Charles J. Gelso, PhD, Psychotherapy Research Grants

The annual Charles J. Gelso, PhD, Psychotherapy Research Grants provides three grants for $5,000 each toward the advancement of research on psychotherapy process and/or outcome.

Deadline: April 1, 2016; April 1, 2017

Sponsor: Division 29

Program Goals 
  • Advance understanding of psychotherapy process and/or outcome through support of empirical research.

  • Encourage talented graduate students towards careers in psychotherapy research.

  • Support psychologists engaged in psychotherapy research.

Funding Specifics 
  • Three annual grants of $5,000 each, to be paid in one lump sum to the researcher, to his/her university's grants and contracts office, or to an incorporated company.

  • Individuals who receive the funds could incur tax liabilities. A researcher can win only one of these grants. 


All doctoral level researchers with a successful record of publication are eligible for the grant. Two of the grants will be reserved for early career psychologists (up to 7 years past their doctoral degree). For the ECP Gelso Grant, the two most highly rated submissions will be awarded grants. The research committee reserves the right not to award a grant if there are insufficient submissions or submissions do not meet the criteria stated.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Applicant must be a member of Div. 29 (Psychotherapy).

  • In 2013, doctoral level psychologists and early career psychologists (up to 7 years past their doctoral degree) will be eligible. ECP applicants should mark their submissions “ECP SUBMISSION” on the first page. 

  • Demonstrated or burgeoning competence in the area of proposed work.

  • IRB approval must be received from the principal investigator’s institution before funding can be awarded if human participants are involved.

  • The same project/lab may not receive funding two years in a row.

How to Apply
Evaluation Criteria
  • Conformance with goals listed above under "Program Goals."

  • Magnitude of incremental contribution in topic area. 

  • Quality of proposed work. 

  • Applicant's competence to execute the project. 

  • Appropriate plan for data collection and completion of the project.

Proposal Requirements for All Proposals 
  • Description of the proposed project to include, title, goals, relevant background, target population, methods, anticipated outcomes and dissemination plans: no more than three single-spaced pages (1-inch margins, no smaller than 11-point font).

  • CV of the principal investigator, with focus on research activities: no more than 2 single-spaced pages.

  • A 300-word biosketch that describes why your experiences and qualifications make you suited for successfully carrying out this research proposal. This will be a blind review so please exclude identifying information.

  • Timeline for execution (priority given to projects that can be completed within two years).

  • Full budget and justification (indirect costs not permitted). The budget should clearly indicate how the grant funds would be spent (no more than one additional page).

  • Funds may be used to initiate a new project or to supplement additional funding. The research may be at any stage. In any case, justification must be provided for the request of the current grant funds. If the funds will supplement other funding or if the research is already in progress, please explain why the additional funds are needed (e.g., in order to add a new component to the study, add additional participants, etc.).

  • No additional materials are required for doctoral level psychologists who are not postdoctoral fellows

Additional Information 
  • A full accounting of the project’s income and expenses must be submitted within six months of completing this project.

  • Grant funds that are not spent on the project within two years of receipt must be returned.

  • When the resulting research is published, the grant must be acknowledged by footnote in the publication.

  • All individuals directly receiving funds from the division must complete an IRS W-9 form prior to the release of funds. A 1099 will be sent after the end of the fiscal year (Dec. 31).

Submission Process and Deadline 

  • All materials must be submitted electronically.

  • All applicants must complete the grant application form in MS Word or other text format.

  • CV(s) may be submitted in text or PDF format. If submitting more than one CV, then all must be included in one electronic document/file.

  • Proposal and budget must be submitted in one file, with a cover sheet to include the name of the principle investigator and complete contact information (address, phone, fax, email).

Submit all required materials for proposal to: Tracey A. Martin in the Division 29 Central Office.

You will receive an electronic confirmation of your submission within 24 hours, which will provide you with an assigned application number. If you do not receive confirmation, your proposal was not received; please resubmit. 

Questions about this program should be directed to the Research Chair Cheri Marmarosh, PhD or Science and Scholarship Domain Representative Norman Abeles, PhD or Tracey A. Martin in the Division 29 Central Office.

Past Recipients

Jenelle Slavin-Mulford