Health & Biostatistics, Harvard University
Peter Hull, Ph.D.
Department of Economics, Brown University
Mariah Kornbluh, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology, University of Oregon
Amy Li, Ph.D.
Department of Educational Policy Studies, Florida International University
Sally Nuamah, Ph.D.
Department of Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University
Amanda Raffoul, Ph.D.
Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital; Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Read more about the William T. Grant Scholars Program.