Child Development Research Fellowship Program

Funding Agency:
Administration for Children and Families

ACF is funding a cooperative agreement to sponsor the Child Development Research Fellowship that gives child development professionals from the academic research community the opportunity to experience policy research relevant to programs serving low income children and families. The goal of the fellowship program is to expose researchers to policy environments, particularly at the federal level, whereby they gain skills and expertise for policy-relevant research. The program is intended to stimulate the fellows’ knowledge of child development research and evaluation, particularly regarding services for low income children and families, and to inform their process of developing long-term, policy-relevant research and evaluation agendas. The public will benefit from the increased availability of researchers highly skilled and experienced in policy- and program-relevant research and evaluation. Fellows will engage on a full-time basis for a period of one year (with a possible second or third year at the discretion of the grantee and depending on funding availability). Fellows will be exposed to the broader child development policy environment, particularly at the federal level, and to the policy research community through activities organized and conducted by the grantee. The cooperative agreement will require active partnership between the successful applicant and OPRE.

The grantee must  implement a fellowship programs, starting with recruitment of an appropriate pool of fellows. The grantee will access research professionals across a variety of disciplines related to child development, experience and knowledge regarding professional development, and child development research. They will establish and implement a plan to attract a pool of highly qualified applicants. The grantee will recruit a pool of exceptionally qualified candidates after advertising to, and recruiting from, its membership and other organizations and academic resources within the child development research community.

Fellows may be newly graduated from their doctoral (or doctoral-equivalent program) or range in experience to senior researchers and faculty members. In order to receive the greatest benefit from the fellowship, the recruited fellows must hold doctoral degrees or other degrees of the same level in relevant disciplines. In addition, fellows should have an excellent academic record and come from academic disciplines relevant to social science research and have established expertise in research and evaluation. Degrees and expertise can be from a number of areas relevant to ACF programs and family and child well-being, including (but not limited to) health, education, psychology and social sciences. Fellows must be ready to locate to the Washington, DC area.

Deadline: July 9, 2019

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Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility under the Child Development Research Fellowship FOA is defined under the multiple statutory authorities:

•Section 649 of the Head Start Act, (42 U.S.C. § 9844). Eligible applicants under this authority are “public or private entities."

•Section 658O(a)(5) of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (42 U.S.C. 9858m(a)(5)) does not specify or limit eligibility for research, demonstration, or evaluation activities.

•Title IV, part A, section 403(a)(2) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 603(a)(2)). Eligible applicants under this authority are "public and private entities."

Eligible fellows must have a doctoral level degree (or other advanced graduate degrees at the same level in relevant disciplines) in subjects relevant to child development; and skills and experience in research and evaluation.

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement. See Section III.3. Other, Application Disqualification Factors.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.
See Section IV.2. Legal Status of Applicant Entity for documentation required to support eligibility.

Amount Description

Award Ceiling: $880,000 Per Budget Period
Award Floor: $120,000 Per Budget Period

Length of Project Period: 60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

July 9, 2019