Vanderbilt University may submit one nominee per major school/division for the William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Program.
The award amount is $350,000 distributed over five years, and the goal of the program is to support career development for promising early career researchers in one of two focus areas:
1) programs, policies and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes, and
2) strategies to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth.
The program funds research and mentoring plans that significantly expand junior researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods and content areas. The foundation recognizes that early career researchers are rarely given incentives or support to take such risks, so this award includes a mentoring component as well as an emphasis on community and collaboration.