Professional Development Grants


The MAST Center’s Professional Development Grant Program provides a financial stipend (up to $750) to up to 10 emerging scholars in an HMRE-related field (e.g., human development, family science, sociology, demography, psychology, program evaluation) to cover costs associated with certain professional development activities.

Finances can often be a barrier for emerging scholars—graduate students or early career professionals (within 3 years of their graduate degree)—to participate in important professional networking and career development opportunities. The stipends from our Professional Development Grant Program will be awarded in April 2023 and can be used to cover professional development costs through April 2024. Approved professional development expenses include conference registrations, secondary data licenses, research-related training opportunities (e.g., short courses), journal publishing fees, professional conference travel fees, or other expenses for activities that directly support professional development. The award will not support memberships to professional organizations or research participant incentives. In May 2023, award winners will also have the opportunity attend a virtual networking event with MAST Center researchers.

Our team values equity and recognizes that systemic discrimination has negatively impacted the well-being of individuals, families, and communities from groups who are also underrepresented in the research field. As researchers, we aim to be accountable for promoting equity by centering the lived experiences of disabled, socioeconomically disadvantaged, LGBTQIA+, Black, Indigenous, and people of color in our research. We also believe that people who have lived experience in the criminal justice and foster care systems bring important perspectives that are too often missing in research. Hence, we strongly encourage people with these lived experiences and identities to apply.


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