The Foundation for Child Development (FCD) is currently accepting proposals for its 2022 Young Scholars Program (YSP).
YSP supports scholarship for early-career researchers. The program funds implementation research that is policy- and practice-relevant, and that examines the preparation, competency, compensation, well-being, and ongoing professional learning of the early care and education (ECE) workforce.
Three specific goals frame the Foundation’s current programmatic priority to strengthen the ECE workforce:
- Professionalize the early childhood field and build greater awareness of the status of the early childhood workforce.
- Enhance the quality of professional practice.
- Improve teacher preparation and ongoing professional learning, with special attention to the influence and role of institutions of higher education.
The Foundation supports research that is related to the ECE workforce that serves the YSP priority populations of young children who experience the harmful effects of poverty and discrimination across the birth to age eight continuum. The priority populations include below:
- Children from low-income families and/or those experiencing extreme poverty
- Children with diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds
- Immigrant’ or refugee’ families, undocumented minors, or children whose family members have been detained or deported
- Dual language and multilingual learners
- Children with special education classifications
- Children experiencing homelessness
- Victims of trauma and/or child maltreatment
- Research awards are up to $225,000 for primary research and up to $180,000 for secondary data analysis.
YSP is an open competition; applicants need not be nominated to apply. The Foundation regards diversity as an asset for building a strong and productive society and is committed to diversity and equity in scholarship and through the grantees. To increase the diversity of research perspectives, the Foundation encourages applications from:
- Scholars who are from underrepresented groups that have historically experienced poverty, racism, prejudice, and discrimination. Such groups include, but are not limited to, researchers of color, first-generation college graduates, culturally and linguistically diverse scholars, and researchers from low-income communities
- Scholars who represent a variety of disciplines and methodological approaches
For more information, visit https://www.fcd-us.org/2022-young-scholars-program-call-for-proposals/