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  • 1/6/2015: Children and youth

    United States

    Letters of inquiry regarding grants from the Distinguished Fellows Program of the William T. Grant Foundation for mid-career professionals who study young people ages 8 to 25. Scholars will each receive $175,000 over a period of up to two years. The foundation will also award up to $25,000 to each recipient for housing costs. Additional information is available on the foundation's website. Applicants must have 8 to 20 years of experience as researchers, policy makers, or practitioners.


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  • 1/11/2015: Volunteerism

    United States

    Nominations accepted for the 2014 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards from the Helen Diller Family Foundation. The foundation will award up to 15 Jewish teenagers $36,000 each for their exceptional leadership and volunteer service projects that are helping to repair the world. The award is open to Jewish teenagers in the United States who are 13 to 19 years old at the time of nomination.

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  • 1/13/2015: International


    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting applications for three new Grand Challenges: helping needy women and girls to improve health and economic development, as well as advancing gender equality; creating measuring treatment that lead to children's healthy growth and development; and methods to prevent or treat infectious diseases. Additional information is available on the foundation's website.

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