We fund high quality research which builds upon and contributes to knowledge and understanding of Froebelian philosophy, principles and approaches, early childhood education and care.

In 2019 - 2020 the Froebel Trust received 41 applications from researchers in 19 different countries. Open Call Research Grants awarded ranged from £5,000 to £49,000.

Autumn 2020 update: This grant fund is currently closed.

We recognise that the Covid-19 pandemic is causing unprecedented disruption and significant challenges for potential applicants to our funding schemes. Therefore we have temporarily cancelled the call for grant applications.

A renewed call will be issued at a later date with notifications published via our mailing list and social media channels. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Subscribe to our mailing list or email us at office@froebeltrust.org.uk


About the grant

We welcome applications from educational institutions and individuals who share our goal of increasing and advancing knowledge and debate about Froebelian principles and their application in the teaching, learning and development of children from birth to 8 years.

The research we fund is used to engage policy makers, to support parents and inform professionals who work with young children and their families.

Each of our grants and bursary schemes has different criteria, but the overarching theme that runs through all the work we support, is that it builds upon and contributes to knowledge and understanding of Froebelian philosophy, principles and approaches.

The Froebel Trust does not privilege particular methodologies or disciplines.

Applications may include historical, comparative or critical studies where these advance knowledge and understanding of 21st century Froebelian approaches to teaching and learning and/or early childhood care and education.

How to apply

Our grant funds run on an annual cycle and are always advertised on our website and social media channels.

If you are interested in applying for a grant and would like more information, please start by having a look at examples of past awards in our online research library and take a look at our latest Froebel Trust Annual Review. You may also find it helpful to consult our suggested reading list.

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If you have any questions about using the online application system (currently closed) or if you have any further queries about Open Call Research Grants please contact us: office@froebeltrust.org.uk

Recent examples of successful applications

The play-café project: What would Froebelian play cafés look like?

Froebelian Principles in the 21st Century: Play environments and play opportunities for young children experiencing stress

Slow knowledge and the unhurried child: time for slow pedagogies in early childhood education

Froebelian Endeavours, New Education and the ‘Researched’ Child from the 1900s to the 1960s

Key information/ downloads for applicants

Froebel Trust Statement on Expectations of Ethical Practice in Research

The standard Froebel Trust Grant Offer - and Terms and Conditions (introduced in December 2019)

The referencing style to be used by grant holders in their reports

About making changes to your grant

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