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Joint PhD Program in Education


Program Description

Joseph Drown Foundation






The Foundation supports education programs in K-12, at both public and private schools, that seek to solve the existing problems in California schools. These grants for education reform can be made directly to the schools or to independent organizations which are closely involved with this issue. In addition, the Foundation provides funds to private secondary schools, colleges and universities for student financial assistance, in the form of both scholarships and loan programs. Favor is given to those programs directed at talented middle income students who are unable to obtain assistance from sources specifically available to low income students.

Ford Foundation




"The Ford Foundation is a resource for innovative people and institutions worldwide. Our goals are to:

  • Strengthen democratic values,
  • Reduce poverty and injustice,
  • Promote international cooperation and
  • Advance human achievement

This has been our purpose for almost half a century. "







"To make the most effective use of IBM resources and expertise, IBM has selected priority issues and key initiatives for investment. Our main focus is Education. We also provide smaller grants in the areas of Adult Education and Workforce Development, Arts and Culture, Communities in Need, and the Environment. "

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation


The purpose of the Foundation is to "aid and promote such religious, charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes as may be in the furtherance of the public welfare or tend to promote the well-doing or well-being of mankind." Under this broad charter, the Foundation currently makes grants on a selective basis to institutions in higher education; in cultural affairs and the performing arts; in population; in conservation and the environment; and in public affairs.








MetLife's longstanding commitment to education is underscored by its support of education-based activities in precollege education, business, insurance and economic education, and higher education.

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation






The mission of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is "to support efforts that promote a just, equitable, and sustainable society." The Foundation's particular interests include:

  • Fresh approaches to solving community problems in its defined program areas;
  • Approaches that, if proven successful, can generate long-term support from other sources and/or be replicated in other communities when appropriate;
  • Public policy development and research and development activities to further existing programs, as well as to explore new fields of interest; and
  • Approaches and activities that lead to systemic change.


NCTE Research Foundation
NCTE Research Foundation Grants-in-Aid



The National Council of Teachers of English Research Foundation provides grants of up to $12,500 for research projects in English/Language Arts. The Trustees welcome research on all topics related to English/Language Arts and especially encourage proposals focusing on underrepresented populations. Applicants must be members of NCTE. Applicants whose proposals arrive at NCTE by the February 15 deadline can expect a response late in May.




"EDUCATION AND HUMAN RESOURCES: The Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) has primary responsibility for NSF’s efforts to provide national leadership in improving science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education. Its comprehensive and coordinated programs address every education level (i.e., prekindergarten through postdoctoral study), as well as early career development and science literacy in the general public."







The New York Times Company Foundation, Inc.
Arthur Gelb, President
229 W. 43d St.
New York, NY 10036
(212) 556-1091

For 1998 the Foundation made grants totaling $5.0 million in the areas of education, journalism, cultural affairs, community services and environmental concerns. The Company's various businesses strengthened their ties to their communities through donations to, or participation in, a variety of local causes. In addition the Times Company is involved in a number of worthwhile causes in the communities it serves. The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund, administered by the Foundation, raised $5.8 million in its 1997-1998 campaign.



This site provides information about a number of federal education grant programs managed by the Office of Educational Research and Improvement. Of special interest is the Field-Initiated Studies program. The Field-Initiated Studies Education Research Grant Program (FIS) is a competition for support of research proposals that come from researchers and practitioners in universities, schools, and other institutions around the country, reflecting their sense of what is important and constructive to study.





The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education provides support for students through graduate school. Several programs provide funding, directly or through institutions, for graduate fellowships and research and educational experiences abroad.

The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

1055 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1701, Los Angeles, CA 90017













Type: Private
Deadlines: None
Average grant: @ $50,000

Foundation Focus: Civic/cultural (disadvantaged), education (higher, technology, sciences), health (disadvantaged, elderly, families, youth, medical equipment, services), social (disadvantaged, services).

Funds May Be Used For... Student loans, fellowships, research, equipment, building, program develoment.

Limitations: Funds in Los Angeles County to 501c3 organizations. No support for: general fund raising; dinners; mass mailings; direct aid to individuals; conferences, seminars, workshops; sectarian, religious, fraternal purposes; endowments; federated fund raising; programs for which there is already substantial support; candidates for political office; lobbyists.

How To Apply: Send a preliminary letter to Executive Director outlining the nature of the project, amount requested and justification, and background of organization. Full proposal will be requested if project is deemed appropriate.


RGK Foundation




"The RGK Foundation endeavors to be a catalyst for progressive change in humanitarian concerns. Guiding the Foundation is a deep reverence for democracy and a civil society together with the founders' values of foresight, imagination and discovery. By seeking innovative projects, without geographical limitations, in the areas of health, education, human services and community affairs, the Foundation strives to advance knowledge, improve society and help realize human potential at home and abroad."




Educational Funding: University departmental programs, including Doctoral Fellowships, Faculty Career Initiation Funds, Career Counseling Grants, Matching Gifts, and Secondary Education receive the largest share of educational funding through the Shell Foundation.



The Spencer Foundation


The Spencer Foundation is a private foundation that grants funds to support research which contributes to the understanding of education and improvement of its practice.

The Dissertation Fellowship Program for Research Related to Education assists young scholars interested in educational research in the completion of the doctoral dissertation, thus helping to ensure a continued growth of able researchers in the field. The Program was established in 1986 and for the first seven years of its existence was administered by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Since 1992, the Program has been administered internally at the Foundation. Over the 14 years of the operation of the Program, the Spencer Foundation has supported nearly 400 Dissertation Fellows.

Annually the Dissertation Fellowship Program supports 30 to 35 Fellows by providing monetary assistance ($20,000) and opportunities for professional development. For the past six years, each cohort of Dissertation Fellows has come together three times during the fellowship year for exchange across academic and intellectual boundaries. Beginning researchers from a variety of fields and approaches to the study of education share their work with each other and with more senior scholars in ways that are designed to build a strong community of scholars committed to educational inquiry, both within traditional disciplines and in departments and schools of education.