The International Reading Association (IRA) published descriptions of its grant awards. I’ve reproduced the descriptions here. See the end of the entry for links to the relevant parts of IRA’s Web site.
The Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award is a US$1,000 annual award to those who have completed their dissertations on reading and literacy between May 15, 2007 and May 14, 2008. Studies using any research approach (e.g., ethnographic, experimental, historical, survey) are encouraged. Each study will be assessed in light of its approach, the scholarly qualification of its reports, and its significant contributions to knowledge within the reading/literacy field. Hurry, submission deadline is October 1, 2008.
The following grant programs, applicants can complete and submit their proposals electronically via IRA’s new online application system. Deadline for submission is January 15, 2009.
The Elva Knight Research Grant is a grant program of up to US$10,000 for research in reading and literacy. Projects should be completed within 2 years. Studies may be carried out using any research method or approach as long as the focus of the project is on research in reading or literacy. Activities such as developing new programs or instructional materials are not eligible for funding except to the extent that these activities are necessary procedures for the conduct of the research.
The Helen M. Robinson Grant is a US$1,000 annual grant to support doctoral students at the early stages of their dissertation research in the area of reading and literacy.
The Jeanne S. Chall Research Fellowship is a US$6,000 grant to encourage and support reading research by doctoral students. The special emphasis is to support research efforts in the following areas: beginning reading (theory, research, and practice that improves the effectiveness of learning to read); readability (methods of predicting the difficulty of texts); reading difficulty (diagnosis, treatment, and prevention); stages of reading development; the relation of vocabulary to reading; diagnosing and teaching adults with limited reading ability.
The Nila Banton Smith Research Dissemination Support Grant program assists in the dissemination of research (e.g., a literature review, meta-analysis, monograph, or other work) to the educational community. All International Reading Association members, including student members working on a research dissemination activity, are eligible to apply for the grant. The support shall not exceed US$5,000.
The Reading/Literacy Research Fellowship is a US$5,000 award to a researcher residing outside the United States or Canada who has evidenced exceptional promise in reading research and deserves encouragement to continue working in the field of reading. Applicants must have received a doctorate or its equivalent within the past 5 years.
The Steven A. Stahl Research Grant program, established to honor his memory and work, provides support for classroom research in reading and literacy instruction to promising graduate students who have at least three years of teaching experience. This is an annual award of US$1,000.
The Teacher as Researcher Grant program is available to preK-12 teachers with full or permanent half time teaching responsibilities, librarians, Title I teachers, classroom teachers, and resource teachers. Applicants may apply as a collaborative group or individually. Grant requests can be for up to US$5,000; IRA prefers smaller grant awards in order to provide support for as many teacher researchers as possible.