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Dissertation Grant Program to support Early Child Development

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted May 7, 2021 from Brazil
Expires on June 29, 2021
Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) logo
Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) logo

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) has launched Patrice L. Engle Dissertation Grant program that provides support for junior students interested in a career in global early child development who are from or doing research in low- or middle-income countries.

This grant program will provide 2-year student membership to SRCD.

The Patrice L. Engle Dissertation Grant in Global Early Child Development supports:
a) Dissertation research in global early child development with a one-year Grant for $5,000 USD.
b) The developmental focus of the research should include children, prenatal to 6 years of age living in low- or middle- income countries, as defined by the World Bank. Potential topics could include (but not limited to):
• The effectiveness of different models of parenting support on early child development.
• Examination of how child care programs promote child development and family involvement.
• The effectiveness of 2-generation programs that provide maternal and child support.
• Innovative strategies to integrate programs that promote early child development with health or nutritional services for young children.
• Innovative strategies to integrate child development interventions with social protection services or programs to promote maternal mental health or education.
• Innovative strategies to involve fathers and other extended family members in early child development programs.
• Development of measurement strategies, indicators, and assessment tools for children and family interactions that can be implemented with reliability in low resource settings.
• Strategies for effective scale-up of demonstration programs.

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Applicant Eligibility:
1. Any field of study that links to global early child development is acceptable;
2. Attend a recognized university in the United States or a recognized non-US university that is able to receive and process grant awards from the United States, with preference given to students from low- or middle-income countries;
3. Be enrolled and in good standing in a doctoral program at a degree-granting university, and have advanced to candidacy and completed required coursework;
4. Be committed to completing a dissertation in global early child development, as demonstrated by approval from a dissertation committee;
5. Agree to report progress to The Patrice L. Engle Grant Committee by submitting an interim report 6 months following the receipt of funds, a final report at 12 months, and notice of delays or irregularities;
6. Advisor must agree that the applicant is in good standing, is ready to complete the dissertation, and that the advisor will supervise the applicant and ensure that the reports are submitted;
7. Need for funds to conduct the research;
8. Likelihood for success including advisor support.

The deadline to submit an application is Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
May 07
May 07

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you, in order to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required by calls such this one);
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start now!!!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resources section!
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
May 10
May 10

Thanks, Ana.