F. J. McGuigan Dissertation Award

$2,000 to support dissertation research that addresses any aspect of mental function (e.g., cognition, affect, motivation) and seeks to understand the mind from both a behavioral and neural perspective.

Deadline:

Sponsor: APF

Description

APF is seeking applications for the F. J. McGuigan Dissertation Award, which supports dissertation research that addresses any aspect of mental function (e.g., cognition, affect, motivation) and seeks to understand the mind from both a behavioral and neural perspective.

Proposed research should be compatible with McGuigan’s overall goals and may fall within any area of contemporary behavioral or brain science (including more recent forms of cognitive psychology).

Evaluation Criteria

  • Conformance with the stated program goals
  • Quality, viability and potential impact of the proposed project.
  • Originality, innovation and contribution to the field.  
  • Applicant’s demonstrated competence and capability to execute the proposed work.
  • Allocation of resources and criticality of funding for execution of work (particularly if part of a larger funded effort).

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Eligibility
  • Completed doctoral candidacy, including dissertation approval by doctoral committee.

  • Demonstrated commitment to stated program goals (dualistic approaches characteristic of much contemporary cognitive research are specifically ineligible).

How to Apply

Please be advised that APF does not provide feedback to applicants on their proposals.

Proposal Requirements

Please include the following in a single document (Not to exceed three pages, one-inch margins, 11-point Times New Roman/Garamond Font, single space):

  • Goals, relevant background/literature review
  • Methods (must be detailed enough so that the design, assessments and procedures can be evaluated) 
  • Anticipated outcomes, significance and impact
Additionally, please submit the following documents:
  • Project timeline (not to exceed one page; typically, APF grants are for one year)
  • Detailed budget and justification (not to exceed one page)
  • Abbreviated CV (not to exceed five pages)
  • Recommendation letter from academic advisor.

APF does not allow institutional indirect costs or overhead costs. Applicants may use grant monies for direct administrative costs of their proposed project.

Past Recipients

2017

  • Michael Sun, University of California, Los Angeles

2016

  • Forest Gruss, University of Florida

2015

  • Rachel K. Bencic Hamilton, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2014

  • Kathleen Hazlett, Marquette University

2013

  • R. Ross MacLean, Pennsylvania State University

2012

  • Marc Coutanche, University of Pennsylvania

2011

  • Anna Docherty, University of Missouri, Columbia

2010

  • Elizabeth Shulman, University of California, Irvine

2009

  • Lauren M. Bylsma, University of South Florida