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This Grant Program supports research towards comprehending the relationship between healthy child development and the role of culture and society. Researchers from universities and research institutions in the U.S are eligible to apply.


The Stone Center, part of the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College, announces the Robert S. and Grace W. Stone Primary Prevention Initiatives Grant Program: Empowering Children for Life. This program will support research and evaluation that advances understanding of the role of relationships in fostering child and adolescent well being and healthy human development. Proposals for research grounded in relational-cultural theory are particularly encouraged, as are those that give particular attention to the ways findings can be used programmatically to help children. Researchers from universities or research institutions in the U.S., including researchers from the Wellesley Centers for Women, are eligible to apply.

Awards will be in two categories:

  1. Ph.D, Ed.D., or Psy.D. Individual dissertation awards: $2,500-$5,000 per year for up to two years. (up to five awards will be given)
  2. Research grants: $2,500-$50,000 per year for up to three years. (up to five grants will be given)


Dissertation awards:
These awards are open to students enrolled in an accredited graduate program at a U.S. university and working toward a Ph.D., Ed.D. or Psy.D. Proof of student status and two faculty recommendations must be submitted with the application, which must be for work on an approved dissertation topic. These awards do not carry indirect costs.

Research grants:
Grants will be made to researchers (Ph.D. or equivalent) who are based at universities or not-for-profit research institutions in the U.S. Research grants will be awarded to the institution, not to individuals. Indirect costs up to 15% of the total budget are allowed.

Application procedures:

The original full proposal should be submitted with two copies, and must contain the following information:

  1. Cover page listing the project’s title, the names of the investigator(s), the amount of the request, its term (one to two years for Dissertation Awards, one to three years for Research Grants). Research grant applications must be signed by an authorized institutional official.
  2. Abstract of proposal (no more than 1 page) concisely summarizing each of the items listed under #3 below. The abstract should serve as a succinct and accurate description of the proposed work and should briefly describe the research goals and objectives, research design, and methods for achieving the goals and objectives.
  3. The full proposal should be no more than 20 double spaced pages and should:
    1. State the research question(s) and their justification in a concise manner and include a review of recent literature that locates this specific inquiry in the current relevant empirical, theoretical, and/or evaluation literature(s) (e.g., psychology, education, the role of relationships in human development)
    2. Describe and provide detailed rationale(s) for the proposed research or study design and analytical methodologies, as well as sufficient information to judge the rigor and expertise of the investigator (e.g., a brief description of preliminary studies or previous work on the proposed or related topic conducted by the PI or with which she has been involved).
    3. Articulate the anticipated contribution of this project to the stated purpose of this grant program with particular emphasis on how the proposed work will illuminate those specific aspects of relationships between children and adults that are most conducive to the healthy development of youth.

The following items should be submitted with the proposal as appendices:

  1. Budget by grant year for all direct and indirect costs. Multiple year proposals should include budgets for each year. Indirect costs may not exceed 15% of total direct costs. This ceiling includes any indirect costs contained in expenses for subgranted or subcontracted services. (Indirect costs may not be submitted for dissertation awards.)
  2. Institutional Review Board approval of the investigator's institution is necessary for all projects involving human subjects. Proposals should indicate how issues of protection of human subjects will be addressed and the intention to seek such approval if the proposal is funded. Such approval must be documented before a grant is fully executed.
  3. Brief curricula vitae (no more than three pages) should be included for all Principal Investigators.
  4. Non-profit status should be confirmed by submitting an IRS Tax Determination under the 1969 Tax Reform Act for the institution that will receive a grant. Research grants are made to organizations or institutions, not individuals.

Please direct inquiries to:

Meena Hewett
Grant Coordinator
Robert S. and Grace W. Stone Primary Prevention Initiatives Grant Program: Empowering Children for Life
Wellesley Centers for Women
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
Phone: 781.283.3517

828 Washington Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

Electronic submissions will NOT be accepted.

The first awards under the Stone Center's Empowering Children for Life: Robert S. and Grace W. Stone Primary Prevention Initiatives Grant Program were made in July, 2003. The program supports doctoral and postdoctoral research that advances understanding of the role of relationships in fostering child and adolescent wellbeing and healthy human development.

2005 Awards

The Story Becomes the Thing Needed: A Study of Rural Adolescent Girls' Narratives of Self and Relationships
Erin Seaton
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Primary Prevention for Very Young Children: Studying the Intervention Methods of a Home-Based Infant Treatment
Ruth Paris
Boston University School of Social Work

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