Research Management Group (RMG)

The William T. Grant Foundation
Scholars Program

Limited funding opportunity for assistant professors with UTL and MCL faculty appointments whose research has compelling policy or practice implications for the settings of youth ages 8 to 25 in the United States. See the two required topic areas below. A university-wide internal selection process is required.


The internal selection process for 2016 has been completed. This webpage is for your reference only.

# of Stanford applicants: 1 from each major division of the university (i.e., Humanities and Sciences, Medical School.  (See the internal submission guidelines.)

Dean of Research Office internal deadline: Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 5 p.m.(see the internal submission guidelines below)
Sponsor Letter of intent deadline: July 6, 2016

Program guidelines
The program guidelines, links to documents about "successful proposals" and "studying the use of research evidence" can be downloaded from the sponsor's webpage:
(However, please see the internal submission guidelines below.)

Amount of funding: up to $350,000 over 5 years




The William T. Grant Scholars Program is for early-career researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. We encourage Scholars to tackle important questions that will advance theory, policy, and practice for youth. Applicants identify new methods, disciplines, or content they want to learn, and propose five-year research plans that foster their growth in those areas. We recognize that early-career researchers are rarely given incentives or support to take such risks, so this award includes a mentoring component. Potential Scholars should have a promising track record of conducting high-quality research, but want to pursue a significant shift in their trajectories as researchers.

We are focused on youth ages 5 to 25 in the United States. We fund research that increases our understanding

We seek research that builds stronger theory and empirical evidence in these two areas. We intend for the research we support to inform change. While we do not expect that any one study will create that change, the research should contribute to a body of useful knowledge to improve the lives of young people.


#1) Programs, Policies, and Practices that Reduce Inequality

To propose research on reducing inequality, applicants should clearly identify the dimension of inequality (e.g., race, ethnicity, economic standing, and/or immigrant origins), and make a case for its importance.

Applicants should specify the youth outcome(s) to be studied (e.g., academic, social, behavioral, and/or economic), and show that the outcomes are currently unequal. Strong proposals will establish a clear link between a particular dimension of inequality and specific youth outcomes.

Applicants should also include a compelling case for how the study is relevant to reducing inequality, not just to furthering an understanding of inequality as a problem. Inequality may be reduced by implementing a program, policy, or practice that helps disadvantaged students more than others, or by applying a universally beneficial approach in a compensatory way so that it especially helps the youth who need it most. Studies may address a key dilemma that practitioners or policymakers face in addressing unequal youth outcomes, or challenge assumptions that underlie current approaches.

See the guidelines for examples of the types of studies.

#2) The Use of Research Evidence in Policy and Practice
The Foundation supports studies that increase understanding of when and how research evidence is used in policies and practices that affect youth. We are also interested in ways to improve the use of research. We recognize that research use is rarely a simple process whereby research “facts” are passed from researchers to research users and then applied in a rational decision-making process. We are interested in the ways people individually and collectively engage with research over time, influenced by their own and their organization’s goals, motivations, routines, and political contexts. We support projects that increase understanding of how research is used to frame problems and solutions, make decisions, influence organizational learning, and guide practice improvements. These studies build knowledge of the ways in which research evidence shapes ideas and decisions. We are also interested in studies that seek to develop novel measures and methods for capturing research use. Proposals should be strong both theoretically and methodologically.


Selection criteria (see additional information in the guidelines):

1. Applicant demonstrates potential to become an influential researcher. An ability to
conduct and communicate creative, sophisticated research is proven through prior training and
publications. Competitive applicants have a promising track record of first authored, high-quality
empirical publications in peer-reviewed outlets. The quality of publications is more important
than the quantity.

2. Applicant will significantly expand his or her expertise through this award. The applicant
should identify area(s) in which the award will appreciably expand his or her expertise, and
specific details should be provided in the research and mentoring plans. Expansion of expertise
can involve a different discipline, method, and/or content area than the applicants’ prior research
and training.

See the guidelines for the detailed description of the selection criteria for the research and mentoring plans and institutional support.


Stanford internal selection process:

By Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 5 p.m., please one PDF file containing the following in the order listed below.

Jeanne Heschele
Limited Submission Program Coordinator-Vice Provost and Dean of Research Office
Funding Opportunity Administrator-Research Management Group-School of Medicine

PDF file name: Last name_WTGrant_Scholar_2016..pdf

1) Title Page:
Name of this RFA: William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Program
Topic (indicate one):
Programs, Policies, and Practices that Reduce Inequality OR
The Use of Research Evidence in Policy and Practice
Proposal Title:
PI Name, title, department, address, phone and email address

2) Nomination letter addressed to the Dean of Research Office Internal Review Committee, signed by the candidate’s mentor and department chair (this letter should also address; a brief assessment of the applicant’s research plan, and a summation of the applicant’s potential, his or her strengths, and areas for growth; his or her current relationship to the applicant, and how the award will add significant value beyond what would normally occur in the relationship; the commitment of the mentor and the department to the candidate, confirm that at least 50% of the scholar's paid time will be spent conducting research.

3) 4 page Research proposal. Identify one of the two required topics your proposal pertains to. Provide an overview of your research project.
Format: single-spaced, 1/2 inch margins, Arial or Helvetica, font size 11 or larger
References, illustrations are not included in the page total.

3) Biosketch/ CV

4) Current and pending other support (list source, term, amount of funding)


Selection process
Your proposals will be reviewed by the Dean of Research Office limited program review committee.





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