APF/Society for General Psychology Mary Whiton Calkins Grant

One grant of $1,500-$3,000 to support faculty who teach at primarily undergraduate serving institutions and who identify undergraduate education as their primary focus.


Sponsor: APF, Division 1 (Society for General Psychology)


The APF/Society for General Psychology Mary Whiton Calkins grant encourages research that fits into the broad category of general psychology with a particular interest in research that combines multiple subfields within the discipline or addresses overarching themes. The strongest proposals will align with one or more of Div. 1's (Society for General Psychology) goals and will support faculty members who seek to promote coherence among psychology’s subfields.

The grant will support faculty who teach at primarily undergraduate serving institutions and who identify undergraduate education as their primary focus.

Learn more about Div. 1 (Society for General Psychology).

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated on:
  • The extent to which the proposal is aligned with one or more of the Div. 1 goals. Applicants should explicitly address alignment with Div. 1 goals in their proposals.  
  • The quality of the core elements of the proposal:
            - Literature review 
            - Methodology 
            - Intended outcome (e.g., likelihood of presentation/publication, potential as a shared resource)

Applicants must:

  • Be a member of Div. 1 (Society for General Psychology) who teaches psychology at a primarily undergraduate serving institution. Members who have served on the Div. 1 executive committee in the past three years are not eligible.
  • Obtain IRB approval from host institution before funding can be awarded if human participants are involved (IRB approval is not required at the time of submission).
Preference will be given to:
  • Applicants who have not been awarded these funds in the previous three years.
  • Projects that are likely to be presented and/or published in a peer‐reviewed outlet or that could be made available to division members through web resources.
  • Projects that involve undergraduates.
How to Apply

Submission Process

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

Proposal Requirements

For more information about the proposal requirements please see the online application form.

1. Cover page to include applicant names, institutional affiliations, and contact information. Applicants who are in short-term or visiting positions should specify the timeline of their appointment and clarify whether the nature of the appointment will affect the ability to complete the proposed research if funded.

2. Proposal Summary (7 pages max, single-spaced, 11‐point font, 1-inch margins around):

  • Literature review and research question/hypothesis (1-page max. suggested)
  • Methodology (1-page max. suggested)
  • Data analysis and expected results (1/2 page max. suggested)
  • Alignment of the project (1-page max. suggested)
  • Project timeline (12 months)
  • Budget and budget justification
  • Feasibility
  • Undergraduate student involvement
  • Reference list (not included in page limit)

3. Abbreviated CV (10 pages max.) for principle investigator and any co-investigators.

Past Recipients
  • Erin Cooley, PhD, Colgate University “Developing Love for the Outgroup without Sacrificing Perceived Loyalty to the Ingroup: Testing an Intervention to Maximize the Benefits of Cross-Race Friendships.”
  • Manyu Li, PhD, University of Louisiana “The psychological impact of natural disasters in the Gulf Coast: Mediating effects of place attachment, community support and hassles and uplifts.”