Applications Invited For Conference Grant To Support Scholars For Small Research Conferences and Foc

Last Date - 31 May, 2019

The Spencer Foundation invests in education research that cultivates learning and transforms lives. The Spencer Foundation has been a leading funder of education research since 1971 and is the only national foundation focused exclusively on supporting education research. They believe education research is integral to improving education, making education systems more equitable, and increasing opportunities to learn across the lifespan.

About The Grant:

The Conference Grant program provides support to scholars in developing small research conferences and focused symposia with budgets up to $50,000. Spencer view conferences funded through this program as exploring critical issues in education research. They intend for applicants to bring together researchers, practitioners, and other important collaborators whose substantive knowledge, theoretical insight, and methodological expertise can be assembled in ways that build upon and advance education research. These convenings can serve as starting points for building new research agendas or as touchstones for research communities to connect and advance their shared scholarly interests about education research. The Foundation rotates the area of focus for this program annually to generate fresh ideas and perspectives on pressing educational challenges. For the next two funding cycles the Foundation will support conferences related to three topics that emerged from our year-long field engagement with the education research community.

Spencer invite scholars to share ideas for engaging in dialogue about education research to catalyze innovation, advance the field, and enhance our ability to understand key issues.

The meetings aim to support can include a broad set of perspectives on topics or education problems connected to one of three areas of focus listed below:

  • Developing High-Quality Educators and Leaders

  • Exploring Human Learning and Thriving

  • Innovative Research Methods

  • Making the case


  • Proposals to the Conference Grant program must be for small research conferences and focused symposia that will build upon and advance best practices in education research in one of the areas of focus 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 college, university, school district, non-profit research facility, or non-profit cultural institution that is willing to serve as the administering organization if the grant is awarded. The Spencer Foundation does not award grants directly to individuals.

  • 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.

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