Society for Research in Child Development Patrice L. Engle Dissertation Grant for Global Early Child Development
The Patrice L. Engle Dissertation Grant provides support for students interested in a career in global early child development who are from or doing research in low- or middle-income countries. The Grant includes US $5,000 to support dissertation research and a 2-year student membership to SRCD.
Applicant Eligibility and Responsibility
1. Dissertation research in global early child development with a one-year Grant for $5,000. 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.
2. If selected to recieve a grant, applicant will be provided with a free 2-year SRCD student membership.
3. Grantees are encouraged to submit an abstract to the SRCD Biennial meeting following the completion of their research. Grantees from low- or middle-income countries are encouraged to apply to SRCD for international travel funds to attend the SRCD Biennial meeting.
Any field of study that links to global early child development is acceptable;
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;
Be enrolled and in good standing in a doctoral program at a degree-granting university, and have advanced to candidacy and completed required coursework;
Be committed to completing a dissertation in global early child development, as demonstrated by approval from a dissertation committee;
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.
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.
Career and project relevance to global child development;
Promise of research plan in terms of creativity, innovation, significance, and intellectual rigor;
Need for funds to conduct the research;
Likelihood for success including advisor support.
Acknowledge support from the Patrice L. Engle Dissertation Grant in Global Early Child Development within the dissertation and in publications that result from the Grant;
Secure Human Subjects approval (or exemption) if any portion of the project involves human subjects and provide the Grant Committee with a copy of the approval (or exemption);
The dissertation application is for one year and should be able to document measurable results by the end of the Grant period. The application should address global early child development, with an emphasis on low- or middle-income countries. Applicants may be from any country; only one proposal will be accepted from any student. Budgets may not exceed US $5,000. The applications will be reviewed by The Patrice L. Engle Dissertation Grant Committee. The number of applications approved depends on the amount of funding available. Plans are to continue the dissertation grant annually, as long as funds are available.
The 2013 Deadline for the Application is April 30th. Applications must be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants will be notified of decisions by June 30, 2013. Funds will be disbursed after Grantees have met the commitments outlined above.