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Research funding

$25,000 or $5,000 for child psychology research

Graduate students in child clinical psychology, pediatric psychology, school psychology, educational psychology or developmental psychopathology are encouraged to apply for the American Psychological Foundation's Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Child Psychology Graduate Student Fellowship. APF gives preference to students with research projects that can make a substantial contribution to the field and who have demonstrated scholarship and research competence. Apply by Nov. 15.

$12,000 for LGBT research

Graduate students conducting empirical or applied research on lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender family psychology or LGBT family therapy can receive up to $12,000 in research support through APF's Roy Scrivner Research Grant. The awards committee gives preference to dissertation proposals. Apply by Nov. 1.

$6,000 for family dynamics research

APF invites students using theory, assessment or clinical practice to investigate how couples or families interact to apply for the Randy Gerson Memorial Grant. All applicants must be full-time psychology graduate students in good standing at accredited universities. Applications are due Feb. 1. 

$1,500 for human reproductive behavior dissertations

Graduate students conducting dissertation research on any aspect of human reproductive behavior or population trends can apply for the Henry P. David grant to defray their research expenses. Apply by Dec. 1.

$1,000 for basic psychological science

Students conducting research in any area of psychology or neuroscience can apply for an APAGS Basic Psychological Science research grant, which helps fund projects with the potential to make significant scientific contributions. Students can only use funds to defray research costs. Nominations are due Dec. 5 at 11:59 a.m., Eastern Standard Time.

$500 for social justice projects

Students conducting research on issues affecting marginalized women, including studies on sexual harassment, discrimination or reproductive rights, are encouraged to apply for the Div. 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women) Sandra Schwartz Tangri Memorial Award for Graduate Student Research. Advanced doctoral graduate students with projects in their beginning stages are eligible for this award. Apply by Jan. 15. 


Recognize a student-friendly psychological association

Does your state, provincial or territorial psychological association foster graduate student involvement and keep student concerns at the top of its agenda? If so, nominate it for the $1,500 APAGS/Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice/Div. 31 (State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs) Award. Nominations must include a cover letter, a list of the association's student programming and a description of the association's goals for engaging student members. Nominations are due Jan. 14.

Apply for an ethics paper prize

Submit your paper on psychology and ethics to be considered for $1,000, a round-trip ticket to APA's 2013 Annual Convention in Honolulu, three nights of hotel accommodation and free convention registration. Past papers have addressed the ethics of posting personal information online for psychology grad students, how to ensure the professional competence of psychology trainees and the need for psychologists to educate parents on marketing that targets children. Submissions are due Jan. 4.

Honor outstanding student teachers

Know any graduate students who excel at teaching the science of human behavior? Nominate them by Dec. 5 for the $1,000 Div. 2 (Society for the Teaching of PsychologyWilbert J. McKeachie Award. You can also nominate outstanding graduate-student teachers for a $500 APAGS Teaching Excellence in Psychological Science award. Nominations are due Dec. 5 at 11:59 a.m., Eastern Standard Time.

Other opportunities

Attend an international psychology conference

APA's Office of International Affairs offers grants to APAGS or APA members who want to travel abroad to present their findings, or serve as roundtable moderators or chair symposia at international conferences. Recipients can use the grants to cover or partially cover conference registration fees. Applications are due Jan. 1.

Participate in a pediatric psychology workshop

The Div. 54 (Society of Pediatric Psychology) C. Eugene Walker Education Award in Pediatric Psychology offers up to $1,000 to defray travel and registration costs for pediatric psychology students attending conventions, workshops and conferences. Applications are due Jan. 30.

Fund a disabilities workshop

Apply for a $1,000 APAGS Disabilities Grant and fund conferences, speaker series, mentorship programs or student organizations that focus on disability issues. Past grantees have funded training sessions on working with deaf survivors of abuse and conference conversation hours about mental health concerns among people with disabilities. Applications are due Dec. 5 at 11:59 a.m., Eastern Standard Time.

Fund diversity programming at your school

Graduate students who seek funds for workshops, conferences and other opportunities to spotlight multiculturalism or ethnic-minority concerns can offset their expenses with a $1,000 APAGS Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs Grant. Examples of past programs include a mixed-methods workshop for Puerto Rican psychology graduate students, a workshop on counseling students of color and a multicultural research speaker series. Applications are due Dec. 5.

Share your work in community psychology

APA's Div. 27 (Society for Community Research and Action) invites students to contribute to its new "Bulletins on Community Psychology Practice," a monthly newsletter that details the research and practical work of community psychologists and students. For more information, email Bill Berkowitz, PhD.

Free resources for ethnic and sexual minority students

Once available only in hard copy, the "APAGS Resource Guide for Ethnic Minority Graduate Students" and the "APAGS Resource Guide for LGBT Students in Psychology" are now available for free online. The guides are packed with tips to help students from marginalized groups thrive in graduate school.

APAGS welcomes two new subcommittee chairs

Two new subcommittee chairs joined the APAGS Committee this fall, representing student concerns and advocating for graduate student funding and training. Jennifer Vencill, chair of the APAGS Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns, studies counseling psychology at Texas Tech University and is conducting her dissertation research on the relationships among self-objectification, appearance anxiety, depression and sexual functioning in women. She hopes to expand the committee's successful LGBT Mentoring Program and continue to provide quality programming at the annual APA convention.

Jasmin Llamas, chair of the APAGS Committee on Ethnic and Minority Affairs, studies counseling, clinical and school psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on resilience and thriving among Latinos. As committee chair, Llamas hopes to promote access to mentoring for racial and ethnic-minority graduate students and increase access to diversity training and education for all students. Learn more about participating in an APAGS subcommittee.

Present at APA's 2013 Annual Convention

Student presenters at APA's 2013 Annual Convention in Honolulu, July 31–Aug. 4, will gain valuable public speaking experience and professional contacts. Don't miss this opportunity to share your work with your colleagues and add a boost to your curriculum vitae. Applications are due Nov. 16. Learn how to submit your poster or program through APAGS. 

APAGS and Psi Chi honor 17 promising scientists

To help graduate students in their first or second year fund their research projects, APAGS and Psi Chi, the psychology honor society, provide $1,000 grants to promising students. This year's winners are:

  • Christopher Begeny, University of California, Los Angeles

  • 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 in St. Louis

This year's honorable mentions, who receive a certificate, are:

  • Dev Crasta, University of Rochester

  • Lauren Gulley, University of Denver

  • Emily Hooker, University of California, Irvine

  • Kathleen Larson, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

  • Allison Letkiewicz, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

  • Caitlin O'Connor, University of Utah

  • Teresa Pan, University of Kansas

  • Aaron Weidman, University of British Columbia