Request for proposals: APF Kenneth B. and Mamie P. Clark Early Career Grant

American Psychological Foundation (APF) Mission and Funding

APF provides financial support for innovative research and programs that enhance the power of psychology to elevate the human condition and advance human potential both now and in generations to come.  It executes this mission through a broad range of scholarships and grants.  APF encourages applications from individuals who represent diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation.

APF supports original, innovative research and projects.  Although APF favors unique, independent work, the Foundation does fund derivative projects that are part of larger studies.


The Kenneth B. and Mamie P. Clark Fund supports research and demonstration activities that promote the understanding of the relationship between self-identity and academic achievement with an emphasis on children in grade levels K-8. This grant will alternate every other year between an early career psychologist and a graduate student. The 2012 grant will support early career development.

Program Goals
  • To stimulate and continue the line of inquiry that Kenneth and Mamie Clark pioneered regarding the impact of race and power on the personal and psychological development of children in the United States. 

  • To encourage early career psychologists to implement research that builds upon the early professional work of Kenneth and Mamie Clark by addressing some of the unanswered questions raised by the Clark’s early investigations.

Funding Specifics
  • One $10,000 grant

The entire grant must be provided to the individual grantee for the stated purpose.  The grant cannot be used to pay institutional indirect costs or overhead. Applicants can use grant monies for stipend support and for other administrative costs (software, materials, etc.)  If funds will be administered by the grantee’s institution, the institution must affirm in writing that it will waive all administrative fees and charges for indirect costs. This assurance may be provided through the signature of a responsible official. APF must receive this assurance before the funds can be released.

Eligibility Requirements  
  • Psychologist with an Ed.D., Psy.D., or Ph.D. from an accredited university 

  • No more than 5 years postdoctoral 

  • Familiarity with the Clarks’ work is essential: 

    • Markowitz, G. & Rosner, D. (1996). Children, Race, and Power: Kenneth and Mamie Clark’s Northside Center. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia. 

    • Kenneth Bancroft Clark, Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Washington, D.C. 

    • Mamie Phipps Clark, Manuscripts Division, New York Public Library, New York.

Evaluation Criteria 
  • Conformance with stated program goals and qualifications 

  • Quality and potential impact of proposed work 

  • Originality, innovation and contribution to the field with proposed project 

  • Applicant’s demonstrated competence and capability to execute the proposed work

Proposal Requirements 
  • Detailed proposal that makes a case for the need to be addressed; describes the proposed project, methodology and the applicant’s qualifications; and includes a detailed budget and justification 

  • Current CV 

  • Two letters of support

Submission Process and Deadline

Submit a completed application by June 15, 2012.
Please be advised that APF does not provide feedback to applicants on their proposals. 

Questions about this program should be directed to Parie Kadir, Program Officer.