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The Hymen Milgrom Supporting Organization (HMSO) funds two programs: (1) the Milgrom Community Service and Innovation Fellowship for University of Chicago students, focused on helping improve the lives of disadvantaged children and youth in Chicago through education-related community service; and (2) the Successful Pathways from School to Work research initiative, which supports rigorous inquiry on how educators can become more effective in fostering the skills, dispositions, and experiences essential for success in the modern labor market, as well as society as a whole.

The 2017 competition for Milgrom Community Service and Innovation Fellowship grants in now closed. Winners of the 2017 competition will be announced in early May.

The HMSO is now seeking proposals for 2017 research grants and will fund two categories of research in 2017: (1) field-initiated pre-doctoral projects by students at the University of Chicago, working under close supervision of faculty mentors; and (2) field-initiated faculty projects with a University of Chicago faculty member as principal investigator, which may involve work by faculty, graduate students, and practitioners both within and outside the University of Chicago.

The HMSO will support a range of study types, employing a variety of disciplinary tools and perspectives to examine questions pertinent to enhancing the educational and life chances of disadvantaged students. Two kinds of intervention are of particular interest: those occurring early (during pre-elementary and elementary years) that show potential to assist public school children who otherwise would be at high risk of entering high school with poor academic and non-academic skills; and those that occur later (during the secondary school years) that show great potential to enable public school students with comparatively low skills to gain the skills, dispositions, and information needed for successful transitions into the labor market. 

For new research grants, the HMSO is now seeking Letters of Interest that cannot exceed 1,500 words in length, due by May 8, 2017. For more information about this year’s research grant competition, including who may apply and the process for submitting an application, consult the 2017 RFP.