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DISSERTATION AND OTHER FUNDING SOURCES FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS IN PSYCHOLOGY
A 2011 article in GradPsych regarding funding sources for graduate students:
o Dissertation and Project Completion Grants are available from the Graduate School
o Graduate School Senior Doctoral Fellowship
o Thomas E. Shipley Jr. Research Prize Fund — Awarded to a doctoral student in
psychology to assist with her/his research.
NIH National Research Service Award (F31)
o The purpose of this individual predoctoral research training fellowship is to provide
support for promising doctoral candidates who will be performing dissertation
research and training in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the
participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) during the tenure of the award.
APA Science Directorate
Several awards available, including one specifically for dissertation research.
o 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 includes 30-40 grants of $1,000 each, along with
several larger grants of up to $5,000 to students whose dissertation research reflects
excellence in scientific psychology.
American Psychological Association
Range of scholarships and grants of varying amounts. Two that may be particularly applicable to
Temple students are listed here.
o APF/COGDOP Graduate Research Scholarships: $1,000 to $5,000 general scholarships.
June 30, 2012 deadline
Must be nominated by your department
o Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Fellowships: $25,000 fellowships for graduate students
in child psychology.
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Several award and scholarship opportunities, two that may be particularly applicable are listed
o Basic Psychological Science Research Grant
The intent of this grant is to fund innovative psychological science research projects.
Students in all fields of psychology and neuroscience and are APAGS members are
eligible to submit. Funds for this $1,000 scholarship must be used to support the
proposed research. This grant may be used for thesis, dissertation, or other research.
Scott Mesh Honorary Scholarship for Research in Psychology | May 9, 2012
This $1,500 grant is intended to support dissertation research leading to a doctoral
degree in the field of psychology.
National Science Foundation
o Graduate Research Fellowship Program- The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Program (GRFP) provides Fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate
careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science
and engineering. Three years of support is provided by the program for graduate study
that is in a field within NSF's mission and leads to a research-based master's or doctoral
PsiChi Graduate Research Grants | Nov 1 & Feb 1
o All graduate Psi Chi members are eligible to apply for these graduate research grants.
The purpose of this program is to provide funds for members to defray the cost of
conducting a research project. Applicants may request up to $1,500 for each project. A
total of $20,000 has been allotted for this student grant program; $10,000 for the
November deadline and $10,000 for the February deadline.
Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology
o Dissertation Awards available
Department of Education
o Jacob Javits Fellowship is full funding for students who have not yet completed their first
year of a PhD program
o Clinical psychology is ineligible
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Josephine de Karman Fellowship
January 31, 2012 deadline
One academic year, $22,000
Only candidates for the PhD who will defend their dissertation by June 2013 are eligible
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship
Support for students of Cognitive, Behavioral, and Neural sciences
Full tuition, benefits, stipend
Three years of support
For students near the beginning of their doctoral career: in the first 2 years of doctoral