BWG Emerging Scholars Application

Emerging Scholars are individuals currently engaged in a research project or research synthesis related to Bridging the Word Gap.


Deadline: December 17, 2021

The Bridging the Word Gap (BWG) Research Network is currently seeking applicants for the Bridging the Word Gap Emerging Scholar Program. Four successful applicants will be given the opportunity to participate in the cutting-edge work of the Network advancing the science of intervention around reducing the gap in language exposure commonly experienced by young children from underserved groups. BWG encourages applications from persons of color and other traditionally under-represented groups.

Purpose: The BWG Emerging Scholars Program is a mentorship program designed to improve the ability of emerging scholars to launch productive careers focused on research that will contribute to understanding the word gap and developing interventions to reduce the gap by promoting children’s language development and enriching their language learning environments

What is the Bridging the Word Gap Research Network? The Bridging the Word Gap (BWG) Research Network is a national collaboration of research experts, policymakers, early educators, civic leaders, program directors and funders supported by the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA)/Maternal and Child Health Bureau to identify effective intervention practices for promoting children’s language development and improving outcomes for children from underserved groups. An important aim of the BWG Research Network is providing mentorship for promising early career researchers who are interested in developing a program of research to address the word gap.

Please complete and send this form along with the following application materials (described below) via email to the BWG Project Coordinator at

Deadline for the application is: December 17, 2021

  1. Biosketch (4-page limit)
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Overview (3-page limit) of your proposed study
  4. Letter of Commitment (pdf) from a BWG Research Network member (we can help you secure this letter)
  5. Letter of Recommendation (pdf) from a present or former research advisor

Please address any inquiries regarding the application to:

Alana Schnits, BWG Project Coordinator