Grant Information for Graduate Students

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The following is a list of grants and awards that regularly provide funding for graduate student projects. This list is not intended to be exhaustive, and funding may not be consistent across years. Students interested in applying should follow the links provided for official guidelines and procedures.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grants (T32)

The primary objective of the T32 program is to prepare qualified individuals for careers that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the Nation. This program supports predoctoral and postdoctoral research training programs (including those with short term research training) at domestic institutions of higher education with the T32 funding mechanism. Note that programs solely for short-term research training should not apply to this announcement, but rather the separate (T35) NRSA Short-Term Institutional program exclusively reserved for predoctoral and/or postdoctoral level short-term research training programs

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grants (T35)

Many of the NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) use this grant mechanism exclusively to support intensive, short-term research training experiences for students in health professional schools during the summer. In addition, the Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grant may be used to support other types of predoctoral and postdoctoral training in focused, often emerging scientific areas relevant to the mission of the funding IC. The proposed training must be in either basic, behavioral or clinical research aspects of the health-related sciences. This program is intended to encourage graduate and/or health professional students to pursue research careers by exposure to and short-term involvement in the health- related sciences.

Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Child Psychology Graduate Student Fellowship

This fellowship promotes the advancement of knowledge and learning in the field of child psychology. Goals include nurturing excellent young scholars for careers in areas of psychology, such as child-clinical, pediatric, school, educational, and developmental psychopathology. The fellowship is intended to support scholarly work contributing to the advancement of knowledge in these areas.

The Scott Mesh Honorary Scholarship for Research in Psychology

This scholarship is intended to support dissertation research leading to a doctoral degree in the field of psychology. Scott Mesh was one of the founding co-chairs of the American Psychology Association of Graduate Students (APAGS)  in 1988. This $1,500 scholarship was named in his honor as appreciation for his initial work in launching APAGS.

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 $1000 each, along with several larger grants of up to $5000 to students whose dissertation research reflects excellence in scientific psychology.

ABCT Student Dissertation Awards

Virginia A. Roswell Student Dissertation Award ($1,000)

Leonard Krasner Student Dissertation Award ($1,000)

John R. Z. Abela Student Dissertation Award ($500)

Each award will be given to one student based on his/her doctoral dissertation proposal. The research should be relevant to behavior therapy. Accompanying this honor will be a $1,000 award to be used in support of research (e.g., to pay participants, to purchase testing equipment) and/or to facilitate travel to the ABCT convention. Eligible candidates for this award should be student members who have already had their dissertation proposal approved and are investigating an area of direct relevance to behavior therapy, broadly defined.

The Melissa Institute For Violence Prevention and Treatment

The Melissa Institute is offering four awards of $2,000 each. The awards are available to graduate students who address issues of violence prevention and/or treatment. The award must be used to support expenses that are directly related to the dissertation research (e.g., subject fees, computer time, equipment). It may not be used for tuition, personal travel or personal expenses.

C.H.A.D.D. – Young Scientist Research Fund Awards

CHADD’s Young Scientist Research Fund Awards recognize researchers new the AD/HD field who are making contributions to the understanding of AD/HD.  Through the Fund, CHADD supports several researchers withan unrestricted cash award (historically $5,000), recognition at CHADD’s Annual International Conference, an allowance to cover most conference related expenses (travel, hotel, registration) and a one-year CHADD professional membership.

Routh Research and Dissertation Grant

The Purpose of the Routh Research and Dissertation Grant is to provide support for student research that shows promise to add significantly to the research literature in the area of clinical child and adolescent psychology.  Based on the quality of the applications, up to four $2,500 grants will be awarded annually.

Eligibility: Applications will only be accepted from student members of SCCAP who are enrolled in an APA approved program of study. The student must have a dissertation project that has been approved by their advisor and their program faculty at the time of submission of the application.

Society of Developmental Pediatrics

To be eligible for the SDBP Research Grant, the applicant must be an SDBP member, must not have any prior extramural funding as a principal investigator, and must be a trainee (defined as fellows in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics; Post-doctoral fellows in psychology/other PHD programs); in addition, eligibility has been extended to five years post-doctoral training or DBPed fellowship within the date of submission of the proposal.

Ohio Department of Mental Health – Small Grants

The Ohio Department of Mental Health (ODMH) Research Grants Program is open to researchers and graduate students from Ohio colleges, universities and other for-profit and non-profit organizations. ODMH offers two types of research grants — regular and small. Regular grants are available to researchers in universities and mental health settings throughout Ohio. Small grants are available to graduate students at Ohio colleges and universities. However, small grants are not restricted to people enrolled in graduate programs. The following links contain the official guidelines for submitting regular and small research grant proposals, the guidelines for submitting final reports for research projects and the required grant forms.

National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program

The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $25,000 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world. Fellows will also attend professional development retreats and receive mentorship from NAEd members and other senior scholars in their field.

This highly competitive program aims to identify the most talented emerging researchers conducting dissertation research related to education. The Dissertation Fellowship program receives many more applications than it can fund. This year, up to 600 applications are anticipated and about 20 fellowships will be awarded.

Additional guidelines and the fellowship application form are available from our website ( Deadline: October 3, 2011.

APAGS/Psi Chi Junior Scientist Fellowship

APAGS and Psi Chi are committed to promoting psychological science and the needs of research-oriented students. The Junior Scientist Fellowship provides support for students entering their 1st year or the first semester of their 2nd year of a research-oriented graduate program.

APF Graduate Student Scholarships

APF awards 15 annual scholarships for graduate student research:

  • The $5,000 Harry and Miriam Levinson Scholarship
  • The $5,000 William and Dorothy Bevan Scholarship
  • The $3,000 Ruth G. and Joseph D. Matarazzo Scholarship
  • The $2,000 Clarence J. Rosecrans Scholarship
  • The $1,000 Peter and Malina James & Dr. Louis P. James Legacy Scholarship

In 2012, APF will also be offering a $3,000 scholarship for a talented woman to help launch her career in the profession of psychology. This scholarship is made possible by the generosity of the Friedman-Klarreich Family Foundation.

In conjunction with the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology, APF awards nine additional $1,000 scholarships.

Psi Chi

Psi Chi has several different funding opportunities (e.g., research grants, travel support) for graduate students, which are listed on their website. The membership fee is $55, and it is a lifetime Psi Chi membership; t students may have already paid for this in undergrad. You must be a registered Psi Chi member to apply; you can register online. You can only apply in the first three weeks of each semester.  Contact Dr. Hoyt ( apply. You will need proof that the IRB protocol has been submitted.

Other available funding can be found at

Pi Lambda Theta also has some funding opportunities for graduate students (, but requires membership for a year prior to applying. Many of these are more focused on education research, but could be applicable to some of the school-based research in CIRS. The annual cost for membership appears to be $47, plus $15 in local dues for students.

Note: Deadline, application and other required materials differ for each opportunity.

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