Professional Advancement

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SRCD offers a number of rich professional development opportunities whether you are just beginning to explore a career related to developmental science or are a leading scholar in the field.
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Awards and Grants

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Throughout the year, we announce calls for submissions for the following funding opportunities and awards of recognition. Be sure to check back for the latest calls from SRCD's awards and grants.

Mentorship Programs

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SRCD is committed to supporting professional advancement at all career stages and recognizes the fundamental importance of effective mentors in this process. The Society offers a variety of opportunities to participate in mentoring programs as a mentee or a mentor.   
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Annual Awards and Grants

Student and Early Career Council Dissertation Research Funding Awards
Funding awards of up to $2,000 USD to SRCD student members for dissertation research proposals that display strong potential to contribute to the field of child development. Call for submissions are posted in the spring.
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Small Grants Program for Early Career Scholars
Grants of up to $7,500 USD are awarded on a competitive basis for research projects that reflect SRCD’s commitment to supporting the scholarship of tomorrow’s leaders. Call for submissions are posted in the winter.

We are now accepting submissions for the 2020 Small Grants Program for Early Career Scholars. Submission deadline: February 3, 2020, 11:59 PM Eastern

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Patrice L. Engle Dissertation Grants for Global Early Child Development
Grants of $5,000 USD to provide support for junior students interested in a career in global early child development who are from or doing research in low- or middle-income countries. Call for submissions are posted in the spring.
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Victoria S. Levin Award for Early Career Success in Young Children’s Mental Health Research
Funding awards established to honor and carry forward this special focus of Victoria S. Levin’s life work. Call for submissions are posted in the summer.
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Fellowships

SRCD U.S. Policy Fellowship Programs
SRCD’s federal and state policy fellowship programs offer immersive opportunities for researchers to learn about policy development, implementation, and evaluation, and to use developmental science to inform public policy at either the federal or state level. Calls for submissions are posted in the fall.

We are now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 U.S. Policy Fellowship Programs. All applications and letters of intent are due by January 3, 2020, 11:59 PM Eastern

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Early Career Interdisciplinary Scholars Fellowship Program
This program provides an opportunity for early career scholars in relevant fields outside of psychology/human development to participate in the SRCD Biennial Meeting. There, they will work with a senior mentor from the field of developmental scientist and connect other interdisciplinary scholars. Call for applications are announced in even-numbered years, prior to the SRCD Biennial Meeting, where the program takes place.
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AERA-SRCD Early Career Research Fellowship in Middle Childhood Education and Development
Theis fellowship provides a 2-year collaborative opportunity for early career scholars to participate in a research network focused on middle childhood education and development. The purpose of this initiative is to build an early career cohort of scholars with integrative interests and expertise at the nexus of child development and formal/informal education and learning in their broader social context.
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Mentorship Programs

Frances Degen Horowitz Millennium Scholars Program
Selected scholars from under-represented ethnic/racial groups are provided with educational and professional development through mentorships with advanced scholars in the field of child development. Call for applications are announced in even-numbered years, prior to the SRCD Biennial Meeting, where the program takes place.
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Teaching Mentorship Program
The Teaching Mentorship Program assists novice or early-career teachers in navigating faculty life through developing a relationship with a more experienced faculty member, or mentor, from another institution.

We are now accepting mentor and scholar applications for the 2020 Teaching Mentorship Program. Application deadline extended: December 13, 2019, 11:59 PM Eastern

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SRCD Scholar Development Program
The SRCD Scholar Development Program (SDP) aims to bolster opportunities for both research funding and professional leadership among early- to mid-career Black/African American faculty. The program provides a set of targeted mentoring activities addressing academic leadership and NIH research funding.
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Scholar-in-Residence Program

Scholar-in-Residence Program
The Scholar-in-Residence Program allows for SRCD members who anticipate a leave or sabbatical to work in the SRCD Washington D.C. offices to complete a project, while providing meaningful interactions with the SRCD staff and governance. Call for submissions are posted in the winter.
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Opportunities at the SRCD Biennial Meeting

SRCD Biennial Awards
It is a tradition of SRCD that at each of our biennial meetings, several major awards are presented. Awards are presented for: Call for nominations are announced in even-numbered years, prior to the SRCD Biennial Meetings.
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Early Career Interdisciplinary Scholars Fellowship Program
This program provides an opportunity for early career scholars in relevant fields outside of psychology/human development to participate in the SRCD Biennial Meeting. There, they will work with a senior mentor from the field of developmental scientist and connect other interdisciplinary scholars. Call for applications are announced in even-numbered years, prior to the SRCD Biennial Meeting, where the program takes place.
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Frances Degen Horowitz Millennium Scholars Program
Selected scholars from under-represented ethnic/racial groups are provided with educational and professional development through mentorships with advanced scholars in the field of child development. Call for applications are announced in even-numbered years, prior to the SRCD Biennial Meeting, where the program takes place.
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