Thank you for your interest in the Foundation for Child Development’s Young Scholars Program (YSP). The Foundation is postponing the call for proposals for YSP until Spring 2019. This pause will enable us to think more carefully about how to fulfill our mission to support scholarship and promote emerging areas of research related to the early care and education (ECE) workforce. Please check our website periodically for updates.

About the Young Scholars Program

The Young Scholars Program (YSP) supports policy and practice-relevant research that is focused on how the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of the early care and education workforce can support young children’s early learning and development across the birth through age eight continuum.

YSP encourages applications from:

  • Scholars who are from historically disadvantaged or underrepresented groups, e.g., first-generation college graduates and those from low-income communities.
  • Scholars who represent a variety of disciplines and methodological approaches.

Research Focus 

All proposed research should focus on the ways in which the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of the early care and education workforce can support young children’s growth and development across the birth through age eight continuum.

For more information please download the 2018 YSP Guidelines.

Eligibility 

Eligible researchers must have received their doctoral degrees (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D., Psy.D., M.D., J.D., etc) within one to eight years of application submission; ten years for physician applicants.

The affiliated private non-profit organization must have a minimum operating budget of $2.5 million and a minimum three-year track record in conducting multi-year research projects (at least three over the last three years).

Please view additional eligibility criteria, research focus, and more information about applying to the YSP in the 2018 YSP Guidelines.

How to Apply

Letters of Intent and Full Applications are completed and submitted electronically through the Foundation’s online grants management system. Information on how to create an account will become available when YSP resumes.

Additional Resources to Assist in the Application Process:

  • Applicant Checklist: The Applicant Checklist was created as a guide to the Letter of Intent and Full Application requirements.
  • Mentor/Mentee Checklist: The Mentor/Mentee Application Checklist was created to help applicants and mentors develop clear expectations and parameters regarding roles and responsibilities during a mentor/mentee relationship.
  • Institutional Checklist: The Institutional Checklist was created as a resource tool for applicants to use in communicating the administrative application requirements with their institution or organization.

Timeline

Below is a general timeline for a YSP Application Cycle.

  • Early Spring: Launch application cycle for a new cohort.
  • Spring: Online webinar to review the LOI process with a Q&A session.
  • Early Summer: Deadline to submit Letter of Intent.
  • Mid-Summer: Latest notification date of LOI status and invitations for full application.
  • Early Fall: Deadline to submit a full application for those with approved LOIs who have been invited to apply.
  • Early Spring (following year): Latest notification date of full application status.

To note: Two additional webinars are planned for applicants with approved LOIs who have been invited to apply for the full application process.