Leslie W. Joyce and Paul W. Thayer Graduate Fellowship in I-O Psychology

This fellowship is designed to provide financial support to a doctoral student is I-O psychology who is specializing in training and development and/or selection and placement.

Sponsor: Division 14


The SIOP Foundation is pleased to announce funding for a new graduate student fellowship, which recognizes the mentoring relationship existing between Dr. Leslie Joyce and Dr. Paul Thayer, both during graduate school and during Dr. Joyce’s subsequent career.

The fellowship provides an annual award of $10,000 (from start of academic year through the following summer).

The Joyce and Thayer Fellowship Committee (appointed by the Award Committee chair), will select one fellow based on:

  • The quality of the undergraduate or graduate record, including appropriateness of coursework to specialization in training and development and/or selection and placement 

  • The quality of the master’s thesis or research summary, both scientifically and practically  

  • The clarity and realism of the statement of goals and aspirations 

  • Relevance of any applied experience to career specialization 

  • Appropriateness of faculty recommendations


Each I-O program may endorse no more than one (1) student per year.  If more than one student from a program wishes to apply for the fellowship, the program must perform an initial screening and endorse only one applicant.

To be eligible for this award nominees must:

  • Be a PhD student in I-O psychology 

  • Specialize in training and development or selection and placement 

  • Be committed to a practitioner career as evidenced by work experience and/or a statement of career goals 

  • Have some experience in an applied setting relevant to I-O psychology

Eligible recipients may reapply for a second year of funding.

How to Apply

Nominations for the Joyce and Thayer Fellowship should include:

  • An official copy of undergraduate and graduate transcripts 

  • A statement of graduate program goals and career aspirations 

  • A summary of the nominee's master's thesis or summary of other completed research not to exceed 10 pages (12 point font, 1" margins, double spaced); the proposal must adhere to accepted formatting guidelines (e.g., APA guidelines)] 

  • A resumé that includes work assignments, paid or unpaid, related to I-O psychology 

  • Letters of recommendation (at least 1 and not more than 3) from graduate faculty 

  • Letter of endorsement from the university (or department, or I-O area)

All documentation must be submitted by the applicant and must be either a Word document or a .pdf file.

Applications should be submitted in electronic form.

Past Recipients


Gary Giumetti


Sallie Weaver


Ari Malka


Laurie Wasko