University of Southern California


William T. Grant Foundation – Scholars Program (for Early-Career Researchers)

Slots:                                                     One       [Major divisions (e.g., College of Arts and Sciences, Medical School) of an institution may nominate only one applicant each year.)]                                  
Nomination per School:               One      
Proposals may not be submitted directly by the PI; nominations are submitted by the School’s Research Dean’s Office.    

LOI:                                                        N/A
Internal Deadline:                           May 16, 2014
External Deadline:                          July 9, 2014
Award Information:                        Type: Research Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 4-6
Anticipated Amount: $350,000

Materials to Office of Research: Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt.).
CV – (4 pages maximum)

Link to Award:


The William T. Grant Scholars Program is for early-career researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. We encourage Scholars to tackle 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 foster their growth 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.

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.