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Research opportunities

$5,000 for dissertation research

Graduate students working on their dissertations can apply for one of the APA Science Directorate's Dissertation Research Awards, which help pay for research costs for science-oriented students. The program offers 30 to 40 $1,000 grants, and several larger grants of up to $5,000 for outstanding projects. The application deadline is Sept. 16.

$1,000 for early research excellence

Graduate students in their first three years of doctoral study can apply for one of APA's Early Graduate Student Researcher Awards, which recognize outstanding research abilities. The Science Student Council considers both overall research experience and specific completed research projects. Up to three awards are given each year, drawn from basic, applied and interdisciplinary science.

$1,000 for disabilities education and training

Students working on a project that promotes education in practice or services for people with disabilities can apply for the $1,000 APAGS Disabilities Grant. APAGS also welcomes projects on the recruitment, retention and training of people with disabilities. The application deadline is Dec. 4.

$1,000 for research that supports ethnic-minority students

Students working on projects related to improving the recruitment, retention and training of ethnic-minority graduate students can apply for one of three $1,000 APAGS Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs Grants. The application deadline is Dec. 4.

$1,000 for basic research

Grad students in science-oriented doctoral programs can apply for APAGS's Basic Psychological Science Research Grant. Students in programs with a practice component, such as clinical, counseling and school psychology, are not eligible. The application deadline is Dec. 4. 

$500 for teaching research

Graduate student teachers who are promoting science appreciation among undergraduate students can apply for one of two $500 APAGS Teaching Excellence in Psychological Science Awards. The application deadline is Dec. 4.

Other opportunities

Passionate about making a difference?

Join our advocacy team. The APAGS Advocacy Coordinating Team (ACT) encourages psychology graduate students to join more than 250 graduate students nationwide who are ACT campus representatives. ACT trains members to educate fellow students about timely issues in psychology and to promote advocacy on important issues affecting psychology and public health. Learn more and sign up.

Publish in a student-edited journal

New School Psychology Bulletin, a biannual student-edited journal of psychological research and theory, welcomes submissions from psychology graduate students at the master's and doctoral levels. It covers mostly empirical studies and clinical case work, but also literature reviews and theoretical articles. For more information or to submit an article, visit New School Psychology Bulletin or send an email.

Join APA's counseling psychology mentoring program

APA's Div. 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) student group, Student Affiliates of Seventeen (SAS), encourages students to apply to join its new e-mentoring program as a way to network and learn from the division's psychologist members. SAS assigns five mentees to one seasoned mentor, and each mentoring group meets via Google Hangout.

Join the neuropsychology student network.

APA's Div. 40 (Society for Clinical Neuropsychology) invites students or graduate programs to join the Association of Neuropsychology Students in Training, the division's student organization. ANST's 40 chapters in the United States and Canada connect neuropsychology students with the division and APA. The organization also offers opportunities for leadership, networking and information on clinical and research training and education.

Apply for a science policy fellowship

The National Academies seeks graduate and postdoctoral student applicants for the January 2014 session of its Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program. Fellows spend 12 weeks at the National Academies in Washington, D.C., learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists play in policymaking. Access the online application. Applications are due Sept. 5.

Congrats to our travel winners

Five graduate students won APAGS Convention Travel Awards to attend APA's Annual Convention in Honolulu, July 31–Aug. 4. Each winner earned $500 to use toward registration costs and travel to the meeting. Students won for outstanding ability to demonstrate how attending the convention could bolster their professional development. The winners were:

  • Brenna Nikole Renn, of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

  • Tae Hyuk (Brian) Keum, of Teachers College at Columbia University.

  • Cassandra Shivers, of Howard University.

  • Spencer C. Evans, of the University of Kansas.

  • Desiree Wilson, of California Lutheran University.

Get more information on next year's convention travel awards. APAGS gives preference to first-time attendees early in their graduate programs.

Is there an APF grant in your future?

Each year, the American Psychological Foundation awards more than 45 grants worth $700,000. Find out if there's one right for you.