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Funding opportunities

$6,000 for research or service in psychoanalysis

APF and APA's Div. 39 (Psychoanalysis) offer a joint grant that supports education, research and service that can advance the field of psychoanalysis. The 2016 grant will support direct community service using psychoanalytic principles that target clinical, organizational or social problems, including problems related to social justice. Apply by June 15. 

$5,000 for research on stigma

APF's Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship provides up to $5,000 to support graduate-level research on how to understand and reduce stigma associated with mental illness. Apply by May 15.

Up to $5,000 for graduate student research

APF and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology offer 21 general research scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 for psychology graduate students. Apply by June 30.

$2,500 for neuropsychology research

APF offers two $2,500 Benton-Meier Neuropsychology Scholarships for graduate students enrolled in neuropsychology programs. Apply by June 1.

$2,000 for dissertation research

The F.J. McGuigan Dissertation Award provides up to $2,000 to support dissertation research that seeks to understand the mind from both a behavioral and neural perspective. Apply by June 1.

$1,000 for an exceptional female leader

The APAGS Carol Williams-Nickelson Award for Women's Leadership and Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship that honors a female APAGS member who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in psychology by serving in one or more leadership roles locally, regionally or nationally, while also advancing women's issues through her writing and publications, research, advocacy or other scholarly activities. Apply by May 4.

$1,000 for first- and second-year graduate students

APAGS and Psi Chi offer a $1,000 Junior Scientist Fellowship for grad students in the first or second year of their graduate programs. The goal is to fund early research and provide constructive feedback to applicants to increase their chances of achieving success on a future National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship application. To be eligible, applicants must be members of both APAGS and Psi Chi. Apply by June 30. 

$1,000 for innovative research

APF provides a $1,000 Drs. Rosalee G. and Raymond A. Weiss Research and Program Innovation Grant to support research, education and intervention projects that use psychology to solve social problems in the following priority areas: Fostering the connection between behavior and physical health; reducing stigma and prejudice; violence prevention; and the long-term psychological needs of individuals and communities in the aftermath of disaster. Apply by Sept. 15.

$1,000 for early graduate student research

APA's Science Student Council offers $1,000 Early Graduate Student Researcher awards for research within the first two years of doctoral study. The funds may be used for direct research expenses such as computer time, animal care, equipment and participant fees, but not for tuition, fees or personal expenses. Each recipient receives an award of $1,000. Apply by Sept. 15.

$1,000 for convention travel

The Paul Henkin School Psychology Travel Grants provide two $1,000 travel grants for student members of APA Div. 16 (School Psychology) to offset travel costs to APA's 2016 Annual Convention in Denver. Apply by April 15.

Other opportunities

Vote for your next leaders

Students are encouraged to vote in the 2016 APAGS elections being held April 1-30. APAGS members can vote for chair-elect and four member-at-large positions: member-at-large, diversity focus; member-at-large, membership recruitment/retention; member-at-large, practice focus; and member-at-large, research academic focus. Review ballots. All APAGS members who have provided APA with their email address will be sent an email with a unique link that directs automatically to the elections ballot.

Learn better: Follow @AceThatTest

Students can glean tips on how to boost their learning and improve their study habits via the Twitter feed "Learning Scientists" at @AceThatTest. Psychologists Megan A. Smith, PhD, an assistant professor at Rhode Island College, and Yana Weinstein, PhD, an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, share the latest psychological science on learning and motivation in an effort to reduce students' test anxiety and promote better study habits. "Our mission is to make scientific research more accessible to students and educators in order to increase the use of evidence-based study strategies among students," says Smith. Learning Scientists also has a website and blog with a how-to series on such topics as "How to Study a Textbook."

Be a reviewer for Translational Issues in Psychological Science

Graduate students can apply to be a reviewer for the graduate student journal Translational Issues in Psychological Science®. To apply, upload a two-page curriculum vitae. The vitae should list your affiliation, years of training, manuscripts that you have submitted to a peer-reviewed journal, conference submissions and any experience you have as a reviewer for peer-reviewed journals.

Join the APAGS leadership team

Develop leadership skills by serving as an APAGS subcommittee member. APAGS has openings on four subcommittees: the Committee for the Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Diversity; the Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity; the Convention Committee; and the Science Committee. Apply by Sept. 7.

Watch and learn how to apply to grad school

Students can get guidance on studying for the GRE, preparing for graduate school interviews and everything in between from the APA video series "Preparing and Applying for Graduate School in Psychology." The series takes prospective psychology graduate students step-by-step through the application and admission process. Presenters John Norcross, PhD, and John Hogan, PhD, of the University of Scranton, share advice from their decades of advising experience on how to master each step. Topics include "Writing Personal Statements," "Securing Letters of Recommendation" and "Identifying Compatible Graduate Programs." In a bonus feature, prominent psychologists share their advice on getting into graduate school. 

Nominate a division that empowers students

APAGS seeks nominees for the Outstanding APA Division Award, a $1,000 prize that recognizes an APA division that does an exceptional job of promoting graduate student development, involvement and joint APAGS/APA division membership.

To be considered, a division must have an active doctoral student membership and at least one student leader in the APAGS Division Student Representatives Network. The student nominator must be a member of APAGS. Application materials must include a formal proposal with a description of the division's goals on enhancing graduate student development, a discussion of anticipated student initiatives and a description of how the funds will support future student activities. Nominations are due May 4. 

Kudos to our winners

APAGS has presented its 2016 research grant and award winners. The winners are:

  • APAGS/Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice/Div. 31 State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Associations Award: Minnesota Psychological Association
  • APAGS Committee for the Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Diversity Training Grant: Jennifer Ho, University of San Francisco, for "The Next Step in Retaining PsyD Students of Color: Facilitating Critical Discussions Related to Race"
  • APAGS Disabilities Training Grant: Teri Krakovich, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis for "Thought Leaders and Entrepreneurs: Promoting Quality of Life for Teenagers and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder"
  • APAGS Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity Grant Program: Shannon Martin and Natalia Anding-Rivera, Florida School of Professional Psychology
  • APAGS Teaching Excellence in Psychological Science Award: Chelsea Schnabelrauch Arndt, Kansas State University, and Jiyun Elizabeth Shin, Stony Brook University
  • Basic Psychological Science Research Grants: David Arndt, Jay Bettergarcia, Jeffrey Bowen, Kimberly Chaney, Yara Mekawi, Marykate Oakley, Yasmine Omar, Amy Rapp, Maya Rossignac-Milon, Marianne Rizk, Ashley St. John, and Timothy Williamson.

Find information on all APAGS travel and training grants, research scholarships and awards.

Attend the Minority Fellowship Program Summer Institute

APA's Minority Fellowship Program is accepting applications for its Psychology Summer Institute, to be held July 17-23 in Washington, D.C.

The weeklong workshop provides educational, professional development and mentoring experiences to advanced doctoral students and early career psychologists.

Participants work on developing a grant proposal, postdoctoral fellowship, dissertation, treatment program, publication or program evaluation project. All projects must focus on issues affecting ethnic-minority communities. Participants will receive one-on-one mentoring on their projects. Faculty will teach seminars on such topics as grant writing and publishing and on specific areas of research or service delivery. There will also be opportunities to network with representatives from federal agencies and foundations.

Apply online by May 1.

Up to $9,000 to understand the connection between behavior and health

Graduate students and early career psychologists are encouraged to apply for the American Psychological Foundation (APF) David H. and Beverly A. Barlow Grant. The grant supports innovative research, education and interventions that advance psychological research and application in understanding and fostering the connection between behavior and health. Apply by Sept. 15.

More grants and opportunities

Don't see a grant that suits your needs? Search more than 650 scholarships, grants and awards by deadline, topic, type or the kind of recipient on APA's website.

Level up your data analysis expertise

Advanced graduate students are encouraged to apply for APA's new Advanced Training Institute (ATI), which offers students and scientists training on the latest approaches to designing, analyzing and presenting data from single-case research.

The five-day training program, "Single-Case Intervention Research: New Developments in Methodology and Data Analysis," will be held June 27-July 1 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The APA Advanced Training Institutes are intensive weeklong training programs that expose psychological scientists, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students to state-of-the-art research methods. Those who attend the "Single-Case Intervention Research" program will get hands-on experience in planning and designing single-case intervention studies, and in visually and statistically analyzing the data using new software. The institute's co-directors — Thomas R. Kratochwill, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Joel R. Levin, PhD, of the University of Arizona — will also provide individual consulting sessions throughout the week. APA will select up to 30 participants. The application deadline is April 11.

APA is also accepting applications for its popular annual ATI, "Nonlinear Methods for Psychological Science," June 20-24 at the University of Cincinnati. This institute teaches methods of analysis from nonlinear dynamics and complexity theory and offers first-hand experience in analyzing data for nonlinear structure. Participants will learn to analyze a variety of types of data sets. Applications are due April 4; APA will select up to 25 participants.

Tuition for each ATI costs $375 for postdoc and graduate student members of APA and $550 for students and postdocs who aren't members. Financial assistance is also available. APA arranges for on-campus or nearby housing at competitive group rates.

Submit applications electronically through each institute's Web page. For more information, contact Rachel Waldroff at (202) 336-6000.

Serve as an APAGS ambassador in Denver

Maximize your networking opportunities and meet other students by serving as an APAGS ambassador at the 2016 APA convention in Denver, Aug. 4-7. Ambassadors take head counts and distribute and collect program evaluations during APAGS programs, provide information to convention attendees at the APAGS booth and in the APAGS suite, and distribute promotional items to students. Ambassadors must attend a mandatory ambassador orientation and dinner on Wednesday, Aug. 3 before convention. Ambassadors do not earn free convention registration for their service.