EGSRA Frequently Asked Questions

I am in a terminal master’s degree program.  Am I eligible? 

Graduate students enrolled in terminal master’s programs are not eligible for this award. 

I am in a doctoral program, but will be earning my master’s degree as a part of the doctoral program.  Am I eligible? 

Students who are working on their master’s degrees are eligible for this award as long as they are enrolled in a program in which the master’s degree is a requirement for the doctoral degree. 

I completed a master's degree and am now enrolled in a doctoral program.  How do all of these years count towards the requirement that I am within my first two years of doctoral study?

Applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral program and cannot have completed more than two years of graduate school studies in psychology by the application deadline. Exceptions could be granted if previous graduate studies are unrelated to the current psychology doctoral program, such as a terminal master's program. Exceptions can be requested by sending an email to the Science Directorate.

I am not a U.S. or Canadian citizen.  Are any specific criteria of eligibility in terms of citizenship?

Any graduate student enrolled in a psychology program at a university in the U.S. or Canada is eligible to apply for this award. Students applying do not need to be U.S. or Canadian citizens, but do need to be enrolled in a graduate program in the U.S. or Canada at the time of application. Students studying at universities in other countries are not eligible regardless of whether they are U.S. or Canadian citizens.

Is there a limit on the number of applications that any given department can forward for the Early Graduate Student Researcher Award?  

Any number may apply from a department, although no more than one student will be selected from a given department.  

Awards are drawn from three categories: basic science, applied science and interdisciplinary science.  Do you have brief descriptions of what type of research you consider to fall under each category?

We do not have such descriptions. You may want to discuss the best category for your research with your advisor. You might also want to review the descriptions of past recipients of this award, which are available as links for the tab called “Past Recipients” at the award website. On this section of the award website, each past recipient’s research area is listed, and there is a link to a newsletter article about each person’s research. You could read those articles to see what type of research generally falls within each category. 

Does APA offer any other awards for science-oriented graduate students?

APA does offer many other awards. Information can be viewed at: