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Early Career Funding and Award Opportunities

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Division A (Administration, Organization & Leadership) Emerging Scholar Award

This award recognizes a pre-tenure scholar who is in the first five years of her his/her career in the professorate and who has made outstanding contributions to the field of leadership, administration, or organizational theory.

Division C (Learning and Instruction) New Faculty Mentoring Program

The​ ​Division​ ​C​ ​New​ ​Faculty​ ​Mentoring​ ​Program​ ​is​ ​an​ ​excellent​ ​opportunity for​ ​tenure-track​ ​faculty​ ​to​ ​connect​ ​with​ ​established​ ​scholars,​ ​network​ ​with​ ​new​ ​colleagues,​ ​and learn​ ​more​ ​about​ ​achieving​ ​success​ ​as​ ​a​ ​new​ ​tenure-track​ ​professor. View the 2018 CFP.

Division D (Measurement and Research Methodologies) Early Career Award in Measurement and Research Methodology

This annual award recognizes emerging scholars in the field of educational research and methodology. The award rotates among the three sections of the division.

Division G (Social Context of Education) Early Career Award

This award recognizes an individual in the early stages of her or his career no later than 10 years after receipt of the doctoral degree. The awardee’s research must focus on social contexts of education.

Division K (Teaching & Teacher Education) Early Career Award

This award, made to a researcher in the first stages of the research career, recognizes a significant program of research on important problems of theory and/or practice that focus on teachers, teaching, and/or teacher education.

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

ACLS Fellowships

The ACLS Fellowship program includes a joint fellowship with the New York Public Library, as well as named awards made possible by generous donors. ACLS invites research applications from scholars in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant, which can take the form of a monograph, articles, digital publication(s), critical edition, or other scholarly resources.

American Psychological Association

APA Achievement Award for Early Career Psychologists

The program is designed to reduce barriers to early career members’ attendance at APA convention and support their ability to make meaningful connections and engage in their own professional development.

Committee on Early Career Psychologists (CECP)

The committee represents the unique interests and concerns of psychologists in the first ten years of their careers. Each year, the Committee on Early Career Psychologists (CECP) seeks nominations for two to three representatives to serve a three-year term.

Division 15 (Ed Psych) Early Career Award

The purpose of the grant is to provide financial support for an educational psychologist in the early phase of his/her career to support valuable research activities. Applicants can be up to five years beyond the conferral of the doctoral degree at the time of application

Division 5 (Quantitative and Qualitative Methods) Anne Anastasi Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award

The Anne Anastasi Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award recognizes an early career individual who has made outstanding contributions to quantitative research methods. Award recipients attending the APA convention will receive an invitation to present at the subsequent APA convention (length varies by award), and a cash award of $500 to help offset travel expenses to the subsequent APA convention.

American Psychological Foundation

John and Polly Sparks Early Career Grant for Psychologists Investigating Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED)

This grant supports early career psychologists conducting research in the area of early intervention and treatment for serious emotional disturbance in children.

Kenneth B. and Mamie P. Clark Fund
Grant funds support research and demonstration activities that promote the understanding of the relationship between self-identity and academic achievement with an emphasis on children in grade levels K-8. Awards alternate yearly between an early career psychologist and a graduate student. The 2020 grant will support an early career psychologist.

Visionary Grants

Grant funds seed innovation through supporting research, education, and intervention projects and programs. 

American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation

Clinical Research Grant: Independent

Grants are for research that will impact the delivery of services to people with communication disorders who are striving to communicate and connect. Research should directly advance our knowledge of treatment efficacy and assessment practices in audiology and speech-language pathology, or investigate the implementation of evidence into practice.

New Century Scholars Research Grant

This grant is designed to advance knowledge, tools, and techniques in communication sciences and disorders. While proposal type and content area are not restricted, this grant supports studies that are innovative, have a promise of major impact, or can meet research needs not yet addressed.

New Investigators Research Grant

This grant is designed to help further new investigators' research activities by funding preliminary studies that could launch larger-scale research studies. Research, while not limited in topic, should have clinical relevance to audiology and/or speech-language pathology.

Researcher-Practitioner Collaboration Grant

This grant supports partnerships between academic or organizational researchers and clinical practitioners to conduct collaborative studies designed to enhance evidence for improving communication sciences and disorders services. The funding can be applied to one- or two-year studies.

Department of Defense

U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences Broad Agency Announcement for Basic, Applied, and Advanced Research

See the funding announcement for a list of areas of interest for basic, applied, and advanced research.

Foundation for Child Development

Young Scholars Program

The Young Scholars Program (YSP) supports policy and practice-relevant research that is focused on how the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of the early care and education workforce can support young children’s early learning and development across the birth through age eight continuum.

Institute for Research on Innovation & Science (IRIS)

IRIS Researcher Awards

IRIS seeks to fund researchers who will use the IRIS UMETRICS data to address questions about the social and economic returns to investments in research.

March of Dimes

Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award Program

These awards support young scientists committed to the mission of the March of Dimes. March of Dimes is looking for impactful research that will advance our basic understanding of, or lead to improved treatment of any serious medical condition that afflicts pregnancies or newborns.

National Institutes of Health

NIH Research Training and Career Development

NIH provides a variety of career development programs for early career researchers (defined here), primarily through the K (career) funding mechanism. Browse through the opportunities to find a fit for your research.

Examples of opportunities include:

Mentored Research Scientist Career Development Award (K01): For support of a postdoctoral or early career research scientist committed to research, in need of both advanced research training and additional experience.

Independent Research Scientist Development Award (K02): For support of an early to mid-career scientist with research funding in need of additional protected time committed to research.

Academic Career Development Award (K07): To support either a mentored or independent investigator to develop or enhance curricula, foster academic career development of promising young teacher-investigators, and to strengthen existing teaching programs.

NIH Director's New Innovator Award (DP2): Part of the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, this award supports exceptionally creative early career investigators who propose innovative, high-impact projects. No preliminary data required.

National Endowment for the Humanities

Public Scholar Program

The Public Scholar Program supports the creation of well-researched books in the humanities intended to reach a broad readership. Applications to write books directed primarily to scholars are not appropriate for this program.

Humanities Connections Planning Grants

Awards will support innovative curricular approaches that foster productive partnerships among humanities faculty and their counterparts in the social and natural sciences and in pre-service or professional programs in order to encourage and develop new integrative learning opportunities for students.

National Science Foundation

Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.

Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.

Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)

ITEST is a research and development program that supports projects to promote PreK-12 student interests and capacities to participate in the STEM and information and communications technology workforce of the future. The ITEST program supports research on the design, development, implementation, and selective spread of innovative strategies for engaging students in technology-rich experiences that: (1) increase student awareness of STEM occupations; (2) motivate students to pursue appropriate education pathways to STEM occupations; or (3) develop disciplinary-based knowledge and practices, or promote critical thinking, reasoning skills, or communication skills needed for entering STEM workforce sectors.

Russell Sage Foundation

Small Grants

RSF offers small grants to doctoral students at the dissertation stage and recent Ph.D. recipients to support innovative, high-quality research and to encourage young investigators to enter these developing interdisciplinary fields. Small grants are currently offered under the Foundation’s program in Behavioral Economics and its special initiative in Computational Social Science.

Spencer Foundation

Research Grants on Education: Small

The Small Research Grants Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived.

U.S. Department of Education – Institute of Education Sciences

IES Research Training Programs

The IES training programs aim to increase the supply of scientists and researchers in education and special education who are prepared to conduct rigorous evaluation studies, develop and evaluate new products and approaches that are grounded in a science of learning, and design and validate assessments. The specific intent of these programs is to prepare researchers who are able to prepare competitive proposals that address relevant education and special education topics and meet the methodological requirements specified for the IES research grant competitions.

Research Training Programs include:

  • Early Career Development and Mentoring in Special Education
  • Methods Training for Education Researchers
  • Methods Training Using Sequential, Multiple Assignment, Randomized Trial (SMART) Designs for Adaptive Interventions in Education
  • Methods Training Using Single Case Designs
  • Pathways to the Education Sciences Research Training Program
  • Postdoctoral Research Training Program in the Education Sciences
  • Postdoctoral Research Training Program in Special Education and Early Intervention
  • Training in Education Research Use and Practice

William T. Grant Foundation

William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Program

The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas.

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award

The Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award supports tenure-track faculty who have passed their midpoint review. The award is structured to free the time of junior faculty who have passed their midpoint tenure review—including those from underrepresented groups and others committed to eradicating disparities in their fields—so that they can both engage in and build support systems, networks, and affinity groups that make their fields and campuses more inclusive. Eligible applicants must have passed their third-year review or their institution’s equivalent.

Additional Resources

Funding Opportunities for New and Young Faculty, UC Berkeley

The programs listed are intended for late postdoctoral investigators and new faculty, usually those at or below the rank of Assistant Professor.

Early Investigators Opportunities: University of Arizona

This page lists funding opportunities for early career investigators that have been hand-curated by UA’s Research Development Services.