EGSRA Frequently Asked Questions
I am in a terminal master’s degree program. Am I eligible?
Graduate students enrolled in terminal master’s programs are not eligible for this award.
I am in a doctoral program, but will be earning my master’s degree as a part of the doctoral program. Am I eligible?
Students who are working on their master’s degrees are eligible for this award as long as they are enrolled in a program in which the master’s degree is a requirement for the doctoral degree.
I completed a master's degree and am now enrolled in a doctoral program. How do all of these years count towards the requirement that I am within my first two years of doctoral study?
Applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral program and cannot have completed more than two years of graduate school studies in psychology by the application deadline. Exceptions could be granted if previous graduate studies are unrelated to the current psychology doctoral program, such as a terminal master's program. Exceptions can be requested by sending an email to the Science Directorate as soon as possible, but no later than August 10, 2012.
I am not a U.S. or Canadian citizen. Are any specific criteria of eligibility in terms of citizenship?
Any graduate student enrolled in a psychology program at a university in the US or Canada is eligible to apply for this award. Students applying do not need to be U.S. or Canadian citizens, but do need to be enrolled in a graduate program in the U.S. or Canada at the time of application. Students studying at universities in other countries are not eligible regardless of whether they are U.S. or Canadian citizens.
Is there a limit on the number of applications that any given department can forward for the Early Graduate Student Researcher Award?
Any number may apply from a department, although no more than one student will be selected from a given department.
Awards are drawn from three categories: basic science, applied science, and interdisciplinary science. Do you have brief descriptions of what type of research you consider to fall under each category?
We do not have such descriptions. You may want to discuss the best category for your research with your advisor. You might also want to review the descriptions of past recipients of this award, which are available as links for the tab called “Past Recipients” at the award website. On this section of the award website, each past recipient’s research area is listed, and there is a link to a newsletter article about each person’s research. You could read those articles to see what type of research generally falls within each category.
Does APA offer any other awards for science-oriented graduate students?
APA does offer many other awards. Information can be viewed at:
Dissertation Research Award: Awards for excellence in a dissertation research proposal; awards range from $1,000 to $5,000.
APA Student Travel Award: Approximately 100 awards of $300 given annually help psychology graduate students travel to the APA Convention to present their research.
American Psychological Foundation/Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology Graduate Research Scholarships: Up to 11 awards annually for graduate students in psychology. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000.
Basic Psychological Science Research Grant: Support for graduate students conducting psychological science research studies.
APAGS/Psi Chi Junior Scientist Fellowship: Support for students entering their 1st year or the first semester of their 2nd year of a research-oriented graduate program.
APA maintains a searchable database of scholarships, grants and awards offered by APA, the American Psychological Foundation, divisions and other sources.