BEA Grants for Precollege & Undergraduate Teaching Conferences
APA's Board of Educational Affairs will award $10,000 in grants to support conferences on enhancing the quality of undergraduate education in psychology and advancing the teaching of psychology at the secondary, two-year or four-year level. To qualify for funding, conferences must be directed by an APA member, associate or affiliate, and meet the stated criteria.
Grant recipients may use the funds to offset travel expenses of selected conference participants, registration fees of conference participants and speaker fees. Applicants may qualify for up to $1,000 during a given year and applications for new as well as annual meetings are encouraged.
To be considered for funding, applications must meet the following criteria:
The conference must advance the teaching of psychology at the secondary, two-year and/or four-year level.
The conference must be directed by an APA member, associate or affiliate.
The grant must be requested by an APA member, associate or affiliate.
The grant must be used to offset travel expenses of selected conference participants, registration fees of conference participants and/or speaker fees.
The grant application must include the application cover sheet and must address each of the application components.
Applicants who have previously received a BEA grant(s) for conferences and who are currently seeking funding must also provide a summary evaluation of the outcomes of those previous conferences, such as participants’ conference satisfaction and goal attainment.
Funding requests must be postmarked by Feb. 17. Send requests to Martha Boenau of the Education Directorate:
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Application cover sheet (PDF, 70KB)
Please address each topic in the numbered order given below. The criteria noted refer to the application scoring rubric (PDF, 160KB) for proposals.
Objectives of the conference (Criterion 2)
Outline the specific objectives of the conference.
Participants (Criteria 5, 6)
Describe the projected audience of the conference:
- Indicate the nature and diversity of the probable attendance, including their academic institutions (e.g., 2-year colleges, high schools, comprehensive universities).
- Describe the geographic area from which the participants will come (e.g., a particular state, a region of the country).
- Indicate the number of participants who will attend the conference. If the teaching conference is part of a larger conference, confine your estimate of the number of participants to those who will specifically attend the teaching conference or teaching strand.
- Advancement of the teaching of psychology (Criteria 1, 4)
Explain how the conference program will advance the teaching of psychology. Explain the breadth of potential impact on the program — on attendees, on individuals beyond the attendees and/or on larger academic-related structures (e.g., an academic department, the teaching community).
Conference program (Criteria 3, 8)
Describe the proposed conference program. Indicate its length and its specific activities (e.g., descriptions of workshops, sessions, invited speakers, hands-on activities). For conferences that are still in the planning stages, provide a vision of workshops, sessions, speakers and so forth with as much specificity as possible. Append a proposed conference schedule of activities. Note that program elements and activities will be rated for innovativeness. For conferences that have occurred in prior years, copies of previous programs may be appended to describe a basic blueprint for the conference. A complete description of the currently proposed program is required, even if previous programs are appended.
Evaluation of effectiveness of the conference (Criterion 9)
Describe how the effectiveness of the conference will be evaluated. Include a description of evaluation tools or assessments/measures you plan to employ. Existing or proposed instruments may be appended.
Budget (Criterion 7)
Provide a budget of all anticipated expenses associated with the conference. Indicate confirmed and anticipated sources of funding. Include in-kind funding. Describe how the BEA grant will be used to offset travel expenses of selected conference participants, registration fees of conference participants and/or speaker fees.