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 2015 internal deadline has passed for this program. This webpage is for your reference only.

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:
(Please see the internal submission guidelines below.)

# 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: Monday, April 27, 2015, 5 p.m.(see the internal submission guidelines below)
Institutional representative (RPM/RMG or OSR) deadline: July 1, 2015
Sponsor: July 8, 2015

Amount of funding: up to $350,000 over 5 years (4-6 scholars are selected each year)



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):




Stanford internal selection process:

By Monday, April 27, 2015, 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_2015..pdf

1) Title Page:
Name of this RFA: William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Program
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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