Young Scholars Program (YSP)

Please note that the currrent LOI cycle of the FCD Young Scholars Program has closed as of 12PM, May 9th, 2014. Please sign up for the Learning Curve to receive future announcements about the YSP. 

The FCD Young Scholars Program (YSP) supports policy- and practice-relevant research on the development and learning needs of the nation's young children growing up under conditions of poverty and low-income.  FCD believes that early learning is a solid first step towards lifelong development and that promoting research in this area, conducted in a holistic and culturally sensitive manner, will help address the disparities in children's outcomes. 

YSP encourages applications from scholars who are:

  • From historically disadvantaged or underrepresented groups, e.g. first-generation college graduates, and those from low-income communities. 
  • Scholars who represent a variety of disciplines and methods, given that mental, physical, health, social, economic, institutional, and community factors impact early learning and child development.


Eligible researchers will have received their doctoral degrees (e.g., Ph.D., J.D., Ed.D., Psy.D., M.D.) within seven years of application submission. Ten years for physician applicants.

To view additional eligibility criteria, research focus and for more information about applying to the YSP please download the full YSP Guidelines


  • The online full Application process will close at Noon ET on Monday, July 14, 2014
  • No later than the end of January 2015 – Notification of full Application status


Questions can be addressed to: