October 2008 Announcements

Apply now for APA Travel Grants to Attend 2008/2009 International Conferences; AAAS Program to Highlight Research on Comparative Cognition; Faculty, Graduate Student Grants Available; 2009 National Science Foundation's East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Fellowship Competition Is Now Open; National Science Foundation Seeks Assistant Director for SBE


Apply Now for APA Travel Grants to Attend 2008/2009 International Conferences

The Office of International Affairs awards travel grants to cover or partially cover conference registration fees at international psychology conferences held outside the US and Canada. All APA and APAGS members are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to those meeting the following criteria:

  • Early career psychologist or graduate student;

  • Participation in the conference program (e.g., author, symposium chair, roundtable moderator, poster);

  • Have not attended an international conference in 2007 or 2008

All applications must include: Application Form; information about conference participation; information about conference registration fees and receipt if available; letter from Department Chair indicating need and other sources of support for travel.

Rolling deadlines: December 15, 2008; March 1, 2009; June 1, 2009

Visit APA Events and Conferences for updated information on upcoming international conferences, including two major regional congresses held in 2009: the Interamerican Congress of Psychology in Guatemala and the European Congress of Psychology in Norway.

AAAS Program to Highlight Research on Comparative Cognition

The next annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will feature a symposium on Comparative Cognition. The 2009 annual meeting of AAAS will be held in Chicago, February 12-16, 2009. The theme of the Annual Meeting is “Our Planet and Its Life: Origins and Futures" and will feature programs celebrating the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. The symposium was organized by APA member Ed Wasserman of the University of Iowa, and will showcase the latest empirical discoveries in the field of comparative cognition. In addition to Wasserman, panelists include Elizabeth Brannon, Duke University; Nicola Clayton, University of Cambridge; Alex Kacelnik, University of Oxford; Sara Shettleworth, University of Toronto; Tetsuro Matsuzawa, Kyoto University; and Thomas Zentall, University of Kentucky. Presenters will discuss how scrub-jays can exhibit episodic-like memory and future planning; how chimpanzees can hold in memory extremely detailed environmental information; how monkeys can count and perform arithmetic operations; how pigeons and baboons can learn abstract concepts like same and different; how crows can fabricate and use tools; and, how monkeys and other animals may be aware of what they know and remember. Visit the AAAS website for general information about the conference.

Faculty, Graduate Student Grants Available

The Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation in the New York Community Trust provides grants for Doctoral Dissertation research and Faculty/Post-Doctoral research in the human services. The Fund's primary goal is to support research that contributes to a greater understanding of and solutions for problems affecting individuals, families and communities.

Doctoral Dissertation Grant Program

Grants of up to $5,000 are available to help support dissertation expenses of doctoral students in the United States and Canada whose studies have the potential for adding significantly to knowledge about problems in the functioning or well being of children, adults, couples, families, or communities, or about interventions designed to prevent or alleviate such problems.
Doctoral Dissertation Grant Guidelines and Application

Faculty/Post-Doctoral Research Grant Program

Grants of up to $20,000 are available to help support the research of faculty members or post-doctoral researchers affiliated with non-profit human service organizations in the United States and Canada. Areas of interest to the Fund are: studies to develop, refine, evaluate, or disseminate innovative interventions designed to prevent or ameliorate major social, psychological, behavioral or public health problems affecting children, adults, couples, families, or communities, or studies that have the potential for adding significantly to knowledge about such problems.
Faculty/Post-Doctoral Research Grant Guidelines and Application

Proposals for both programs are considered twice a year with deadlines of April 15 and November 1. For more information, contact:

Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation
C/O The New York Community Trust
909 Third Avenue, 22nd Floor
New York, NY 10022

2009 National Science Foundation's East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Fellowship Competition Is Now Open

WASHINGTON - The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced that the 2009 East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) program is now open for applications. The EAPSI is a flagship international fellowship program for developing the next generation of globally-engaged U.S. scientists and engineers knowledgeable about the Asia and the Pacific region. The Summer Institutes are hosted by foreign counterparts who are committed to increasing opportunities for young U.S. researchers to work in research facilities and with host mentors abroad.. Fellows are supported to participate in 8-week research experiences at host laboratories in Australia, China, Japan (10 weeks), Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan from June to August. The program provides a $5,000 summer stipend, a round-trip air ticket to the host location, living expenses abroad, and an introduction to the society, culture, language, and research environment of the host location.

NSF recognizes the importance of enabling U.S. researchers and educators to advance their work through international collaborations, and the value of ensuring that future generations of U.S. scientists and engineers gain professional experience beyond this nation's borders early in their careers. The program is intended for U.S. graduate students pursuing studies in fields of science and engineering research and education supported by the National Science Foundation. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for the EAPSI. Applicants must be enrolled in a research-oriented Master's or PhD. program, and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents by the application deadline date.

Application instructions are available online from the National Science Foundation's East Aisa and Pacific Summer Institutes website. The program will close on December 9, 2008. For further information concerning benefits, eligibility, and tips on applying, applicants are encouraged to visit the NSF's Graduate Students website.

The first Summer Institutes began in Japan in 1990, and to date approximately 1,800 U.S. graduate students have participated in the program. For the 2008 competition, NSF received 537 applications and issued 190 awards. EAPSI applicants are representative of most U.S. states and territories. The 2008 awardee pool included representation from 82 universities and 39 states.

The NSF-EAPSI Operations Center is administered by the American Society for Engineering Education.

National Science Foundation Seeks Assistant Director for SBE

The National Science Foundation has announced a national search for the NSF’s Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) and seeks assistance in the identification of candidates.

The Assistant Director, SBE, manages a Directorate comprised of three divisions: Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), Social and Economic Sciences (SES), and Science Resources Statistics (SRS). Employment may be on a temporary or permanent basis in the Federal Service or by temporary assignment under provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act.

Dr. Jeremy A. Sabloff of the University of Pennsylvania has agreed to head the Search Committee. NSF seeks assistance in identifying candidates with the following qualifications: outstanding leadership; a deep sense of scholarship; a grasp of the issues facing the social, behavioral and economic science communities in the areas of education and research; and the ability to serve effectively as a key member of the NSF management team. We are especially interested in identifying women, members of minority groups, and persons with disabilities for consideration. Recommendations of individuals from any sector -- academic, industry, or government -- are welcome.

Please send your recommendations, including any supporting information that you might be able to provide, to the AD/SBE Search Committee via e-mail or at the following address: National Science Foundation, Office of the Director, Suite 1205, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. NSF would appreciate receiving recommendations by November 15, 2008.