From time to time, students have asked me for information regarding scholarships and grants available to psychology majors. The majority of resources are available mostly for graduate students and for research-related requests. Below are some of the programs that I am acquainted with. Please remember that this is in no way a complete list of scholarships and grants.
APAGS Psychological Science Research Grant
This grant is to fund innovative psychological science research projects. Graduate students in all fields of psychology and neuroscience, and who are APAGS members, are eligible to apply. Funds for this $1,000 grant must be used to support direct costs related to the proposed research (e.g., participant payment, software purchases). This grant may be used for thesis, dissertation, or other research.
APAGS/Psi Chi Junior Scientist Fellowship
Funds for this $1,000 fellowship must be used to support direct research costs. These funds can be used to pay participants, purchase essential equipment or software, acquire books or instruction manuals critical to one’s line of research, pay fees to publish at open-access journals, or for other direct research costs
The Junior Scientist Fellowship is twofold: to provide funding for a first- or second-year graduate level project and to offer constructive feedback to select applicants to increase their chances of achieving success with a future National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship application.
The primary intent is to recognize outstanding research-oriented students who are entering their first year (or first semester of the second year) of graduate study and to help them begin successful research programs/projects. Students in research-based psychology and neuroscience graduate programs are eligible to apply.
Graduate Research Fellowship Program
recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The five-year fellowship includes three years of financial support including an annual stipend of $34,000 and a cost of education allowance of $12,000 to the institution.
The California Healing Initiative Grant Program
Award amount $5000
Eligibility: Individuals, groups, and organizations working within their community in California to reduce violence are encouraged to apply. CHI funding is directed toward the support or enhancement of existing programs, services, or initiatives to prevent, reduce or ameliorate the effects of violence in the community.
APF Queen-Nellie Evans Scholarship
$4,000 scholarship offered annually for minority graduate students who have a commitment to improving the conditions of marginalized communities.
APA Dissertation Research Award
The Science Directorate of the American Psychological Association sponsors an annual competition for dissertation research funding. The purpose of the Dissertation Research Award program is to assist science-oriented doctoral students of psychology with research costs. The current program offers 3 grants of $10,000 and 7 grants of $5,000 to students whose dissertation research reflects excellence in scientific psychology. Awardees will also receive travel funds of up to $1,500 to present their work at the APA convention.
APA Summer Undergraduate Psychology Experience in Research Fellowships
APA offers fellowships to support undergraduate students from underrepresented groups interested in a psychology research experience during the summer.
APF Walter Katkovsky Scholarships
Up to nine $5,000 scholarships are offered annually for first-year students enrolled in APA designated programs in
NASP-ERT Minority Scholarship Program
To support the graduate training of minority students pursuing careers in school psychology. Available for full-time or part-time minority students who are enrolled in a school psychology program that is NASP-approved. Students must also be NASP members.
Deadline: October 30, 2020 (opens September 1, 2021)
The Beinecke Scholarship Program
Sponsored by The Sperry Fund, this program annually provides 20 college juniors in the arts, humanities, and social sciences more than $30,000 to attend graduate school.
American Psychological Foundation
The foundation sponsors several scholarships, fellowships, dissertation awards, and grants for research and travel, aimed at helping graduate students further their education in psychology.
Amounts range from a $300 travel grant to a $25,000 graduate student fellowship for work related to the psychological understanding of gifted and talented children and adolescents.
APA Early Career Service Grants
Awardees selected will be granted a maximum of $3,000 each. Grants will be given to support the implementation of direct psychological services/programs that (1) are not eligible or likely to receive financial support from other funding agencies, and (2) are not likely to be delivered without the funding support. Examples of the type of services/programs CECP is seeking to support include, but in no way are limited to:
services that provide evidence-based training to community-serving organizations mental health workshops professional development programs for community staff providers programs that address the psychological needs of diverse communities
APA Early Graduate Student Researcher Award
Research may be in any area, including basic, applied, translational, and interdisciplinary science. Early graduate student researchers will be evaluated primarily on the scientific and practical significance of their research, as well as their other research-oriented activities.
The EGSRA funds may be used for direct research expenses (e.g., computer time, animal care, equipment, participant fees, incentives), software and/or conference travel; it may not be used for tuition, fees, or personal expenses.
Each recipient receives an award of $1,000. Up to three awards are given each year.
APS Student Grant Competition
The APS Student Grant Competition provides small “seed grant” funding to support research in its initial development stages, e.g., the purchase of research materials or other expenses incurred prior to data collection. Up to eight awards ($500 each) will be given to APS student affiliates (graduates and undergraduates). Research proposals in all areas of psychological science are welcome. Peers will evaluate each research proposal on the clarity in the presentation of ideas, the ability of the project to explain some psychological phenomenon, and the ability of the project to advance research in a specified area. Applicants will receive copies of the peer reviews once the competition has concluded.
Applicants must be current APS Student Affiliates and may only enter one APSSC competition each year (i.e., Student Grant Competition, Student Research Award, or RISE Research Award) and as such are only eligible for one of these three awards each academic year. (Note: travel assistance for convention volunteers is excluded from this rule.)
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