Esther Katz Rosen Fund Grants

Up to $50,000 for work related to the psychological understanding of gifted children and youth.


Sponsor: APF


The Esther Katz Rosen Fund* was established in 1974 by a generous bequest intended to support “…activities related to the advancement and application of knowledge about gifted children.”

Rosen Fund grants:

  • Enable and enhance development of identified gifted and talented children and adolescents.
  • Encourage promising psychologists to continue innovative research and programs in this area.

Support will be provided for activities on the advancement and application of knowledge related to identified gifted and talented children and adolescents, such as:

  • Research.
  • Pilot projects.
  • Research-based programs.

Grant amounts range from $1,000 to $50,000.

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated on:

  • Conformance with stated program goals and qualifications
  • Quality and impact of proposed work
  • Innovation and contribution to the field
  • Applicant’s demonstrated competence and capability to execute the proposed work

*In November 2013, the American Psychological Foundation Board of Trustees combined the Rosen Graduate Student Fellowship and Rosen Early Career Research Grant into a single program, the Esther Katz Rosen Fund Grants.

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Applicants must:

  • Be affiliated with a school or education institution.
  • Hold a doctoral degree from, or be a graduate student at, an accredited university for research proposals.

Graduate students and early career psychologists (10 years or less postdoctoral) are encouraged to apply. APF also supports pilot projects that, if successful, would be strong candidates for support from major federal and foundation funding agencies, and “demonstration projects” that promise to generalize broadly to other geographical areas and/or to other settings. Teaching time releases are not supported from the Rosen Fund.

How to Apply
Proposal Requirements
  • Detailed proposal that makes a case for the need to be addressed; describes the proposed project, methodology and the applicant's qualifications; and includes a detailed budget and justification.

    1. Format: not to exceed 7 pages (1 inch margins, no smaller than 11 point font); one paragraph abstract.
    2. If questionnaires are referenced in proposals, they must be included with the application.
    3. If applicable, proposals should describe “participant characteristics” in full detail.
  • Appropriate use of assessment is encouraged.

  • Current CV.

  • Two letters of support.

Past Recipients


  • Nielsen Pereira, PhD, and Ophelie Allyssa Desmet, Purdue University
    "How Gifted Underachievement Develops According to Gifted Underachievers and Their Parents"


  • Matthew Makel, PhD, Duke University


  • Danika Maddocks, PhD, University of Texas at Austin

  • Tracy Missett, PhD, University of Montana


  • Catherine Hartley, PhD, Weill Cornell Medical College

  • Alissa Doobay, PhD, University of Iowa

  • Rena Subotnik, PhD, and Frank Worrell, PhD, Coalition for the Psychology of High Performance


  • Jeffrey Bergmann, George Mason University

  • Saiying Steenbergen-Hu, PhD, and Eric Calvert, PhD, Northwestern University

Prior to 2014, the Esther Katz Rosen Funds were divided into separate grants:

Early Career Research Grant

The early career research grant awarded up to $50,000 to a psychologist within seven years postdoctoral.


  • Mathew McBee, PhD

Graduate Student Fellowships

Graduate student fellowships awarded up to $20,000 for a one-year fellowships.


  • Chi Huang, Palo Alto University
    "Creativity and Personality in Highly Gifted Youth"


  • Carlton Fong, University of Texas at Austin


  • Zeb Lim, University of Kansas


  • Karen E. Rambo, University of Connecticut


  • Joni M. Lakin, University of Iowa

  • Kristen Peairs, Duke University


  • Jill Lynn Adelson, University of Connecticut

  • Thalia Goldstein, Boston College