Office of Research

William T. Grant Scholars 2014

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The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports promising early-career researchers from diverse disciplines, who have demonstrated success in conducting high-quality research and are seeking to further develop and broaden their expertise.

Candidates are nominated by a supporting institution and must submit five-year research plans that demonstrate creativity, intellectual rigor, and a commitment to continued professional development. Every year, four to six William T. Grant Scholars are selected and each receives $350,000 distributed over a five-year period.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:

  • Be employed at a nonprofit institution, either in the United States or abroad. In most instances, these organizations will have 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, set up to receive and process grant awards. However, in rare cases, colleges or universities (such as Arizona State University) will not have 501(c)(3) tax exemption. If your institution fits into this category, we can instead accept an IRS determination letter which states that it is classified as a school under sections 509a1 and 170b1Aii of the IRS Code;
  • Submit a project that is consistent with the Foundation's Current Research Interests;
  • Address issues that have compelling relevance for theory, and policies or practices, affecting the settings of youth ages 8 to 25 in the United States or a vulnerable subpopulation of those youth; and
  • Have received their terminal degree within seven years of submitting their application. In many scholarly disciplines this translates to a maximum of seven years following the award of the doctoral degree and includes time spent as a post-doctoral fellow. In medicine, the seven-year maximum is dated from the completion of the first residency. Please note, those applying in 2012 must have received their terminal degree in 2005 or later. The award may not be used as a post-doctoral fellowship.

Application Instructions

Only one candidate may be nominated in one year from any major division of an institution (e.g., College of Arts and Sciences, Medical School). The chair of the nominating division should submit a nominating statement to by Thursday, April 11, 2013. If there is more than one candidate per major division (school/college), the internal Proposal Review Committee will coordinate the selection process. The sponsor’s instructions recommend that applicants should begin the online application by early June 2013 and select “Notify” in the mentors and references. Applicant should ask their mentors and references to be aware of these emails as they may get caught by spam filters.

Opportunity Details

Program web page

Program Announcement No.


04/11/2013 UW Internal Deadline Closed
07/01/2013 OSP Deadline
07/08/2013 Sponsor Deadline

William T. Grant Foundation

Funding amount


Maximum Number of Applications

1 (1 nomination per major division (school/college))

Eligible groups
  • All campus

Inquiries and Contact Information

Investigators who identify a grant, award or fellowship program that restricts the number of applications that can be submitted from an Institution should immediately contact their Chairperson, Associate Dean for Research (or Dean, if no ADR) and the Office of Research (see below) if they intend to prepare a response. Failure to do so, or to meet the deadlines for submission of pre-proposal, will preclude submission of the application through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

For general inquiries, or to request a listing of a limited submission opportunity that should be but is not already listed, please email us at