Research Funding

Buffett Early Childhood Institute Graduate Scholars

Letter of Intent due:  March 15, 2016
Informational Webinar available: February 22, 2016

Announcing a new fellowship program that will provide financial support and mentoring for advanced doctoral students within the university system.

The Buffett Early Childhood Institute Graduate Scholars program will award 1- and 2-year grants, each worth up to $25,000 annually, to a maximum of four doctoral students every year. The program is designed to foster the growth of diverse, exceptional graduate students conducting research about young children and their families, with particular attention to children placed at risk as a consequence of poverty and social and environmental circumstances.

The University of Nebraska has made a remarkable commitment on an interdisciplinary level to advancing research on young children, and the Buffett Institute believes strongly in strengthening those efforts.

The scholars program is the first financial support program for doctoral students who have reached Ph.D. candidacy at the University of Nebraska that focuses on young children and their development.

The program is intended to reach across traditional higher education boundaries, supporting high-quality research from diverse fields that impact young children, including health, education, social work, music, art, the neurosciences, and others. Multidisciplinary research and practice, particularly from disciplines not typically associated with the field of early childhood education, and new methodologies will be encouraged.

The Buffett Graduate Scholars will work with their faculty mentors on a dissertation that represents an in-depth exploration of early childhood issues. The Institute will create opportunities for graduate students and mentors to communicate, network, and collaborate with one another.

Attached to this email are an overview of the program and the Request for Proposal (RFP). A letter of intent is due by March 15, 2016, and the full proposal is due April 15, 2016. Dr. Iheoma Iruka and Dr. Susan Sarver will host a webinar on February 22, 2016, to answer questions about the program and the RFP.

Visit our website for additional details.

Buffett Early Childhood Institute

Attached documents:

Buffett Graduate Scholars Overview Document

Buffett Graduate Scholars RFP

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