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William T Grant Foundation Scholars Award

Internal Due Date: Past Due

Foundation Due Date: Due early July annually

Number of Applications: 1 per School or College


The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports promising early-career researchers from diverse disciplines, who have demonstrated success in conducting high-quality research and are seeking to further develop and broaden their expertise.

Candidates are nominated by a supporting institution and submit five-year research plans that should demonstrate creativity, intellectual rigor, and a commitment to continued professional development. Every year, four to six William T. Grant Scholars are selected and each receives $350,000 distributed over a five-year period.
Current Research Interests

The Foundation is focused on youth ages 5 to 25 in the United States. It funds research that increases understanding of:

  • programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes; and
  • the use of research evidence in policy and practice.

The Foundation seeks research that builds stronger theory and empirical evidence in these two areas. They intend for the research they support to inform change. While they 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.

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. Eligibility criteria include:

  • Applicants must have received their terminal degree within seven years of submitting their application. We calculate this 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. For many applicants, this means holding a tenure-track position in a university. Applicants in other types of organizations should be in positions in which there is a pathway to advancement in a research career at the organization and the organization is fiscally responsible for the applicant’s position. The award may not be used as a post-doctoral fellowship.
  • Applicants outside the United States are eligible. As with U.S. applicants, they must pursue research that has compelling policy or practice implications for youth in the United States.
  • Applicants of any discipline are eligible.


Submission Limitations: Emory University may nominate only one applicant from each major division of the institution (e.g., Emory College, School of Medicine, School of Public Health, etc).

Internal Competition Guidelines: Interested applicants must submit an abstract of their proposed projects (not to exceed 2 pages) and an NIH-style biosketch to Trish Haugaard via e-mail ( ) by no later than the internal deadline above for consideration. [It is very helpful if the abstract and biosketch can be combined into a single PDF with the abstract first.] Please put William T Grant – Candidate Name in the subject line of the e-mail. Please note that written reviews or summary statements from the internal review and selection process will not be available.