Jeanne S. Chall Research Fellowship – Dissertation Funding

Deadline: November 1, 2012

The Jeanne S. Chall Research Fellowship is a $6,000 grant established to encourage and support dissertation research in reading by promising scholars. The special emphasis of the fellowship 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. Since this grant program has been established to honor and carry on the work to which Dr. Jeanne S. Chall has dedicated her academic life, the excellence of the proposal will be a primary consideration in the selection process.

All applicants must be current members of the International Reading Association (IRA).

Open to doctoral students who are planning or beginning their dissertations and to university based graduate students who are embarking on their independent research studies on the topics noted above. Applicants may apply for more than one IRA research grant program. However, applicants are limited to one research award per year.


Proposals must be submitted by November 1, 2012; 6:00 PM EST. Electronic submissions are required. If this presents a hardship, please contact Marcella Moore at

Completion of Projects
Within three months of its completion and acceptance by the recipient’s dissertation advisory committee, the recipient is required to submit an electronic copy of the dissertation to IRA for inclusion in the Association’s archives. The Association retains the right of first refusal for a manuscript prepared from the dissertation study, subject to the usual review process conducted
by the appropriate Association committees or groups. At the completion of the dissertation, the recipient will be granted a session at International Reading Association’s annual convention.

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