November 2004 Announcements

Nominate a Colleague for a 2005 Gold Medal Award; Grants Available for Scientific Conferences, Proposals Invited; Submit Nominations for Brewer Teaching Award; Funding for Research on Child Labor; Promoting Psychological Research and Training on Health Disparities Issues at Ethnic Minority Serving Institutions (PRoDIGS): Request for Proposals (RFP); New Positive Psychology Fellows Program: Call For Applications; Proposals Sought for LGB Research; Apply for Gerson Grant for Family, Couple, Multi-Generational Processes


Nominate a Colleague for a 2005 Gold Medal Award

The APF Board of Trustees invites nominations for its 2005 Gold Medal Awards, which recognize life achievement in and enduring contributions to psychology. The awards are presented in four categories:

  • Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology
  • Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology
  • Life Achievement by a Psychologist in the Public Interest
  • Life Achievement in the Practice of Psychology

All award winners receive a gold medal and an all-expenses-paid trip to APA’s 2005 Annual Convention in Washington, DC, August 18-21, where the awards will be presented. APF will also donate $2,000 to a charitable or nonprofit organization chosen by each winner.

Only psychologists 65 years or older who reside in North America are eligible. Nominations should include which award the nomination is for, a nomination statement that traces the nominee’s career, a curriculum vitae, and a bibliography. Letters of support are welcome. All materials should be sent in one package coordinated by a chief nominator. There is no nomination form.

The submission deadline is December 1, 2004. Send nominations to Gold Medal Awards Coordinator, American Psychological Foundation, at the APA address. For more information, visit the APF Web page.

Grants Available for Scientific Conferences, Proposals Invited

The Science Directorate is currently seeking proposals for research conferences in psychology. The purpose of this program is to promote the exchange of important new contributions and approaches in scientific psychology. The next deadline for applications is December 1, 2004.

Grant money ranging from $500 to $20,000 is available for the scientific conference. Proposals will be considered using such formats as “add-a-day” conferences ($500-$3,000 available), “stand alone” conferences ($5,000-$20,000 available), and festschrifts ($5,000-$20,000 available). APA is also open to innovative ways of holding conferences. The conference must be additionally supported by the host institution with direct funds, in-kind support, or a combination of the two. Please note that a detailed budget including institutional support is required for application.

Conference proposals must meet the following eligibility requirements: 

  • One of the primary organizers must be a member of APA
  • Only academic institutions accredited by a regional body may apply. Independent research institutions must provide evidence of affiliation with an accredited institution. Joint proposals from cooperating institutions are encouraged
  • Conferences may be held only in the United States, its possessions, or Canada
  • APA governance groups, APA Divisions and other related entities are not eligible for funding under this program

Conference manuscripts shall be submitted to APA after the conference is held for publication in PsycEXTRA, a companion database to the scholarly PsycINFO. PsycEXTRA is designed to link researchers, academics, clinicians, librarians, consumers, and policy-makers to a variety of information sources covering psychology, behavioral science, and health; PsycEXTRA provides the readership with original documents.

Seventy-five percent of funds will be distributed to grantees prior to the conferences, and the remaining twenty-five percent will be released following the conference and after the submission of a final financial report detailing conference expenditures equal to or exceeding Grantee’s proposed total budget. Conference review committee members are: Anita Davis; Michael Domjan; Irene Frieze; Keith Humphreys; John Kihlstrom; and Kevin Murphy.

For more information on review criteria, proposal contents, and budget guidelines, please contact Deborah McCall, Science Program Manager, at (202) 218-3590 or via email.

Proposal Deadline: December 1, 2004
Please mail proposals to:
APA Science Directorate
750 First Street, NE
Attn: Scientific Conferences Proposals
Washington, DC 20002-4242

Submit Nominations for Brewer Teaching Award
APF invites nominations for its 2005 Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award. The award recognizes a career contribution to the teaching of psychology and was re-named to honor its 1989 recipient, Charles L. Brewer, Ph.D., in recognition of his career long devotion and contributions to the teaching of psychology. Brewer, a psychology professor at Furman University and editor emeritus of the journal Teaching of Psychology, is the 1995 recipient of APA’s Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training Award.

The APF Teaching Subcommittee selects a psychologist for the award who has:

  • Demonstrated exemplary performance as a classroom teacher
  • Developed effective teaching methods and materials, as well as innovative curricula and courses
  • Conducted research on teaching
  • Taught advanced research methods and practice in psychology
  • Trained psychology teachers and demonstrated administrative facilitation of teaching
  • Inspired students to become psychologists

The winner receives a plaque, $2,000, and an all-expenses-paid trip to APA’s 2005 Annual Convention in Washington, DC, where the award will be presented.

The deadline to receive materials is December 1, 2004. Nomination materials should include the nomination form, the nominee’s curriculum vitae, a bibliography, and a description of how the nominee fulfills the guidelines of the award. APF welcomes letters of support. Nomination forms are available from APF or via email. All materials should be sent in one package coordinated by a chief nominator to the APF Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching Award Coordinator, American Psychological Foundation, at the APA address.

Funding for Research on Child Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor wishes to fund research aimed at linking theory and practice to eliminate the worst forms of child labor.
Starting November 1, 2004, we invite you to visit for full details of the solicitation and instructions for submitting a proposal. An initial description of the project, its objectives, and funding have already been posted.

Please pass this information on to your colleagues or advanced doctoral candidates who may be interested in this opportunity.

Promoting Psychological Research and Training on Health Disparities Issues at Ethnic Minority Serving Institutions (PRoDIGS): Request for Proposals (RFP)

A small grants program funded by the American Psychological Association (APA) Science Directorate's "Academic Enhancement Initiative" and administered by the APA Public Interest Directorate's Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs (OEMA) in collaboration with the APA Minority Fellowship Program

PRoDIGs grants will be awarded to early career faculty for specific, limited, and highly focused activities that are both preliminary and related to the preparation of a federal or foundation funding proposal, and able to be fully implemented during a 12 to 18 month period. The proposed project seeks to increase the capacity of ethnic minority serving post secondary institutions and faculty to engage in health disparities research and to encourage student involvement in health disparities research training at early levels of the educational pipeline. Small grants ($5,000 to $6,500) will be awarded to support activities associated with the preparation of an initial research or program/curriculum development application for federal or foundation funding. All program/curriculum development application efforts must incorporate provisions for student research training, and whenever possible, research training applications should include student researchers. All applicants are required to submit a detailed concept paper (2 to 4 pages) of their proposed research or program/curriculum development effort.

Awardees may use their small grants for: course reduction to free up time for grant preparation; conduct of pilot study; consultation with research/curriculum experts; survey/instrument design; data collection; student assistance; faculty mini retreats/workshops, etc. All awardees will be expected to attend a mandatory 5 to 7 day professional development institute in Washington, D.C. during the summer of 2005 at which concept papers will be critiqued, major trends in health disparities research will be discussed, and opportunities to network with federal funding program directors and federal research institute staff will be provided. It is expected that awardees will submit a funding application to a federal agency or private foundation within 24 months after award of the small grant.

Deadline for Applications is February 21, 2005.

New Positive Psychology Fellows Program: Call For Applications

Are you interested in collaborating with leading Positive Psychology scholars? The Positive Psychology Templeton Fellows Program will gather together the best and brightest scholars by creating and funding collaborations with senior scholars.

We encourage applications from early to mid-career scholars with a doctoral degree and graduate students pursuing a doctoral degree from the disciplines of Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Theology, Neuroscience, Economics, History, Public Heath and Medicine. Applicants can be from any country and there is no age limit.

The deadline to apply is December 15, 2004. Selected Fellows will be expected to live in Philadelphia from May 15 to June 30, 2005. Substantial stipends and living expenses are available. For details visit:

Proposals Sought for LGB Research

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) requests proposals for the 2005 Wayne F. Placek Research Large Research Grants and Small Research Grants. Both large and small grants support scientific research that increases the general public’s understanding of homosexuality and aims to alleviate the stress that gay men and lesbians experience in this and future generations. Proposals are especially encouraged for empirical studies that address the following topics:

  • Prejudice, discrimination, and violence based on sexual orientation
  • Family and workplace issues relevant to lesbians and gay men
  • Subgroups of the lesbian and gay population that have historically been underrepresented in scientific research, especially racial and ethnic minorities

Applicants for both awards must have a doctoral-level degree (e.g., PhD, PsyD, M.D.) and must be affiliated with a college, university, or research institution that meets federal requirements for administering research awards. Funds are not available for dissertation research or other pre-doctoral studies.

Wayne F. Placek Large Research Grants

The Wayne F. Placek Large Research Grants are available for empirical research on any topics related to lesbian, gay, or bisexual issues from all fields of the behavioral and social sciences. Applications should propose new studies that can be completed in two years solely with the level of funding provided by the grant.

Grant Amount. Up to $40,000 may be requested for any expenses legitimately associated with conducting an empirical research project, including salary for the applicant or assistants, equipment (with a $5,000 limit), supplies, travel, photocopying, postage, and payment of participants. The award does not pay institutional indirect costs. Special preference for one of the two grants to be awarded will be given to applicants who have completed their doctorates within the previous seven years.

Deadline. The deadline for receipt of applications is March 11, 2005. Award recipients will be announced in August, and funding will begin on or after September 15, 2005.

Wayne F. Placek Small Grants

The Wayne F. Placek Small Grants program covers expenses legitimately associated with conducting an empirical research project on lesbian, gay, and bisexual issues.

Grant Amount. The small grants award up to $5,000. Applications should propose a new study that can be completed in one year solely with the level of funding provided by the grant. Funds are not normally provided for stipends of principal investigators, travel to conventions, or manuscript preparation. The award does not pay institutional indirect costs.

Deadline. All application materials for small grants must be received by January 26, 2005. Awards will be announced in April 2005.

Applications for both awards must conform to the APF Placek Grant Award guidelines. Application guidelines and forms may be downloaded from the Hooker Programs website:

Apply for Gerson Grant for Family, Couple, Multi-Generational Processes

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) announces the Randy Gerson Memorial Grant to be given in 2005. For the 2005 cycle of the grant, graduate students engaged in doctoral studies are invited to apply. The $5,000 grant has been created to advance the systemic understanding of family and/or couple dynamics and/or multi-generational processes. Work that advances theory, assessment, or clinical practice in these areas shall be considered eligible for grants through the fund.

Preference will be given to projects using or contributing to the development of Bowen family systems. Priority also will be given to those projects that serve to advance Dr. Gerson's work.

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants from a variety of educational settings are encouraged to apply. Awards are given to students and professionals in alternate years. The 2005 grant will go to a graduate student engaged in doctoral studies.

Submit the entire application electronically to APF via email by February 1, 2005. Applicants will be notified on or after April 15, 2005.

Applications must include the following:
  • Statement of the proposed project
  • Rationale for how the project meets the goals of the fund
  • Budget for the project
  • Statement about how the results of the project will be disseminated (published paper, report, monograph, etc.) Personal reference material (vita and two letters of recommendation)
  • Official transcript

For additional information, visit the APF Web page or contact the APF Awards Coordinator/Gerson, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, by telephone: (202) 336-5843.

The APF encourages applications from individuals that represent diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, age, and sexual orientation.