CALL FOR PROPOSALS: William T. Grant Scholars Program

Interested Applicants:  Please contact your Dean or Director’s office for instructions on how to apply for this opportunity.  Each “major division” may submit one application.  For the purposes of this competition, a “major division” is defined as a School or one of the 3 Independent Departments formerly under the College of Health Sciences.


The William T. Grant Foundation has announced its annual competition for the Scholars Program, which supports early-career researchers from the social, behavioral, or health sciences whose research contributes to a society that values young people and helps them reach their potential. The Foundation is particularly interested in interdisciplinary research that increases understanding of young people, ages 5 to 25. The program supports research in two focus areas: 1) programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes; and 2) the use of research evidence in policy and practice.

The Foundation will support four to six awards of $350,000 over five years.  Candidates must be nominated by a supporting institution. Applicants must be employed in a career-ladder position at a nonprofit institution. Nominees must be within seven years of receipt of their terminal degree at the time of application (in medicine, the seven-year maximum is dated from the completion of the residency). The award may not be used as a postdoctoral fellowship.

At least one mentor, who commits significant time and assistance to the researcher, must be identified. The University must commit itself to the faculty member for the five-year period with, computing equipment, facilities, remainder of salary support, and at least half of the Scholar’s time to conduct research.

Since UCI may nominate one candidate from each major division, I am requesting that you establish a selection process within your respective schools/units and distribute the call internally to eligible researchers (please note that to avoid confusion we have not copied the faculty directly on this email as we do with other limiteds). The internal school/unit deadline should be set such that the review can take place and the candidate notified in ample time to complete the full application, solicit letters of recommendation, and obtain IRB approval (if needed) prior to the July 8, 2015 due date.

Please note that the William T. Grant Foundation requires a “Letter of Independence of Multiple Applicants” which states that the UCI candidates represent distinct academic units.  My office will provide this, but please request the letter no later than June 22, 2015 via email to

More detailed information about the W. T. Grant Scholars program is available at  Questions about our internal processes may be directed to Greg Ruth at or campus extension 4-0372.

John C. Hemminger
Vice Chancellor for Research

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