Limited submission opportunity: 2018 William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Award

Vanderbilt (VU and VUMC, collaboratively) 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.

A list of previous awardees can be found here.

Eligibility criteria

  • 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 must hold a tenure-track position.
  • Applicants should have a track record of conducting high-quality research and an interest in pursuing a significant shift in their trajectories as researchers.

Internal selection process

Anyone interested in being considered as Vanderbilt’s nominee must submit the following (in a single PDF) to by 5 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2018.

See the program website for recommended components of the Research Plan and Mentoring Plan.

  1. Research plan (1-2 pages)
  2. Mentoring plan (1-2 pages)
  3. Brief statement of support from department chair/center director
  4. Five-page CV or NIH Biosketch

Submissions should reference “2018 William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Award” in the subject line of the email. Please contact us at if you have any questions.