Q1. How can I apply to become a Promising Scholar?
Promising Scholars are selected from applicants who applied to the Young Scholars Program. The Advisory Committee and Foundation staff designate Promising Scholars who demonstrate exceptional potential to conduct rigorous, high-quality implementation research focused on the early care and education workforce.

An applicant only has an opportunity to be considered for a Promising Scholar designation by applying to the Young Scholars Program first; there is no separate application process. Each year, Promising Scholars will be selected from the YSP application process.

Q2. What are the criteria for becoming a Promising Scholar?
All Promising Scholars have met the same eligibility criteria as applicants for YSP. Promising Scholars are chosen from applicants who have reached the final stages of the YSP application process. It is expected that Promising Scholars will participate in the next YSP application cycle following receipt of the professional development supports provided.

Q3. What resources and supports do Promising Scholars receive?
Each Promising Scholar will be awarded $15,000 to be utilized over the course of one professional development year. The award supports the further development of the scholar’s research skills and research area(s) of interest. The award includes the following:

  • $7,000 for scholar time and salary
  • $3,000 for a mentor stipend
  • $5,000 for a tailored professional development plan

Promising Scholars will be expected to participate in Foundation-sponsored professional development activities during the award year, including the YSP Professional Learning Convening. The professional learning convening is planned in collaboration with the Urban Institute and Child Trends.

In addition, funding is provided to support activities outlined in an individualized professional development plan that will be developed jointly between the scholar, the Foundation’s supportive consultant, and the Foundation. The mentor will also work with the scholar on refining their proposal for YSP and assisting, as is necessary, in creating and carrying out the professional development work plan.

Q4. Are indirect expenses included in the $15,000 Promising Scholar award?
No, there are no indirect expenses included in this award.

Q5. Does becoming a Promising Scholar give me a better chance of being chosen as a Young Scholar?
Promising Scholars do not receive priority in consideration for YSP research awards. They compete in future application cycles without any favored status.

Q6. If I am chosen as a Promising Scholar, does that mean I have to accept the award before I can reapply for YSP?
No, you do not have to accept the Promising Scholars award to reapply for YSP.