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Graduate Research Scholarships

Call for Proposals

Application Deadline: Sunday, October 30, 2022, at midnight (Pacific)

The Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is dedicated to supporting promising graduate student research that impacts the career development and transition of exceptional individuals.

Maximum amount: Up to $500

Funds can be used to support thesis, pre-dissertation, or dissertation research related activities (e.g., materials, software, participant costs, data collection, equipment).

Interested applicants should prepare a 4-page, double-spaced, grant application that includes the following:

  • Description of the research, including study rationale, literature review, methodology, and relevance to the field (please see scoring rubric for additional guidance)
  • Budget and justification – study needs should align with budget range (e.g., a literature review may require less funding, for example)
  • Timeline for project completion
  • References (not included in 4-page limit)
  • Letter of support from faculty advisor (not included in 4-page limit)

Entries are limited to 4 double-spaced pages (not including references or letters of support). If an entry exceeds 4 pages, excess pages will not be evaluated. Decisions will be made by November 18, 2022, and recipients will be expected to conduct research in Fall 2022, or Spring, Summer, or Fall of 2023.

Scholarship recipients will be invited to share their research at the Fall 2023 DCDT Conference. Travel to the conference cannot be covered under the grant funds, but registration fees will be waived for scholarship recipients.

You must be a current DCDT member to apply.

For more information or to submit a proposal, please contact Dr. Elisabeth Kutscher at

Last Updated:  15 September, 2022

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