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Funding for Research

Funding for Montessori research is available from AMS and other organizations. Below are links to recommended resources.


AMS Mini-Grants

Mini-grants of up to $3,500 support research that can bring fresh insight to Montessori education.


AMS Dissertation & Thesis Awards

Awards of up to $1,000 are available for graduate-level research that furthers the understanding of Montessori education.


AMS Archives Travel Grant

Up to $500 may be awarded to graduate students and established scholars wishing to travel to consult the American Montessori Society archives in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut.


Brady Education Foundation

The Brady Education Foundation funds research and program evaluations in early education with the goal of closing the achievement gap by increasing the school readiness of children living in poverty.


The Friedman Foundation

The Friedman Foundation works to educate the public and policymakers about school choice: what it is, how it works, and why it is needed. Periodically the organization issues calls for proposals to fund studies on the implications of choice and competition for K – 12 education.

National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program

The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $27,500 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world.

This highly competitive program aims to identify the most talented researchers conducting dissertation research related to education. The Dissertation Fellowship program receives many more applications than it can fund. This year, up to 600 applications are anticipated and up to 35 fellowships will be awarded.

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