APAGS/Psi Chi Junior Scientist Fellowship
The intent of the Junior Scientist Fellowship is two-fold: to provide funding for a first- or second-year graduate level project and to provide constructive feedback to select applicants to increase their chances of achieving success on a future National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship application.
The primary intent is to recognize outstanding research-oriented students who are entering their first year (or first semester of second year) of graduate study and to help them get their research off the ground. Graduate students from research-based psychology and neuroscience programs are eligible to apply.
The second intent of this fellowship is to provide written feedback to select applicants. Many students apply for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (eligibility requirements for the NSF fellowship) without ever having applied for a research fellowship. It is our intent to provide feedback to select applicants so that they can use that feedback to strengthen their NSF graduate fellowship application.
Funds for this $1,000 fellowship must be used to support direct research costs. These funds can be used to pay participants, purchase essential equipment or software, acquire books or instruction manuals critical to one's line of research, pay fees to publish at open-access journals, or for any other direct research cost. The funds cannot be used for indirect costs such as travel, personal computer or class textbooks. The funds can be used for any direct research costs in a student's first year (or second year, if submitting in the summer prior to one's first year) of graduate school and do not need to be limited to the research discussed in the research essay.
This grant is available only to students who are entering their first year, or the first semester of their second year, of a research-oriented masters or doctoral program in fall 2016. Students who have completed more than 12 months in a graduate program are not eligible.
Students entering into programs with a practice component are eligible but should describe their graduate level research intentions in the graduate research plan statement.
To be eligible, one must be a member of APAGS and a member of Psi Chi. This means that students entering their first year of graduate school must have joined Psi Chi as an undergraduate; students entering their second year of graduate school may have joined as undergraduates or during their second semester of graduate school.
Each application must include all of the following materials:
Personal, Relevant Background and Future Goals Statement: Includes professionally relevant background information about the applicant, why the applicant believes she or he should be awarded the fellowship, and the applicant's future career goals. This essay should not exceed one page (single spaced) and will be assessed according to NSF's intellectual merit and broader impacts criteria. Please include your Psi Chi member number at the end of your personal statement essay.
Graduate Research Plan Statement: This statement includes two major components: previous research experience and future directions. The previous research experience component should demonstrate an understanding of prior research conducted, highlight one's skills, and illustrate development as a scientist. The future directions component can include either a formal proposal for a specific research project or may more generally address the future direction of one's research. The research component must not exceed three pages (single spaced) and any references, figures, tables or appendices must fit within the page limits. The research component will be assessed according to NSF's intellectual merit and broader impacts criteria.
Curriculum Vitae (CV): Students must submit a brief CV (not to exceed two pages, single spaced). See this Psychology Today article for a description of how to compose a CV and to see examples.
Letter of Recommendation: The letter should address your qualifications and promise as a scientist, and is not to exceed two pages (single spaced). This letter can come from either your undergraduate or graduate advisor.
Uploading attachment instructions
- Please submit items one to three in one PDF file, in the order listed above. Word documents or more than one upload for these documents will not be reviewed. Please name your file, "Last Name_Award Name_Year of submission," so an example would be "Smith_JSF_2016." Learn ways to merge files into one PDF.
- You may submit your letter of recommendation as a separate attachment; recommenders may also send the letter directly to us via email. The letter may be a PDF or a Word file.
Please note the online system will close at 11:59 p.m. ET on the day of the deadline; all application materials must be submitted at that time. No mail submissions will be accepted. If you are not an APAGS member at the time of submission you may attach a copy of the receipt you get when you join APA/APAGS electronically as proof of your membership. Please add this receipt to the end of your application, after the CV. Letters of recommendation may be submitted separately via email by the deadline. Submit your application online.
Please read this carefully: Approximately two months before an application is due, you will see this specific grant/award as a choice in the drop-down menu under “Grants” in the online submission form. Do not apply until the grant is listed in this menu as your application will not be accepted. Check back periodically if you are waiting for a chance to submit. The online system will close immediately on the due date and time. Late submissions will not be accepted. You will receive notification of your award decisions approximately two months after the due date.
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