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.
APF awards 16 annual scholarships for graduate student research:
$5,000 Charles and Carol Spielberger Scholarship.
$5,000 Harry and Miriam Levinson Scholarship.
$5,000 William and Dorothy Bevan Scholarship.
$3,000 Ruth G. and Joseph D. Matarazzo Scholarship.
$2,000 Clarence J. Rosecrans Scholarship.
$1,000 William C. Howell Scholarship.
$1,000 Peter and Malina James and Dr. Louis P. James Legacy Scholarship.
$1,000 Dr. Judy Kuriansky Scholarship.
In conjunction with the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology, APF awards eight additional $1,000 scholarships.
Graduate students enrolled in an interim master's program or doctoral program are eligible to apply. If a student is currently enrolled in a terminal master's program, the student must intend to enroll in a PhD program. Students at any stage of graduate study are encouraged to apply. The purpose of the scholarship program is to assist graduate students of psychology with research costs associated with the master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. The American Psychological Association Science Directorate administers 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. Departments that have 100 or fewer students enrolled in their graduate programs may nominate one (1) candidate; departments that have 101-200 graduate students enrolled may nominate up to two (2) candidates; and departments that have more than 200 graduate students enrolled may nominate up to three (3) candidates. NOTE: nominees must be currently enrolled in the graduate program at the time grants are awarded.
APF encourages applications from individuals who represent diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability and sexual orientation.