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Kingsbury Center Data Award
We are committed to supporting the next generation of researchers and scholars with the Kingsbury Center Data Award. These awards are designed to help graduate students and university researchers without project funding use our Growth Research Database (GRD) to further their research goals and projects. The purpose of the award is to make this resource available to graduate students and university researchers without financial support.
The GRD houses demographic information and highly reliable, longitudinal student achievement information for approximately 10% of the United States student population. Please click here for more information about what data are available. The data awards will be offered to a limited number of applicants each year. Applications may be submitted at any time.
What is the value of the award?
Data Award recipients will receive, at no cost, a dataset comprised of data relevant to their research needs. In addition, the recipient will receive a set amount of technical assistance from the Kingsbury Center research staff in using the data.
Who is eligible?
At the time of application, students must be enrolled in a masters or doctoral program at a U.S. college or university; unfunded researchers must be affiliated with a U.S. college or university.
Data Award recipients will be chosen on a competitive basis by a selection committee at NWEA. Selection will be based on the suitability and the technical strength of the applicant's proposed research project. Criteria that will be considered include importance of the problem; clarity of the proposal; and the degree to which the proposed research requires the longitudinal achievement data contained in the GRD.
How do interested graduate students and researchers apply?
To apply for the award, please submit the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- A 1-2 page abstract of your study that defines the purpose, research question or hypothesis, study design, and data fields needed for your research. The data fields available in the GRD can be found here.
- A copy of your curriculum vitae
- If you are a student, a letter of endorsement from your advisor
- Contact Information: Name, Email Address, Mailing Address, Phone Number, Institution (Students, please also include Advisor Name and contact information, degree, and program)
Please note that graduate student award recipients are required to have a graduate advisor as the institutional representative for research projects. If you receive the award, we will need an agreement between your host organization and NWEA that is designed to assure proper handling of the data, permissions from participants if those are needed, and confidentiality protections.