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APF/COGDOP Graduate Research Scholarships


The American Psychological Foundation (APF) and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (COGDOP) are jointly offering graduate research scholarships, including the $2,000 Clarence J. Rosecrans Scholarship, the $3,000 Ruth G. and Joseph D. Matarazzo Scholarship, the $5,000 Harry and Miriam Levinson Scholarship, as well as a number of $1,000 scholarships.

Several fellowships have been reserved for students who, at the time of application, are within their  first two years of graduate study in psychology, while most are generally reserved for students who are further along in their program.

The purpose of the scholarship program is to assist graduate students of psychology with research costs. International students may apply as long as they meet the other eligibility requirements. The American Psychological Association Science Directorate will administer the granting of the scholarships.

Each graduate department of psychology that is a member of COGDOP may submit nominations. The number of candidates that each member department is allowed to nominate depends upon the total number of students enrolled in the graduate program. Our department will be able to nominate three students.

Who Should Apply?

Ph.D. students who are in need of research funds.

Application Procedures

Each application must include the following materials (please use 12 point font):

  • A 3-page maximum letter of recommendation from the nominee's graduate research advisor, with original signature. Please do not submit more than one letter of recommendation; only the letter of recommendation from the nominee's graduate research advisor will be forwarded for review.
  • A 3-page maximum brief outline of the nominee's thesis or dissertation research project (even if in progress). Outlines may be single or double-spaced.
  • A curriculum vitae and a transcript (an unofficial/student copy is acceptable which the Student Academic Affairs Office will provide) of all graduate course work completed by the nominee.

Please submit these materials to

Review Criteria

The major criteria are related to the research proposal. Proposals will be rated on the description of the context for the research (a brief literature review), the clarity and comprehensibility of the research question, the appropriateness of the research design, the general importance (theoretical, applied) of the research, and the use of requested funds (with preference given for funds to actually conduct the research as opposed to tuition, travel, books, and journals). Secondary criteria are related to the student’s background, including previous publications or presentations at conferences, awards won at the student’s institution, the letter of recommendations from the major advisor, breadth of courses taken, and grades in courses.

For full details go to the American Psychological Foundation Website. The Psychology SAA Committee will select the applications that will be forwarded to the competition.

Application Deadline: 4/12/2018