Professional Development Grant for Early Career Faculty at Hispanic Serving Institutions/Emerging Hispanic Serving Institutions

Call for Applications

The National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families (the Center) is pleased to announce a new grant program for early career faculty at Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) or Emerging Hispanic Serving Institutions aimed at supporting professional development activities that will enhance their professional growth as scholars and educators. The Center will provide awards of up to $2,500 to cover expenses related to early career scholars’ professional development. In addition, grantees will have the opportunity to participate in professional development and networking events organized by the Center, such as training in applying an equity lens to research communications and using Twitter professionally.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be an early career faculty (up to 5 years post PhD) at a Hispanic Serving Institution or an Emerging Hispanic Serving Institution.
  • Applicants should demonstrate a strong interest in research focused on Latinx populations and one or more of these areas: poverty reduction and economic self-sufficiency, access to early care and education and safety net programs, and the broader sociodemographic characteristics of Hispanic families;

Our team values equity and recognizes that systemic discrimination has negatively impacted the well-being of individuals, families, and communities who are also underrepresented in the research field. We strongly encourage scholars from populations that are historically underrepresented in research and academic fields (e.g., Hispanics, first-generation graduate students, first-generation immigrants) to apply.

Application requirements

Applications are due July 6, 2022 at 5 PM PST, with the following components:

  • A Letter of Interest on letterhead from the respective HSI/emerging HSI that describes (in no more than 500 words):
    • How the applicant’s research agenda and work support Latinx families and children;
    • The applicant’s interest and experience in research focused on poverty reduction and economic self-sufficiency, access to early care and education and safety net programs, and the broader sociodemographic characteristics of Hispanic families.
    • The amount of funds requested, including the specific professional development activities that the grant will support and how they will help advance the applicants’ research career. Please include the cost of each activity in the description. Examples of professional development activities that would be covered are:
      • Workshops, trainings, or courses;
      • Conference-related expenses (e.g., registration, travel, lodging, poster printing);
      • Research-related hardware or software (e.g., analysis packages, recorders, laptops/tablets for data collection);
      • Database fees;
      • Publication expenses (e.g., open access articles);
      • Stipends for participants;
      • Books;
      • Professional association membership dues; and
      • Journal subscriptions.

Applicants requesting that funds go through their institution should include overhead expenses in the amount requested (see Frequently Asked Questions).  Funds cannot be used to cover beverages or meals.

  • Curriculum vitae (CV) or resume with information about the applicant’s educational background, publications, presentations, and any other relevant professional or personal experience.
  • Proof of degree conferral such as an unofficial transcript or a copy of the applicant’s diploma to show proof of doctoral degree completion.

Submission guidelines

Applicants should submit their application materials using this form by July 6, 2022. Applicants will be notified of award decisions on July 29, 2022.

Evaluation criteria

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Inclusion of all application components and demonstration of eligibility.
  • Alignment of applicant’s research experience or interests with research focused on Hispanic populations.
  • Alignment of applicant’s research experience or interests with research focused on poverty reduction and economic self-sufficiency, access to early care and education, human service delivery, and/or the sociodemographic characteristics of Hispanic families.
  • Extent to which professional development funds will help advance the applicant’s career.

Please note that the Center reserves the right to award grants for a lesser amount than requested if certain activities are not deemed to be aligned with the goals of the grant.

Applicants are encouraged to review our Frequently Asked Questions below before submission. Please send additional questions to [email protected]. No phone calls please.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How many grants do you expect to award?
    We anticipate awarding up to $7,500 in awards across grantees. The number of awards will depend on the amount awarded per grant.
  1. Will stipends go directly to the applicant or the institution?
    Stipends can be paid directly to applicants or their institution. Please note that we will issue a 1099 for stipends paid to directly to applicants. Awardees are responsible for reporting this stipend as income in their taxes. Applicants who prefer to receive funds through their institution should include overhead expenses in the amount requested. The total amount requested, including overhead, should not exceed $2,500.
  1. What are my responsibilities as a grantee?
    Grantees are expected to use funds for the activities requested. In addition, they are invited to participate in the professional development and/or networking activities planned by the Center.
  1. Where can I find information about workshops and trainings available to support my professional development?
    Several organizations regularly organize meetings, workshops, and/or trainings aimed at developing methodological skills. The list below offers some examples, although this list is not exhaustive:
  1. Who do I reach out to for questions about allowable expenses?
    Please reach out to [email protected] to ask questions about allowable expenses.
  2. Do I need to request the full amount ($2,500)?
    No. This is the maximum amount that will be granted per award.