Limited Submission Programs - William T. Grant Scholars Program

Summary of Opportunity
William T. Grant Scholars Program
OSP Deadline

07/03/14 by 8:30 a.m. CST

Funding Agency Deadline 07/09/14 by 3 p.m. EST
Funding or Award Criteria

Program Description: The William T. Grant Scholars Program is for early-career researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. We encourage Scholars to be ambitious in their research by tackling 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 require them to gain new skills 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. Successful Scholars have designed plans that enriched their work and the strength and relevance of their findings. A quantitative researcher gained skills in qualitative work and began using a mixedmethods approach. And, a sociologist with expertise in community-based organizations learned about youth development in order to study how such organizations serve children and adolescents.

  • 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.
  • The award may not be used as a post-doctoral fellowship
  • Applicants must be employed in career-ladder positions. For many applicants, this means holding a tenure-track position in a university.
  • Applicants of any discipline are eligible.
Applicable Field(s)


For the past decade, understanding and improving the social settings of young people has been a major focus of the Foundation. In 2014, we announced a new focus on reducing inequality, which will replace the social settings initiative. For the 2014–2015 transition year, we will accept Scholars applications on all three topics: (1) reducing inequality, (2) understanding the use of research evidence, and (3) understanding social settings.

Number of Nominees Allowed One (1) proposal from each major division (College, School)
Required Internal Review Documents

NON-STANDARD: Deans, Associate Deans or their Designee should screen all departmental internal candidates and select the sole nominee to move forward from their division to the application stage. Additionally, departments are asked to inform all internal candidates of the final determination, because the VPR's office will not be involved in the selection process.

Please send the selected candidate’s information to the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) via no later than June 9, 2014. The successful candidate’s information will be posted on the limited submission website. If OSP receives an application from someone other than the selected candidate, OSP will not submit the application to ensure that an individual not selected by their college/school does not proceed. OSP will seek verification from the Dean/Associate Dean for Research in such an instance.

Nominee(s) Selected to Advance

Dr. Wenhong Chen, Moody College of Communication

Dr. Jessica Toste, College of Education

Posting Date 03/11/14