Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship

$5,000 for work in stigma related to mental illness.

Deadline: May 15, 2017

Sponsor: APF


The APF Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship supports graduate-level scholarly projects that use a psychological perspective to help understand and reduce stigma associated with mental illness. The scholarship helps address research which shows that stigma is a significant barrier to treatment and recovery for many of the 50 million Americans living with mental illness.

The amount of the scholarship is $5,000. The Franks Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Drs. Violet and Cyril Franks.

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  • Graduate student in good standing at an accredited university.
  • Demonstrated commitment to stigma issues. 
  • IRB approval must be received from host institution before funding can be awarded if human participants are involved.
How to Apply

Proposal Requirements

  • Description of proposed project to include goal, relevant background, target population, methods, and anticipated outcomes (format: 5 pages; 1-inch margins, no smaller than 11-point font).

  • Budget.

  • CV.

  • Letter of recommendation from faculty advisor.

Submission Process

The Franks Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Drs. Violet and Cyril Franks.

Past Recipients

Megan Rogers, Florida State University


Ian Stanley and Melanie Hom, Florida State University


Ruth Firmin, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis


Matthew Lebowitz, Yale University


Hannah Weisman, University of California, Santa Barbara


Benjamin Dickstein, Boston University


Luma Muhtadie, University of California, Berkeley


Lindsey Monteith, University of Houston


Yura Yasui, University of Wisconsin, Madison


Anne Krendl, Dartmouth College