Small Grants Program for Early Career Scholars

Established in 2018, the SRCD Small Grants Program for Early Career Scholars reflects SRCD’s commitment to supporting the scholarship of tomorrow’s leaders. Grants of up to $7,500 are awarded on a competitive basis for research projects conducted by SRCD Early Career Members who completed their degrees in the past five years, regardless of their appointment, institution or country of residence.

Patrice L. Engle Dissertation Grant

The Patrice L. Engle Dissertation Grant for Global Early Child Development. This award will provide opportunities for junior scholars who are either from or are working in developing countries to conduct dissertation research in global early child development. The grant includes $5,000 US to support dissertation research and a 2-year student membership to SRCD.

Other Awards

SECC Dissertation Research Funding Awards

Established in 2008 by the Student and Early Career Council, up to five non-renewable awards in the amount of $2,000 are given for dissertation research proposals that merit special recognition and display the strong potential to contribute to the field of child development.

Victoria S. Levin Award

The Victoria S. Levin Award for Early Career Success in Young Children’s Mental Health Research was established to honor and carry forward this special focus of Victoria S. Levin’s life work.

Awards Issued at the Biennial Meeting

It is a tradition of SRCD that at each of our biennial meetings, several major awards are presented. A call for nominations for each of the awards listed below is presented to the general membership prior to the meeting and the Awards Committee is responsible for officially nominating and selecting recipients. Learn more, including specific guidelines and instructions to submit nominations, below.

SRCD Senior Distinguished Contributions Awards

These awards recognize contributions to the field of child development in seven specific areas.

SRCD Early Career Research Contributions Awards

Early Career Research Contributions Awards were established in 2002 and are made to a person or persons (ordinarily no more than six years beyond the Ph.D. or equivalent degree) who distinguish themselves as researchers and scholars, as evidenced through research, publications, and scholarly activity.

SRCD Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Awards

This award in the amount of $500 is given for a dissertation completed in the previous year that is unusually noteworthy.


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