The Spencer Foundation is seeking applications for its Conference Grants Program to provide support to scholars to organize small research conferences, focused symposia, or other forms of convening are around important issues in education research.
This program is intended to bring together researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and other important collaborators whose expertise, substantive knowledge and practice, theoretical insight, or methodological expertise can be engaged in ways that help to build upon and advance education research.
The Foundation rotates the area of focus for this program annually to generate fresh ideas and perspectives on pressing educational challenges. For this funding cycle Spencer will support conferences related to the topic of critical issues in advancing racial equity in education research.
The Spencer Foundation recognizes that the dynamics of inequality have important differences across national contexts in their cultural and semantic formations. Central to this Conference Program initiative is the significant need to encourage a wide range of perspectives to creatively and ambitiously engage in approaches to advancing equity for racially and ethnically marginalized populations. They support conference applicants from outside of the United States that address the need for advancing equity in their respective contexts.
- This grant program supports proposals with budgets of $50,000 or less.
- Proposals to the Conference Grant program must be for small research conferences, focused symposia, or convenings that will explore critical issues in advancing racial equity in education research as specified in the Program Statement.
- Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-PIs applying for a Conference grant must have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. While graduate students may be part of the proposal, they may not be named the PI or Co-PI.
- The PI must be affiliated with a non-profit organization that is willing to serve as the administering organization if the grant is awarded. The Spencer Foundation does not award grants directly to individuals. Examples include non-profit colleges, universities, school districts, and research facilities, as well as other non-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3) determination from the IRS.
- Proposals are accepted from the U.S. and internationally, however all proposals must be submitted in English and budgets must be proposed in U.S. Dollars.
- Proposals to support annual ongoing conferences or meetings are not eligible for this program. Relatedly, requests to fund travel to existing annual conferences or meetings are also not eligible.
- Proposed budgets for this program are limited to $50,000 total and may not include indirect cost charges per Spencer’s policy.
- PIs and Co-PIs may not submit more than one application for a given deadline in this program.
For more information, visit https://www.spencer.org/grant_types/conference-grants