William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Program

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The William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Program supports tenure-track early career investigators, within seven years of receiving terminal degree, in the social, behavioral and health sciences. Program focuses include improving the use of research evidence and reducing inequality for youth ages 5-25 in the United States.

Applicants should have a track record of conducting high-quality research and an interest in pursuing a significant shift in their trajectories as researchers. Awards are 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. Proposed research plans must address questions that are relevant to policy and practice in the Foundation’s focus areas.

Award: 4-6 awards of up to $350,000 over 5 years


  • Have received a terminal degree within seven years of application submission
  • Hold a tenure-track position

Georgetown University has been invited to submit one application. Medical Center faculty interested in pursuing this opportunity should submit:

  • a one-page outline of your research proposal
  • a NIH-type biosketch (5-page limit)

as a single .pdf document (both abstract and biosketch) to Jennifer Kluge at jck67@georgetown.edu no later than Friday, May 10, 2019.

Internal Proposal:                                                        May 10, 2019
Reference Letters (if nominated):                               June 12, 2019
Full Application Deadline (if nominated):                   July 2, 2019


Contact: Please direct further questions to Becky Pfordresher, Interim Senior Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations, (202) 687-1023 or Becky.Pfordresher@georgetown.edu

Various resources are available to Georgetown investigators.  We encourage you to visit the Office of the Dean for ResearchResearch Development Services, and the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations.