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Young Scholars Invited to Apply for Youth Purpose Research Awards

Here’s another grant opportunity that aims to fund research on youth and “purpose,” which sounds a lot like civic engagement to me: The Stanford Center on Adolescence supports young scholars pursuing research related to youth purpose. The program defines “purpose” as “a stable and generalized intention to accomplish something that is at once meaningful to the self and of intended consequence beyond the self.” Up to four awards of no more than $10,000 each will be given in 2008 and 2009 for dissertation, postdoctoral, and early faculty career research that sheds light on adolescent intention, involvement with beyond-the-self causes, and topics that lead to the development of purpose, function of purpose in a youth’s life, and supports for and challenges to purpose.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., and must be affiliated with an accredited college or university in the United States. Applicants may be from any discipline that may inform youth purpose scholarship. Complete program information is available at the Stanford Center on Adolescence Website (www.stanford.edu/group/adolescent.ctr). Deadline: January 17, 2008.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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