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Call for Nominations/Grant Applications; Request for Proposals: 2009 Psychology Beyond Borders Mission Awards; Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award; Wilhelm Wundt - Williams James Prize

Call for Nominations/Grant Applications

Request for Proposals: 2009 Psychology Beyond Borders Mission Awards

Psychology Beyond Borders (PBB) is seeking project proposals for the 2009 PBB Mission Awards. PBB is an international non-profit organization focusing on the psychosocial impacts of terror attacks, armed conflicts, and natural disasters. Psychology Beyond Borders is committed to combining psychosocial service delivery and research to contribute to the body of knowledge about the most effective psychosocial strategies for prevention, preparedness and response to large-scale traumatic events. PBB’s combination of research and practice is aimed at informing psychosocial programming, public policy and behaviour about what heals versus what harms, with the ultimate goal of alleviating psychological suffering.

PSYCHOLOGY BEYOND BORDERS’ MISSION therefore consists of five key areas:
1. Research to contribute to the body of knowledge about what psychosocial strategies heal (or harm) in prevention, preparedness and response to large scale disaster, armed conflict or terror attacks; 2. Psychosocial service delivery, including partnerships with response teams in communities impacted by large scale traumatic events; 3. Education programs to raise awareness about the psychosocial impacts of disaster, armed conflict or terror attacks and build community competencies in best practice methods of preparedness and intervention; 4. Public policy recommendations to assist in community preparedness, response and recovery associated with large scale traumatic events; and 5. Building a network to enhance international collaboration, knowledge sharing and systems for prevention, preparedness and response to disaster, armed conflict or terror attacks.

We seek research and action-oriented projects that contribute to at least two of the five key areas of PBB’s mission. Projects will be evaluated on the basis of how they contribute to the organization’s mission and particularly key area number 1, research. Preference will be given to projects that combine research with more than one other key area.

Projects of $5,000 - $15,000 (USD) will be funded with an expected project duration of one year (beginning January 2009). So that more projects may be funded, preference will be given to projects with smaller budgets that focus on a specific population or intervention (if applicable).

Applicants must be affiliated with a university or non-profit organization. PBB encourages applications from international organizations or individuals who represent diversity.

Application information and details are available for download at Applications should be received by Friday, September 12th either electronically by clicking here or by mail to Psychology Beyond Borders, 1000 Rio Grande, Austin, TX, USA 78701.

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Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award

The mission of Division 52 is to advance psychology internationally as a science and profession, and through education and advocacy.  In support of this mission, the Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award is presented to the author(s) or editor(s) of a recent book that makes the greatest contribution to psychology as an international discipline and profession, or more specifically, the degree to which the book adds to our understanding of global phenomena and problems from a psychological point of view.  Examples include psychological interventions at the micro- and macro- levels, multinational organizations, questions of mental health, pedagogy, peace and war, gender roles, contributions of indigenous psychologies to global psychology, textbooks that integrate theory, research and practice from around the globe, edited volumes integrating contributions from scholars around the world, and overviews of international and global psychology.   
Inclusions and Exclusions
Nominations may include authored or edited volumes in any language.  All submissions must be accompanied by a 2-page letter in English making a case for the book’s potential contribution to global psychology.  Copyright must be 2007.  Nominations may not include fiction and biographies. 
Specifics of the Award
Winners will be announced by February 1, 2009, presented with a certificate, and invited to give an address at the August APA 2009 Convention in Toronto, Canada.  They will receive full payment of the convention fee and a stipend of $500 to help fund their attendance at the convention. 

In judging the contribution of each book, the following set of guidelines may be considered:

  • How creative and novel are the ideas expressed in the book?

  • How large and significant a contribution does the book make to psychology as a global discipline and profession? 

  • Are the book’s contents international or global in nature? 

  • Is the book scientifically rigorous and logically sound?  Are its theoretical bases well supported and translatable into sound and ethical practice?

  • What is the literary quality of the work? Is it interestingly and well written?  Is the audience for whom it is written explicitly stated and does it reach that audience?

  • Does the book maintain a clear focus on psychology as a science and practice?

All nominations, accompanied by the 2-page letter, and three copies of the book, must be made by September 1, 2008, and sent to:
Renée Goodstein, Ph.D.
Chair, Ursula Gielen Global Psychology Book Award
Psychology Department
St. Francis College
180 Remsen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 489-5437

Ursula Gielen (1916-1997, Germany) was vitally interested in the well-being of indigenous, persecuted, and poor people around the world, with a special emphasis on women and children.  Her legacy and commitment to international concerns and human welfare continues through her children: Ute Seibold, a former foreign language secretary in Switzerland; Uwe Gielen, an international psychologist in the United States; Odina Diephaus, a former interpreter with the European Parliament in Belgium and France; and Anka Gielen, a counseling psychologist in Germany.

Wilhelm Wundt - Williams James Prize

The Wilhelm Wundt - William James Prize is intended to recognize psychologists from Europe and/or North America who have made distinguished contributions to the science and profession of psychology and to the promotion of effective cooperation between European and North American psychologists.

Nomnations are requested from National, Regional or International organizations of Psychology, or from individual psychologists (in which case there should be at least four persons signing the proposal) for the 2009 prize which will be presented at the Opening Ceremony of the XIth European Congress of Psychology in Oslo in July 2009. The recipient will be invited to lead a special symposium in the congress or to hold a special Wilhelm Wundt- William James lecture. The Wilhelm Wundt - Williams Jams Prize was made possible by a gift from Raymond Fowler, PhD to the American Psychological Foundation. The first presentaton of the prize was at the Opening Ceremony of the VIIIth European Congress of Psychology in Vienna in July 2003 to both Professor Endel Tulving and Professor Lars-Goran Nilsson. The second presentation was to Professor Charles Spielberg at the IXth European Congress of Psychology in Granada in July 2005. The third presentation was to Professor Serge Moscovici at the Xth European Congress of Psychology in Prague in July 2007.

Nominations Procedure: Nominations should include a cover letter signed by at least four co-nominators, a curriculum vitae, and a statement describing how the nominee meets the prize criteria.

The deadline for submission is Septemer 30, 2008. Submissions should be sent to the EFPA Main Office: Grasmarkt 105/18, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium.