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AGENCY: William T. Grant Foundation

PROGRAM: William T. Grant Scholars Program

OBJECTIVES: This program supports the professional development of early-career researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. The goal is to help Scholars tackle important questions that will advance theory, policy, and practice for youth and to do so with an expanded array of expertise that includes different methods, disciplinary perspectives, and content knowledge.

Potential Scholars should have a promising track record of conducting high-quality research, but want to pursue a qualitative shift in their trajectory as researchers. The Foundation recognizes that early-career researchers often have few supports and incentives to take measured risks. So, applicants are asked to identify areas in which they want to develop their capabilities and propose five-year research and mentoring plans to facilitate that expansion.

Proposed research plans must fit the Foundation’s research interests. It currently supports research to understand and improve the everyday settings of youth ages 8 to 25 in the United States. Specifically, the Foundation funds studies that enhance understanding of:

• How youth settings work, how they affect youth development, and how they can be improved; and

• When, how, and under what conditions research evidence is used in policy and practice that affect youth, and how its use can be improved.

Please see the link to the program announcement below for further details.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Applicants must be nominated by their institutions. Major divisions (e.g., College of Arts and Sciences, Medical School) of an institution may nominate only one applicant each year.

Applicants must have received their terminal degree within seven years of submitting their application (this is calculated by adding seven years to the date the doctoral degree was conferred. In medicine, the seven year maximum is dated from the completion of the first residency). Applicants must be employed in career-ladder positions at nonprofit institutions. For many applicants, this means holding a tenure-track position in a university. The award may not be used as a post-doctoral fellowship.

BU Internal Deadline: June 11, 2012
Application Deadline: July 3, 2012

FUNDING INFORMATION: Award recipients are designated William T. Grant Scholars. Each year, four to six Scholars are selected and each receives $350,000, distributed over five years. Awards begin July 1 and are made to the applicant’s institution. The award must not replace the institution’s current support of the applicant’s research.

William T. Grant Foundation
570 Lexington Avenue, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10022-6837
Telephone: 212-752-0071
Fax: 212-752-1398
E-mail: info@wtgrantfdn.org
Web: http://www.wtgrantfdn.org/funding_opportunities/fellowships/william_t__grant_scholars

INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS: Each major division of the institution is permitted to nominate one individual. Faculty wishing to be considered for nomination should forward: (1) a letter of recommendation from the appropriate Department Chair or Research Mentor, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) a brief description of your research to OSP Executive Director Joan Kirkendall, Office of Sponsored Programs, 25 Buick Street, Boston, MA 02215. Nomination material will be collected and forwarded to the Office of the Vice President for Research for final selection. All nomination material should be received by Monday, June 11, 2012.

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using the Grants.gov system. Instructions and forms are available on the Grants.Gov website (http://www.grants.gov). Additional information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP website at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. Please contact the OSP Research Administrator assigned to your school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through the Grants.gov system.

Complete program guidelines and application material may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP website at http://www.bu.edu/osp.