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

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

Organization: Spencer Foundation

Apply By: 31 May 2019

Grant Amount: 50000 USD


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.

Apply Guidelines:

Conference Grant proposals must be submitted through an online application form following the guidelines below.

Note: This application is configured for the Principal Investigator (PI) on the project to register and submit the form. If someone other than the PI will be completing the online application (e.g., an administrative assistant), the PI should register as described in Step 1 below, then provide their username and password to the person assisting them with the application.

Step 1 – Registration:

  • If you (the PI) have never accessed the Spencer Foundation online portal, you must register and create a profile by going to https://spencer.smartsimple.us and clicking the “Register Here” button.  Follow the guidelines on the registration page to create your profile.
  • If you already have an account, log on to update your profile and access the Intent to Apply form.

Step 2 - My Profile:

  • After logging in, follow the directions to complete the information requested on the My Profile page and upload your current CV (10 page limit). The My Profile page is your online account with the Spencer Foundation whether you are applying for a grant, reviewing a proposal, or submitting a grantee report.
  • Note: If you will have Co-PIs on your project, they must also register and complete their profile information if they wish to be included on the application.

Step 3 – Start a Proposal:

  • To fill out the application, go to your Workbench and click the Apply button for the Conference Grants program. Your draft application can be saved and returned to so that you may continue work on it at a later time and can be found on your Draft Proposals list on your Workbench.


  • Once you’ve completed all of the elements listed above, click the Submit button at the bottom of the page.

Application Deadline: 31st May 2019

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