Distinguished Research Fellowship

Richard W. Woodcock Distinguished Research Fellowship

Application Deadline

  • March 1st
  • Complete the Woodcock DRF grant application. Download a copy of the application [Word .doc]

Research Fellowship Description

In recognition of Dr. Richard W. Woodcock’s many outstanding contributions to field of psychoeducational assessment, the Richard W. Woodcock Distinguished Research Fellowship (Woodcock DRF) has been created to support and recognize the scholarship of established researchers.

The Woodcock DRF is an annual competitive grant awarded to U.S. universities or other not-for-profit educational entities to provide release time for one individual to pursue research/scholarly projects that are consistent with the mission of the Woodcock Institute. The Woodcock DRF is intended to provide support for individuals with an established research record with grant funds used to offset a portion of the recipient’s salary and fringe benefits for the chosen grant period. The grant funds may not be used for any other expenses other than salary and fringe benefits. The grant recipient may choose to receive funding for a period of 6 months or funding spread out over a full 12-month period. The grant applicant must specify the requested grant funding period which allows them sufficient time to complete their proposed research project(s).

The grant recipient is required to receive reduction in their normal job duties from their employer commensurate with the total amount awarded for the grant period. The fellowship grant provides the recipient time to conduct original research and disseminate findings or to produce books, monographs, peer-review-articles, e-books, or digital materials based on their prior research. Grant applicants must articulate in their application a clear research agenda with timelines and a description of the final work products.

The Woodcock Institute invites research applications from scholars in all disciplines as long as the research relates to the mission of the institute.

Research Fellowship Eligibility Guidelines

  • The researcher’s agenda must be related to the mission of the Woodcock Institute, which is the advancement of neurocognitive research and translation of neurocognitive research into practice.
  • The Applicant must have an earned doctoral graduate degree in an academic discipline or professional field (e.g., school psychology, clinical psychology, education), or have appropriate experience in an educational research profession.
  • The Applicant must be affiliated with either a U.S. state tax exempt entity or a 501(c)(3) organization such as a college, university, school district, or research entity that is willing to serve as the fiscal agent if the grant is awarded. The Woodcock Institute does not award research grants directly to individuals. The Woodcock Institute does not pay for overhead expenses.
  • The applicant may hold more than one active research grant from the Woodcock Institute at any given time (i.e., Woodcock Institute Research Grant).
  • The grant request may not exceed $130,000 in total, with salary capped at $100,000 and fringe benefits capped at $30,000, unless approved by the Executive Director of the Woodcock Institute.

Funding Period

Six Month Funding Options:

July through December of the application year or

January through June the year after the application.

Full Year Funding Option:

July through June

Expected notification date: April 15th.

Funding Amount

The maximum award amount is $100,000 which includes salary and fringe benefits reimbursement. The fellowship grant amount cannot exceed the recipient’s total salary plus fringe benefits for the chosen funding period.


  1. Complete the Woodcock DRF grant application. Woodcock Fellowship Application [Word .doc]
  2. Submit a research proposal in English (as a separate .PDF or MS Word document).

The research proposal should include the following elements:

  1. Theoretical or conceptual framework for the applicant’s line of research (1-2 paragraphs)
  2. Statements how the applicant’s research relates to the mission of the Woodcock Institute (1 paragraph)
  3. Brief review of relevant research related to the applicant’s line of work, if applicable (1-4 paragraphs)
  4. If original research is to be conducted:
    1. Research questions, including hypotheses to be tested (1-2 paragraphs)
    2. Description of methodology, including the data set or data collection method, estimated sample size, and proposed analytic techniques (up to 1-2 pages)
  5. Project schedule timeline
  6. IRB approval from agency timeline (table or narrative), if applicable.
  7. Distribution plan for completed research (e.g., journal publication, book, monograph, etc.). Grant recipients may be invited to present their research findings at a future conference sponsored by the Woodcock Institute.

NOTE: The recommendations in parentheses are meant to provide applicants with a general idea of the desired level of information and are not intended to be strict requirements or limits.

      3. Provide a current copy of the affiliated organization's IRS Section 501(c)(3) or tax exemption letter. (Does not apply to internal TWU applications).

Submission Instructions

  1. After you have completed the Woodcock DRF grant application, save the file, and append the file name with the last name of the Applicant (i.e., WI_FellowshipGrant_Smith.doc).
  2. Submit application materials via email to:
    woodcockinstitute@twu.edu Attn: Jacque Endres, Woodcock Institute Grants Coordinator

Please attach the following to your email submission:

  • Woodcock DRF grant application
  • Research proposal (in PDF or MS Word format)
  • A CV or resume of the applicant.
  • A current copy of your organization's IRS Section 501(c)(3) or tax exemption letter (does not apply to internal TWU applications).

You will receive a confirmation email upon receipt of your application, and a formal response will be sent via email within 6 weeks of submission. Grant awardees will be asked to submit an interim report detailing their progress on their research and then submit a final report along with copies of their scholarly products.

Recognition of Funded Recipients

Recipients of the Woodcock DRF will be recognized on the Woodcock Institute’s website and may be recognized in newsletters and other promotional literature.

Funded Recipients

  • Dr. Dawn P. Flanagan, Professor of Psychology at St. John's University in NY and Affiliate Clinical Professor at Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine. She is the recipient of the 2023-24 Richard W. Woodcock Distinguished Research Fellowship. 
  • Dr. Denise E. Maricle, Professor in the School of Social Work, Psychology and Philosophy at Texas Woman’s University is the recipient of the 2022-23 Richard W. Woodcock Distinguished Research Fellowship.

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