Psychological Science Research Grant

This grant provides support for graduate students conducting psychological science research studies, with additional funding reserved specifically for diversity-focused research.

Deadline:

Sponsor: APAGS

Description

The intent of this grant is to fund innovative psychological science research projects. Graduate students in all fields of psychology and neuroscience, and who are APAGS members are eligible to apply. Funds for this $1,000 grant must be used to support direct costs related to the proposed research (e.g., participant payment, software purchases). This grant may be used for thesis, dissertation or other research.

Up to three additional grants for $1,000 will be awarded for innovative psychological science research projects specifically related to diversity. APAGS defines diversity according to APA’s Multicultural Guidelines (2002):

Diversity “refer[s] to individuals' social identities including age, sexual orientation, [gender and gender identity], physical disability, socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, workplace role/position, religious and spiritual orientation, and work/family concerns.”

For the purposes of this grant, proposing a diverse participant sample is not sufficient criteria alone for making an innovative and significant contribution to psychological research. The candidate should discuss/justify in their proposal how this project promotes diversity (See 'How to Apply' for how to submit the Diversity Supplement). 

Eligibility

APAGS grants and awards are available to graduate student members of APAGS who are enrolled at least half time as a student in good standing at a regionally accredited university. Students who join as a graduate student affiliate are members of APAGS; students who are members of APA as undergraduate student affiliates, associate member or other member status, must change their status to graduate student affiliate prior to applying for this grant. Please also note that the proposed project must be completed while you are still a graduate student. 

Undergraduates are not eligible to apply for these grants, nor are current or former APAGS committee members, subcommittee chairs and task force chairs. In addition, former APAGS subcommittee members or ad hoc reviewers who have previously reviewed this grant are not eligible. Previous recipients of each grant are not eligible to apply again for a period of five years.

How to Apply

Each application must include all of the following materials:

  1. An abbreviated research proposal (not to exceed three pages single-spaced; must be 12pt Times New Roman font and 1-inch margins) that includes specific aim(s)/purpose, background, significance, proposed research methodology, implications of proposed research and detailed budget. Applicants must disclose whether the proposed project is receiving funding from another mechanism, what those funds are covering, and why the additional funds are needed. Any figures, tables or appendices must fit within the page limit but the references section may be on a separate page. Only proposals meeting the formatting requirements will be considered. The research proposal will be evaluated based upon the quality of the background/introduction, project motivation/rationale, proposed methodology, feasibility and theoretical implications/overall merit.
  2. If you are resubmitting an application, you may provide a one-page cover letter describing your revisions.
  3. If you wish to be considered for the diversity-earmarked funding, you must upload a separate document limited to 250 words that explains (a) how this research applies to one or more areas of diversity, and (b) how the overall merit and broader implications of this study contribute to our psychological understanding of diversity. To be eligible for funding, your document must be titled “LAST NAME DIVERSITY SUPPLEMENT” and uploaded as a PDF. If your application is not selected for diversity-earmarked funding, you will still be considered in the general pool of applicants for this grant.

Please submit materials 1 and 2 combined into one PDF file, in the order listed above. Submissions with more than one upload (other than the diversity supplement) will not be reviewed. Please name the file “Last name_Award Name (abbreviated)_Year of submission”, so an example would be “Smith_PSRG_2015”. If you are submitting for the diversity supplement, please upload item 3 as a second separate PDF file with “PSRG-Diversity” as the award name in the file (e.g. “Smith_PSRG-Diversity_2015). Look here for ways to merge files into one PDF.

Submissions

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 or email submissions will be accepted. If you are not an APAGS member at the time of submission, you may join here, then attach a copy of the receipt you get when you join APA/APAGS electronically as proof of your membership.

Submit your grant 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 eight to 10 weeks after the due date.

View frequently asked questions about the Psychological Science Research Grant. 

Past Recipients
2017

Fall

  • Emily Bernstein: Harvard University
  • Brittany Lang: University of South Florida
  • Jessica McGovern: Louisiana State University
  • Danielle Taylor: Oklahoma State University

Diversity Grant of the Psychological Science Research Grant

  • Mileini Campez: Florida International University
  • Kara Fehling: Rutgers University
  • Joshua Goodman: University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Enrique Gracian: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Rachel Herman: University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Danielle Krusemark: Florida State University
  • Kinjal Pandya: University of South Carolina
  • Laura Quinones-Camacho: University of California, Riverside

Honorable Mentions

(Honorable Mentions do not get funded, but receive certificates.)

  • Tiffany Beattie: University of Oregon
  • Natasha Chaku: Fordham University
  • Sarah David: Texas Tech University
  • Margaret Fields-Olivieri: Pennsylvania State University
  • Rose Fonseca: University of Tulsa
  • Leslie Gaynor: University of Florida
  • Hilary Miller: University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Shantel Powell: University of Albany
  • Naomi Stahl: American University
2016

Spring

  • David Arndt
  • Jay Bettergarcia
  • Jeffrey Bowen
  • Kimberly Chaney
  • Yara Mekawi
  • Marykate Oakley
  • Yasmine Omar
  • Amy Rapp
  • Marianne Rizk
  • Maya Rossignac-Milon
  • Ashley St. John
  • Timothy Williamson

Diversity Grant of the Basic Psychological Science Research Grant

  • Amy Rapp
  • Jay Bettergarcia
  • Yara Mekawi

Honorable Mentions

(Honorable Mentions do not get funded, but receive certificates.)

  • Shanna Cooper
  • Shannon Duncan
  • Jerika Norona
  • Sheida Rabipour
  • Yvette Szabo
  • Chassitty Whitman
  • William Woody
  • Teresa Young
  • Jenny Zhen-Duan
2014

Fall

  • Nicholas W. Affrunti: University of Louisville
  • Rodolfo Barragan: Stanford University
  • Monica Patricia Burns: Harvard University
  • David Eddie: Rutgers University
  • Jonathan M. Gallegos: The Pennsylvania State University
  • Sheena Jeswani: Fordham University
  • Benjamin N. Johnson: The Pennsylvania State University
  • Charles Lynch: Georgetown University
  • Jennifer Marie Staples: University of Washington
  • Diversity Grant of the Basic Psychological Science Research Grant
  • David J. Lick: University of California, Los Angeles
  • Nicholas Alexander Livingston: University of Montana
  • Vanessa Victoria Volpe: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Honorable Mentions

(Honorable Mentions do not get funded, but receive certificates.)

  • Samantha Connolly: Temple University
  • Liana Senneth Elliott Hone: University of Miami
  • Brian M. Johnston: The Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • Larissa Ann McGarrity: University of Utah
  • Kinton Rossman: University of Louisville
2013

Fall

  • Ariana Naomi Bell: University of California, Los Angeles
  • Timothy Campellone: University of California, Berkeley
  • Allison Cantor: Duke University
  • Katie Chun: University of California, Davis
  • Renee Cloutier: University of North Texas
  • Brian Feinstein: Stony Brook University
  • Adrienne Laurel Lidgard: University of Cincinnati
  • Rebecca G. Reed: University of Arizona
  • Jillian Rung: Utah State University
  • Adela Timmons: University of Southern California

Honorable Mentions

(Honorable Mentions do not get funded, but receive certificates.)

  • Monica Patricia Burns: Harvard University
  • Joshua Caplan Gottlieb: Texas Tech University
  • Marilyn Piccirillo: Temple University
  • Ericka Rutledge: Northern Illinois University
2012

Spring

  • Logan Fiorella: University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Erica Hornstein: University of California, Los Angeles
  • Anna Konova: Stony Brook University
  • David Piekarski: University of California, Berkeley
  • Emily Zale: Texas A&M University

Honorable Mentions

(Honorable Mentions do not get funded, but receive certificates.)

  • Emily Cogsdill: Harvard University
  • Jessica Ann Latack: Stony Brook University-State University of New York
  • Robert Ross MacLean: The Pennsylvania State University
  • Samuel Aaron Sakhai: University of California, Berkeley
  • Brittany Solomon: Washington University in St. Louis

Fall

  • Kristen Breit: Purdue University
  • Alexander Browman: Northwestern University
  • Jason Chen, Erica Coates: Esther Davila, University of South Florida
  • David Dodella-Feder: Harvard University
  • Matt Judah: Oklahoma State University
  • David Miller: Northwestern University
  • He Pu: Tufts University
  • Ivan Vargas: University of Michigan
  • Noreen Watson: Texas Tech University

Honorable Mentions

(Honorable Mentions do not get funded, but receive certificates.) 

  • Jessica Chiang: University of California, Los Angeles
  • William Chopik: The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Joshua Rottman: Boston University
  • Sara Stasik: University of Norte Dame
  • Lauren Winczewski: University of California, Santa Barbara
2011

Spring

  • Christopher C. Conway: University of California, Los Angeles
  • Philip Grimaldi: Purdue University
  • Sarah Henderson: Dartmouth College
  • Edmarie Guzman-Velez: University of Iowa

Honorable Mentions

(Honorable Mentions do not get funded, but receive certificates.)

  • Daniel L. Ames: Princeton University
  • Colleen M. Carpinella: University of California, Los Angeles
  • Erica Elizabeth Coates: University of South Florida
  • Gina Fernandez: George Mason University
  • Katherine M. Galligan: Arizona State University
  • Eric Hehman: University of Delaware
  • Cheri A. Levinson: Washington University
  • Eric Murphy: Georgetown University
  • Eric J. Pedersen: University of Miami

Fall

  • Lauren M. Greenberg: Drexel University
  • Eric Murphy: Georgetown University
  • Eric J. Pedersen: University of Miami
  • Michael A. Russell: University of California, Irvine

Honorable Mentions

(Honorable Mentions do not get funded, but receive certificates.)

  • Colleen M. Carpinella: University of California, Los Angeles
  • Michelle Feng: University of Southern California
  • Logan Fiorella: University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Erica Hornstein: University of California, Los Angeles
  • David Piekarski: University of California, Berkeley
  • Shari A. Steinman: University of Virginia
  • Anna Woodcock: Purdue University
  • Emily L. Zale: Texas A&M University
2010

Spring

  • Jeffrey M. Hunger: California State University, Fullerton
  • Jill Waring: Boston College

Honorable Mentions

(Honorable Mentions do not get funded, but receive certificates.)

  • Eric Hehman: University of Delaware
  • Nathaniel Lucena: Washington University in St. Louis
  • Elizabeth Uhl: University of Texas at El Paso

Fall

  • Nathaniel Lucena: Washington University in St. Louis
  • Mary M. Sweeney: Utah State University

Honorable Mentions

(Honorable Mentions do not get funded, but receive certificates.)

  • Colleen M. Carpinella: University of California, Los Angeles
  • William R. Clay: Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Shana L. Cole: New York University
  • Rachel M. Flynn: University of California, Riverside
  • Kathrine M. Galligan: Arizona State University
  • Eric Hehman: University of Delaware
  • Anna Mikulak: Georgetown University
  • Eric J. Pedersen: University of Miami
2009

Fall

  • Hilary Bergsieker: Princeton University
  • Dylan Gee: University of California, Los Angeles
  • Steven J. Holochwost: The University of North Carolina
  • Salvatore Insana: West Virginia University
  • Lisa Jaremka: University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Mariana Preciado: University of California, Los Angeles