The John Templeton Foundation seeks applications for the ninth annual Martin E.P. Seligman Award for Outstanding Dissertation Research in Positive Psychology. The prize awards $1,000 to a scholar who has completed a PhD dissertation in any area of positive psychology research and who plans to continue research in this area. Candidates must have completed their dissertation after March 30, 2004.
The award also includes travel to and one day's lodging and expenses for the 2007 Positive Psychology Summit, Oct. 4-7, in Washington, D.C, where the award will be presented.
To apply, candidates should send six copies of both their curriculum vitae and a summary of their dissertation research.
The summary-limited to no more than eight pages, including tables and figures, but excluding references-should contain a description of the problem investigated; an explanation of the methods; a summary of the findings; a discussion of the significance of the findings in relation to positive psychology; and an outline of how the work might be continued.
A selection committee, chaired by Kennon M. Sheldon, PhD, of the University of Missouri-Columbia, will determine three finalists by June 1. Finalists will then submit a copy of their completed dissertations for review.
Materials must be postmarked no later than April 15. Send them to Communications Department, John Templeton Foundation, 300 Conshohocken State Road, Suite 500, West Conshohocken, PA 19428.
-D. Smith Bailey