William T. Grant Foundation Selects Four New Scholars

April 20th, 2010

The William T. Grant Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of the latest class of William T. Grant Scholars. These four exceptional early-career researchers have designed rigorous five-year research and mentoring plans that will help them expand their skills and knowledge in a new discipline, content area, or method. Each Scholar receives $350,000 over five years and attends annual meetings to help them improve their skills and work. The William T. Grant Scholars Program has a 27-year history of supporting early-career researchers in the social and behavioral sciences. One hundred thirty-eight Scholars have been named during the history of the program.

“The goal of this program is to identify promising early-career scholars and give them financing, mentorship, and interdisciplinary experiences to make them even better,” said Dr. Robert C. Granger, president of the William T. Grant Foundation.

The William T. Grant Scholars selection process is extremely competitive and unique to our other grant programs. Each year, the Foundation selects four to six Scholars from an applicant pool of approximately 70. Candidates from around the country are nominated by their supporting institutions, and their applications are reviewed by a selection committee composed of prominent senior scholars. A small group of finalists is invited to New York for an interview with the committee.

Applications for 2011 awards are due on July 7, 2010. A brochure outlining the criteria, required documents, and application procedures is available here. You may also request a hard copy by emailing

The four new William T. Grant Scholars and their research projects are:

Elizabeth Oltmans Ananat, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy, Duke University
“Economic and Social Determinants of the Educational, Occupational, and Residential Choices of Young Adults”

Phillip Atiba Goff, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
“Broken Windows, Broken Youth: The Effect of Law Enforcement on Non-White Males’ Development”

Sara Goldrick-Rab, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Educational Policy Studies Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“Rethinking College Choice in America”

Patrick Sharkey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Sociology Department, New York University
“The Impact of Acute Violence and Other Environmental Stressors on Cognitive Functioning and School Performance”

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