CASEL Weissberg Scholars Program for Innovators of Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning

Inspiring a New Generation of Scholars and Educators

To inspire the next generation of innovators who will strengthen the vision of social and emotional learning (SEL), CASEL introduces the CASEL Weissberg Scholars program. The program will provide educational and professional development and create a collaborative community of early career scholars who are eager to make a difference with SEL. 

Early career scholars are defined as individuals who have received their Ph.D., Ed.D., or equivalent research degree between January 2016 and October 2021, and have demonstrated experience and a commitment to collaborative research approaches.

FOR EARLY CAREER SCHOLARS. View Eligibility Requirements (PDF)

START YOUR APPLICATION. Due August 16, 2021*

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Honoring Dr. Roger P. Weissberg

Dr. Roger P. Weissberg and his research work have played a unique role in the evolution and maturation of the field of social and emotional learning. To honor his efforts as a collaborator, mentor, and founding thought leader in the field, CASEL is seeking scholars and educators who embody Dr. Weissberg’s commitment to SEL. 

Dr. Weissberg is CASEL’s chief knowledge officer and board vice chair, and Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. For the past four decades, he has trained scholars and practitioners about innovative ways to design, implement, and evaluate family, school, and community interventions. His more than 260 publications focus on positive youth development programming to enhance the social, emotional, and academic learning of children and adolescents. 

Read more about Dr. Roger P. Weissberg

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The CASEL Weissberg Scholars Program is the most meaningful honor of my professional life. I am excited that my colleagues and I will provide learning experiences and supports to early career scholars who will advance evidence-based practices and policies to improve the positive development and life opportunities of millions of young people.”

Dr. Roger P. Weissberg

Becoming a CASEL Weissberg Scholar

CASEL is committed to supporting those seeking a career in the field of SEL and that are working at the intersection of research and practice. Participation in the two-year CASEL Weissberg Scholars program will enable scholars to gain valuable exposure to the SEL field and allow them to interact with thought leaders in SEL research, practice, and policy. In addition, selected scholars will be provided mentorship from senior scholars in the field of SEL and receive guidance and support in the scholar’s pursuit of educational and professional goals to innovate and advance SEL. 

Applicants will be selected and invited to engage in:

  • Two year commitment, beginning in late Fall, 2021.
  • Mentorship with a leader in SEL research, practice, or policy. Mentors will be matched with each CASEL Weissberg Scholar based on shared interests.
  • Attend regular meetings and seminars, including: 
    • The SEL Exchange Virtual Summit, hosted annually by CASEL in the Fall.
    • One, small in-person meeting with scholars, mentors, educators, policymakers, etc. in the spring (location TBD).
    • Ongoing virtual seminars with leaders to provide an opportunity for small group discussions and dialogue.

Interested Applicants Must:

  • Have received a Ph.D., Ed.D., or equivalent research degree between January 2016 and October 2021.
  • Demonstrate experience/commitment to collaborative research approaches on SEL that include at least one of the following: educators, families, community, policymakers, children and youth.
  • Currently work in settings that include, but are not limited to, university/college, school districts, research organizations, policy institutes, non-profits, or state or federal departments of education.
  • Should conduct research that takes place in real-world settings.

Application Materials due by August 16, 2021

Selection is based on the applicant’s potential to become an innovator in SEL research, practice, and policy. The application should make a cohesive argument for how the applicant will expand their expertise by participating in the CASEL Weissberg Scholars program.

For more detailed information on the application process and material, view the application overview. Download the PDF

  • Curriculum vita or resume (please do not include acronyms).
  • Career Statement Narrative (four-page limit).
  • Sample publications/reports or equivalent (submit up to three). 
  • Professional references, listing names, e-mails, and addresses (three required). 
  • Optional: Provide the names of up to three senior scholars in the field of SEL who you would like to serve as your mentor. Note: we may not be able to accommodate all requests. 

All materials must be received no later than 5:00 pm Central Time on Monday, August 16, 2021. Please note the time zone for differences.


The Advisory Committee is led by Drs. Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl (University of Illinois at Chicago) and Paul Goren (Northwestern University) with Marc Brackett (Yale University), Mark Greenberg (Penn State), Robert J. Jagers (CASEL), and Timothy Shriver (Special Olympics)