The Research Mini-Grant Program seeks to encourage research that contributes to the field of Montessori education. Funding up to $3,500 per Mini-Grant is available for individuals whose research shows potential for bringing fresh insights to the practice, theory, history, or effectiveness of Montessori education. The Research Mini-Grants Program is administered by the AMS Research Committee with the Mini-Grants Subcommittee authorized to review and recommend grant recipients.
The Mini-Grants include two categories:
- Funding research studies related to Montessori education
- Providing support for the presentation of Montessori research at non-Montessori conferences
Dollars Available: Grants can range from $200 to $3,500, contingent on available AMS research funds and the scope of proposals received.
Deadline: Proposals will be accepted until March 30, 2022, 11:59 PM (ET).
Eligibility: Any researcher with a postgraduate degree may apply for the award, or any individuals pursuing an advanced degree and currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral degree program. Awards will be given only to members in good standing of the American Montessori Society. If the proposal is from two or more researchers, at least one member of the research team must be an AMS member. AMS employees and Board Members are ineligible for the award.
Funding Priorities: Although research must focus on Montessori education and practice, the study can be grounded in any academic discipline and may use any valid research approach. Candidates should be interested in undertaking further research on Montessori education beyond that being supported currently. Funding will be granted only to expenses either directly associated with the research project OR to the dissemination of the research project at a conference and in a future publication. Suggested topics are listed in the Research and Publications area of the American Montessori Society website: Resources for Montessori Research Provided by AMS.
General Instructions: Please provide all information requested in the proposal. All proposals must be in English. No additions or revisions will be accepted after the proposal deadline. Prior to the proposal submission, applicants are welcomed to consult with the AMS Research Coordinator, or the Chair of the Mini-Grant Subcommittee, with questions about their proposal or the appropriateness of their research study.
Awards and Conditions: All proposals will be blind reviewed by a selection committee created by the AMS Research Committee. Basic criteria for selection include the importance of the research question to understanding Montessori education, the quality of the research approach, and the feasibility of the work plan. Applicants will be notified of a decision within 45 days of the submission deadline. The award will then be announced to the larger AMS community.
Examples of Potential Grant Awards:
Research Studies: The mini-grant may be used to fund an entire research project or a discrete part of the study. An illustrative but not exhaustive list of possible studies includes the collection and analysis of quantitative data; carrying out a classroom ethnography or other qualitative study; historical research on Montessori; conducting a survey of Montessori educators and analyzing findings, and developing a pilot study of Montessori practice.
Note: No more than 25% of the requested funds can be allocated to general-purpose equipment, facilities, or administrative activities.
Conference Presentations: The grant can be used by the primary investigator(s) for registration and/or travel expenses for a conference presentation at a professional organization such as the American Educational Research Association, the Society for Research in Child Development, or the History of Education Society.
Travel for Data Collection: The grant also may be used for travel expenses if data collection is involved. Examining records of the American Montessori Society in the AMS Archives at the Dodd Center at the University of Connecticut, or interviewing administrators in public Montessori schools in Cincinnati, are examples of data collection needs involving travel.