Spencer Foundation Conference Grants

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The Conference Grant program provides support for scholars, practitioners, and policymakers to develop small research conferences, focused symposia, or other convenings to explore critical issues in advancing racial equity in education research with budgets up to $50,000. We intend for applicants to bring together researchers, practitioners, policymakers, or other important collaborators whose expertise, substantive knowledge and practice, theoretical insight, or methodological expertise can be engaged in ways that help to build upon and advance racial equity in education research.

We invite proposals that aim to grow the current scope of research on racial equity, develop new knowledge through interdisciplinary scholarly engagement, or as a way to collaborate to increase the impact of educational research on practice, or policy. Importantly, we welcome proposals that advance conceptualizations of strength-based and systems transformation perspectives.

Finally, we encourage applicants to carefully and innovatively think about the format and pedagogy of their proposed conference or convenings. Our conference program is not restricted to traditional formats, so for example, you might consider a series of smaller convenings that are in-person or on-line, or some combination of both. All applications should consider how their convening will (a) bring together a diverse group of educational scholars and/or stakeholders, and (b) influence the public discourse, practice, or policy of education.

Full Proposal Deadline: 5/6/2021