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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 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 Early Graduate Student Researcher Award

The Early Graduate Student Researcher Awards (EGSRA) program recognizes students for conducting outstanding research early in their graduate training. It focuses on both the student’s general research experience and specific completed research projects. 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.

For more information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.

If you are not yet an APA member, you may apply for the Early Graduate Student Reseacher award by submitting a student affiliate or associate membership application.

APA Summer Undergraduate Psychology Experience in Research

The Science Directorate of the American Psychological Association will offer up to 25 fellowships to college students from underrepresented groups to conduct summer research in a psychological science laboratory. The purpose of this fellowship program is to promote diversity among psychology undergraduates considering research as a career by expanding access to laboratory training and mentorship.

Projects must be student-driven and supervised by a faculty member with sufficient resources to support the proposed work, although collaboration with postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and other research staff is encouraged. The applicant and mentor should work together to develop a research plan, and students are expected to spend at least nine weeks in the laboratory at a minimum of 20 hours/week.

APA will pay a stipend of $4,000 directly to the student and $1,000 directly to the student’s summer faculty host. APA will also reimburse up to $1,500 of travel expenses for the student to present their research at the APA Convention.

For more information about the program and how to apply please refer to the FAQ Document and the transcript of the 2023 Frequently Asked SUPER Questions Webinar.


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