Limited Submission - The William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Program

Limited funding opportunity for Assistant Professors with UTL, MCL and NTLR faculty appointments whose research has compelling policy or practice implications for the settings of youth ages 8 to 25 in the United States. A school-wide internal selection process is required.



Number of Stanford Applicants:  1 from each major division of the university (Education, Humanities and Sciences, Medicine)

Contacts for Each School:

School of Humanities and Sciences:  Sonia Barragan (

School of Education:  Irene Lam (

School of Medicine:  Chelsey Perry (


  • School of H&S internal deadline: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 (see internal submission guidelines below)
  • Finalist selected: Monday, May 16, 2020.

For the applicant selected in H&S:

  • Mentor and reference letter deadline: June 17, 2020.
  • 5 Business-day Internal Deadline, Proposal submitted to OSR for review:  June 24, 2020, 9am.
  • Sponsor deadline: July 1, 2020, 3pm EST.

Program Guidelines:
The program guidelines, application instructions, and applicant resources may be downloaded from the sponsor’s webpage

Amount of funding: 

Up to $350,000 over 5 years (4 - 6 to be awarded)


  • Applicants must be employed in career-ladder positions. For many applicants, this means holding a tenure-track position in a university.
  • Stanford eligibility clarification: Assistant Professors with UTL, MCL, NTLR faculty appointments.
  • 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 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.
  • Applicants should have a track record of conducting high-quality research and an interest in pursuing a significant shift in their trajectories as researchers.
  • Proposed research plans must address questions that are relevant to policy and practice in the Foundation’s focus areas.

The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas.

Focus areas:

The Foundation’s mission is to support research to improve the lives of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. Researchers interested in applying for a William T. Grant Scholars Award must select one focus area:

  • Reducing Inequality: In this focus area, we support studies that aim to build, test, or increase understanding of programs, policies, or practices to reduce inequality in the academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes of young people, especially on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins.
  • Improving the Use of Research Evidence: In this focus area, we support research to identify, build, and test strategies to ensure that research evidence is used in ways that benefit youth. We are particularly interested in research on improving the use of research evidence by state and local decision makers, mid-level managers, and intermediaries.

Selection Criteria:

Selection is based on applicants’ potential to become influential researchers, as well as their plans to expand their expertise in new and significant ways. The application should make a cohesive argument for how the applicant will expand his or her expertise. The research plan should evolve in conjunction with the development of new expertise, and the mentoring plan should describe how the proposed mentors will support applicants in acquiring that expertise.


By May 5th please create one PDF file containing the following in the order listed below.

PDF file name: Last name_WTGrant_Scholar_2020.pdf


You can submit your internal proposal directly to Sonia Barragan:

Sonia Barragan

Executive Director, Research Administration

  1. Title Page
  • Name of this RFA:  William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Program.
  • Topic (indicate one): Reducing Inequality or Improving the Use of Research Evidence.
  • Proposal Title:
  • PI Name, title, department, address, and email address

  1. Nomination Letter addressed to Dean Satz

Letter should be printed on department letterhead and signed by the candidate’s mentor and department chair. This letter should 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. The letter should include his or her current relationship to the applicant and how the award will add significant value beyond what would normally occur in the relationship. Please also confirm the commitment of the mentor and the department to the candidate.

  1. Research Proposal (4 pages)

Project Title:

Identify one of the two required topics your proposal pertains to and 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.

4) PI Biosketch

5) Current and Pending Support (list source, term, amount of funding)

Selection Process:

Your proposals will be reviewed by the Deans in H&S and a finalist will be identified by May 16th.