Scott Mesh Honorary Grant for Research in Psychology

This grant is intended to support dissertation research leading to a doctoral degree in the field of psychology.

Deadline: May 6, 2015

Sponsor: APAGS

Scott Mesh was one of the founding co-chairs of APAGS in 1988. This $1,000 grant was named in his honor as appreciation for his initial work in launching APAGS.

APAGS grants and awards are available to graduate student members of APAGS who are enrolled at least half-time as a student in good standing at a regionally accredited university. Students who join as a graduate student affiliate are members of APAGS; students who are members of APA as undergraduate student affiliates, associate member or other member status, must change their status to graduate student affiliate prior to applying for this grant/award.

Undergraduates are not eligible to apply for these grants/awards, nor are current or former APAGS Committee members, subcommittee chairs and task force chairs. In addition, former APAGS subcommittee members or ad hoc reviewers who have previously reviewed this grant are not eligible. Previous recipients of each grant/award are not eligible to apply again for a period of five years.

How to Apply

Each application must include all of the following materials:

  1. A cover letter (not to exceed two pages single-spaced) that includes background information about the applicant, the dissertation, why the applicant believes s/he should be awarded the grant (e.g. relevance of the project to the grant) and the applicant’s future educational and professional goals.
  2. An abbreviated research proposal (not to exceed three pages single-spaced) that includes specific aims, background and significance, proposed research methodology, implications of proposed research and detailed budget.
  3. An abbreviated curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages single-spaced).
  4. A letter of recommendation (not to exceed two pages single-spaced) supporting your application that addresses your qualifications, how your project will benefit the discipline and the likelihood that your research will help you meet your future educational and professional goals. All materials must be submitted for an application to be considered. Any applications that exceed the page limits (e.g. over two pages in a vita, over three pages for your proposal, or over two pages for a letter of recommendation) will not be scored.

Please submit each of these items as a separate PDF file. We will not accept Word documents. Letters of recommendation (if and only if stated as a requirement above) should also be in PDF form; however, we will accept both Word and PDF versions of the letter of recommendation only.


Please note the online system will close at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the day of the deadline; all application materials must be submitted at that time. No mail submissions will be accepted. If you are not an APAGS member at the time of submission you may attach a copy of the receipt you get when you join APA/APAGS electronically as proof of your membership. Letters of recommendation may be submitted separately via email by the deadline. Submit your application online.

Please read this carefully: Approximately two months before an application is due, you will see this specific grant/award as a choice in the drop-down menu under “Grants” in the online submission form. Do not apply until the grant is listed in this menu as your application will not be accepted. Check back periodically if you are waiting for a chance to submit. The online system will close immediately on the due date and time. Late submissions will not be accepted. You will receive notification of your award decisions approximately two months after the due date.

Past Recipients

Victoria C. Merritt: Penn State University
Rosaura E. Orengo-Aguayo: University of Iowa


Rachel A. Becker: University of Miami
Shannon Marie Christy: Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis


Erin Porter Hambrick: University of Kansas
Laura Stockdale: Loyola University, Chicago


Brian Klasse: Wayne State University


Kelsie Forbush: University of Iowa


Katie Edwards: Ohio University


Farzin Irani: Drexel University


Brian Wymbs: University of Buffalo


Rona Carter: Florida International University


Lori A.J. Scott-Sheldon: University of Connecticut


Leh Woon Mok: University of Minnesota


Amy Smith: University of California, Santa Cruz


Amy G. Lam: University of California, Davis


Janet D. Latner: Rutgers University


Daphne Koinis: University of Massachusetts, Boston


Michael Zvolensky: State University of New York, Buffalo


Su Yeong Kim: University of California, Davis


Elizabeth Davies: University of Chicago


Stuart Ablon: University of California, Berkeley


Meredith Reynolds: University of Michigan