APAGS/Psi Chi Junior Scientist Fellowship

APAGS and Psi Chi are committed to promoting psychological science and the needs of research-oriented students. The Junior Scientist Fellowship provides support for students entering their first year, or the first semester of their second year, of a research-oriented graduate program.


Sponsor: APAGS



The intent of the Junior Scientist Fellowship is two-fold: to provide funding for a first- or second-year graduate level project and to offer constructive feedback to select applicants to increase their chances of achieving success with 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 begin successful research programs. Students in research-based psychology and neuroscience graduate 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 previous experience applying for a research fellowship. It is our intent to provide 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 other direct research cost. The funds cannot be used for indirect costs such as travel, personal computers or class textbooks. The funds can be used in a student's first year (or second year, if submitting in the summer prior to one's first year) of graduate school for projects other than the one discussed in the graduate research plan statement. 


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 2018. 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 intention to pursue graduate-level research projects 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.

Students who have already been awarded the NSF GRFP are ineligible for the JSF. 

How to Apply

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, the applicant's future career goals, and how graduate school will prepare the applicant for future contribution to science and society. This statement should not exceed three (3) single-spaced pages and any references, figures, tables or appendices must fit within the page limits.

Use 12-point, Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins on all sides. Ten-point font may be used for references, footnotes, figure captions and text within figures. The statement 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 current 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. This statement should not exceed two (2) single-spaced pages and any references, figures, tables or appendices must fit within the page limits.

Use 12-point, Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins on all sides. Ten-point font may be used for references, footnotes, figure captions and text within figures. This statement 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 gradPSYCH article for a description of how to compose a CV and to see examples. Additional tips on how to write an impressive CV.

Letter of Recommendation: The reference letter should include comments on the applicant's potential for contributing to a globally-engaged United States science and engineering workforce, statements about the applicant's academic potential and prior research experiences, statements about the applicant's proposed research, and any other information to enable reviewers to evaluate the application according to the NSF Merit Review Criteria. Please use the following format guidelines:

  • Institutional (or professional) letterhead, if available.
  • 12-point, Times New Roman font in the body of the letter.
  • Name and title of reference writer.
  • Department and institution or organization.
  • Letters should not exceed two (2) single-spaced pages.
  • This letter can come from either your undergraduate or graduate research advisor.
Uploading attachment instructions
  1. 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_2017." Learn ways to merge files into one PDF.
  2. 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.
  3. Failure to comply fully with the above requirements will result in the application being rejected without review.

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.

Visit the Psi Chi email page if you are a Psi Chi member and have forgotten your username or password.

Past Recipients


  • Robert Vlisides-Henry: University of Utah 
  • Katherine Hackett: Temple University 
  • Abigael Lucas: University of Michigan 
  • Linnea Ng: Rice University 
  • Shelby Ortiz: Miami University 
  • Madeline Reinecke: Yale University 
  • Olivia Silke: California State University, Long Beach 
  • Anoushka Shahane: Rice University
  • Drake Van Egdom: University of Houston 
  • Violeta Rodriguez; University of Georgia 
  • Daniel Rosenfeld: University of California, Los Angeles 
  • Michael Silverstein: Drexel University


  • Peter Soyster: University of California, Berkeley 
  • Natasha Gulati: University of Washington 
  • Julia Liao: University of Michigan 
  • Natalia Van Doren: Pennsylvania State University 
  • Xin “Alisa” Zhao: Florida International University 
  • Kelly Cosgrove: The University of Tulsa 
  • Michelle Rivers: Kent State University 
  • Taylor Hendershott: Washington University 
  • Carol Wang: University of Houston 
  • Natasha Fowler: Michigan State University 
  • Minhnguyen Cao: George Washington University 
  • Andrew Blake: Texas Tech University


  • Paula Yust: Duke University

  • Joao Guassi Moreira: University of California, Los Angeles

  • Marina Gross: Washington University in St. Louis

  • Colin Bosma: University of Maine

  • Julia Case: Temple University

  • Jia Chong: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Atina Manvelian : University of Arizona

  • Daniel Moriarity: Temple University

  • Hannah Rasmussen: University of Southern California

  • Alexandra Sullivan: University of Vermont

  • Kaidi Wu: University of Michigan

  • Emily Wyckoff: University of Connecticut


  • Emily Bernstein: Harvard University

  • Cameron Doyle: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Claire Houtsma: University of Southern Mississippi

  • Yihan Li: University of Rochester

  • Jennifer Lu: University of Chicago

  • Elizabeth Nick: Vanderbilt University

  • Margarita Sala: Southern Methodist University

  • Sarah Sperry: University of North Carolina at Greensboro

  • Aya Williams: University of California, Berkeley

  • Casey Leigh Brown: University of California, Berkeley

  • Alexis Catherine Carpenter: Harvard University

  • Stephanie Paige Goldstein: Drexel University

  • Alissa Mahler: University of Maryland, College Park

  • Luis Armando Parra: University of California, Davis

  • Katherine Rahill: Catholic University of America

  • Jonathan Wendall Reeves: University of California, Berkeley

  • Cynthia Yuen: University of Illinois

  • Elizabeth Aunying Yu: University of Michigan 


  • Lauren Breithaupt: George Mason University 

  • Nikoleta Despodova: CUNY Graduate Center 

  • Rebecca Grady: University of California-Irvine 

  • Charles Lynch Jr.: Georgetown University 

  • Jennifer MacCormack: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

  • Stephanie Manasse: Drexel University 

  • Caterina Mosti: Drexel University 

  • Alison Nagel: University of Virginia 

  • Joshua Whiffen: Purdue University 


  • Christopher Begeny: UCLA 

  • Hillary Devlin: Yale University 

  • Sachiko Donley: University of California-Irvine 

  • Steven Felix: Harvard University 

  • Nicole Jardine: University of Iowa 

  • Adela Timmons: University of Southern California 

  • Danielle Umland: University of Central Arkansas

  • Anne Ward: Boston University 

  • Blaire Weidler: Washington University


  • Janell R. Blunt: Purdue University 

  • Logan Fiorella: University of California-Santa Barbara 

  • Erika Nicole Fountain: Florida International University 

  • Elizabeth L. Johnson: University of Chicago 

  • Timothy J. Wright: Florida State University