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Check out the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) Web site at for application information on more than a dozen awards APAGS offers each year to students and graduate psychology programs. In addition, two new APAGS awards were added this year:

  • APAGS Diversity Dissertation Scholarship. The $1,000 award is offered to one student whose dissertation research demonstrates diversity by, for example, addressing ethnic backgrounds, women's issues, ageism, sexual orientation or disabilities. Eligible students must be enrolled at least part time at an APA-recognized graduate program, and their doctoral dissertations must have already been approved. Applicants must also be nominated or have the support from an adviser, chair or faculty member. The application deadline is June 16.

  • APAGS State or Provincial Psychological Association of the Year Award. This $1,500 award is given to one state or provincial psychological association whose program has demonstrated excellence in promoting graduate student development and involvement (2003: Ohio Psychological Association). APA's Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice and APA's Div. 31 (State Psychological Association Affairs) contribute funds, along with APAGS, for this award. The next submission deadline will be in January 2004.

APA's Practice Directorate and APAGS team up on award

The APA/APAGS Award for Distinguished Professional Contribution by a Graduate Student carries a $1,000 honorarium and is awarded at APA's Annual Convention by APA's Board of Professional Affairs and APAGS to a graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding psychology practice and application. To qualify, candidates must, as students, demonstrate exemplary performance in working with an underserved population in an applied setting or have developed an innovative method for delivering health services to an underserved population. Eligible candidates can be self-nominated or nominated by an APA member. Self-nominations must be endorsed by an APA member who serves the function of nominator.

In addition to a description of their work no more than 1,000 words, nominees must submit a curriculum vitae and a letter of support to Ernestine Penniman, APA's Practice Directorate, at the APA address. The deadline for the 2004 award nomination is June 1. For more information, go to APA Practice.

Dissertation, other funding, available from APA's Science Directorate

APA's Science Directorate offers the following funding to students:

  • Fifty $1,000 APA Dissertation Research Awards. Applications are due in September, and the money is awarded at the end of each year.

Eligible candidates must produce solid research across subfields but be especially interested in basic science research in such areas as learning/memory/attention, biopsychology and developmental psychology. Students can use the award money for research support, mailing expenses, software, travel and paying volunteers.

Eligible students must be enrolled full time in a graduate psychology program and must be a student affiliate or an APA member. They must also have their dissertation proposals approved by a dissertation committee. For an application or more information, visit Send questions to SciStudent.

  • Travel Awards.Graduate students who plan to present research at APA's Annual Convention are eligible to apply for this $300 stipend toward convention travel costs. Approximately 100 students each year receive the award. Eligible students must have had their research papers or posters accepted by an APA division, and the student must be the presenter of the research.

This year's Toronto convention deadline has already passed, but those wishing to apply for APA's 2004 Annual Convention in Hawaii can visit APAGS for forthcoming information.


CEMA invites nominations for Tanaka dissertation award

APA's Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) offers the Jeffrey S. Tanaka Memorial Dissertation Award in Psychology, which recognizes an outstanding dissertation that helps advance understanding of psychological issues and concerns facing communities of color. The winner receives a $500 prize and a $300 travel award sponsored by APA's Science Directorate, to be used to present his or her dissertation at APA's 2004 Annual Convention in Hawaii.

For the next round of submissions-applications are due April 1 of next year-CEMA seeks abstracts from those who filed dissertations in 2002 or 2003 on research in one or more of the following areas:

  • Enhancing the psychological understanding of ethnic-minority issues.

  • Improving psychological service-delivery systems to ethnic minorities.

  • Developing new concepts or theories relevant to ethnic-minority populations.

  • Creating methodological paradigms that promote effective research and understanding of the values, beliefs and needs of ethnic-minority communities.

Applicants should send five copies of an abstract of no more than 1,000 words to APA's Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs (OEMA) at the APA address. For more information, call OEMA at (202) 336-6029.



For information on other student funding opportunities, go to APA funding.

More student funds offered by APF

Are you a psychology student interested in scholarship funds? The American Psychological Foundation (APF), a charitable organization, provides high school and graduate-level scholarships, grants and awards to recognize outstanding research projects:

  • The Elizabeth Koppitz Munsterberg Fellowships and Travel Stipends This fund provides research support for graduate students of child psychology. In 2003, the fund provided three fellowship awards of $20,000 each and five $4,000 travel stipends. Graduate departments of psychology, or related disciplines may annually recommend one student who has achieved doctoral candidacy and whose research facilitates the development of children and youth. Students should prepare a grant proposal, as outlined in the call for applications, and submit it to APF this fall. Additional application procedures can be found at the APA Scholar Web site. Proposals are reviewed by a fellowship selection committee, which includes an APF board member in child psychology and representatives from several APA divisions relating to children. The committee will also plan a pre-convention workshop for the Koppitz fellows and other specialists in child psychology. The application deadline is in early November for 2004­2005 academic-year funding.

  • APF/COGDOP Graduate Research Scholarships.APF and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (COGDOP) provide up to $16,000 annually for graduate research scholarships, including 11 $1,000 stipends, one $3,000 award for the top applicant through the Ruth G. and Joseph D. Matarazzo Scholarship and one $2,000 award through the Clarence J. Rosecrans Scholarship. Applications are distributed each March to psychology departments that are members of COGDOP.

  • Henry Hécaen and Manfred Meier Neuropsychology Scholarships.The foundation awards two scholarships specifically for graduate neuropsychology studies, each with an award of $2,500. Applications should be submitted to APF by June 1.

  • Paul E. Henkin School Psychology Travel Award. APF and Div. 16 (School) have established a travel fund to provide $1,000 to defer the costs of registration, lodging and travel for attendance at APA's Annual Convention. Visit the Div. 16 Web site at for further information about application procedures and deadlines.

  • Todd E. Husted Memorial Dissertation Award.APF offers an annual $1,000 award to a student whose dissertation project encourages improved outreach and mental health services for those with severe and persistent mental illness. Applications will be accepted July 1 through Sept. 15.

  • The Lizette Peterson-Homer Memorial Injury Research GrantPreviously known as the Rebecca Routh Coon Injury Research Fund, this fund provides two $500 grants, the Society for Pediatric Psychology Student Research Grant and the Routh Student Research Grant. The fund focuses on psychosocial research on preventing injuries to children and young adults, with particular interest in pediatric psychology. Qualified applicants must be student members of APA's Div. 54 (Society of Pediatric Psychology) and may submit applications on an ongoing basis.

  • The Randy Gerson Memorial GrantThis grant is offered bi-annually to graduate students working to advance the systemic understanding of couple and family dynamics. This award alternates between professionals and graduate students and provides a grant of $5,000. Graduate students are eligible for the 2005 award.