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. A university-wide internal selection process is required.

This webpage contains the 2014 internal selection process for your reference only. A separate announcement will be distributed in 2015.

Program guidelines
These program guidelines are for your reference only. Please see the internal submission guidelines at the end of bottom of this webpage.

# of Stanford nominees: 1 from each major division of the university (i.e., Humanities and Sciences, Medical School)

Dean of Research Office internal deadline: (see the internal submission guidelines below)

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


The Foundation supports research to understand and improve the everyday settings of youth ages 8 to 25 in the United States. We fund studies that enhance our understanding of:

Programs, Policies, and Practices that Reduce Inequality
Applicants should clearly specify the domains of inequality and outcomes to be studied (e.g., socioeconomic gaps in achievement); the hypothesized leverage points for reducing inequality; and how findings will improve policies, programs, or practices. See the guidelines for additional details.

Use of research evidence
We support studies that expand explanations of when and how research is used, examine attempts to improve the use or usefulness of research, or assess the consequences of using research. We are also interested in measurement studies that seek to develop novel measures and methods for capturing research use.

Social Settings
We aim to understand the everyday settings of youth ages 5 to 25 in the United States. At their best, these settings embed youth within a network of engaging activities; ample resources; meaningful relationships with adults and peers; and opportunities for academic, social, emotional, and identity development. Studies focused on youth settings should have strong theory and measures.
We define settings as the social environments in which youth experience daily life. These include environments with clear boundaries such as classrooms, schools, and youth-serving organizations as well as those with less prescribed boundaries such as neighborhoods, families, or peer groups. At their best, these settings embed youth within a network of engaging activities; ample resources; meaningful relationships; and opportunities for academic, social, emotional, and identity development.

Selection criteria (see additional information in the guidelines):

a) 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.
b) 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 the research and mentoring plans should strongly reflect that. This can include developing expertise in a different discipline, method, and/or content area.

Stanford internal selection process:

By Monday, April 28, 2014, at 12 noon, 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_2014..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 three 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)






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