April 16, 2015

APF 2015 Annette U. Rickel Dissertation Award for Public Policy


About the American Psychological Foundation (APF)
APF provides financial support for innovative research and programs that enhance the power of psychology to elevate the human condition and advance human potential both now and in generations to come. 

Since 1953, APF has supported a broad range of scholarships and grants for students and early career psychologists as well as research and program grants that use psychology to improve people’s lives. 

APF encourages applications from individuals who represent diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation.

About the Annette Urso Rickel Dissertation Award for Public Policy
The APF Annette Urso Rickel Foundation Dissertation Award for Public Policy supports dissertation research on public policy, which has the potential to improve services for children and families facing psychosocial issues such as prevention of child abuse, school programs for children with psychological issues, services for youth in the criminal justice system, healthy parenting, and math and science education, and contributing to the adoption of sound policy affecting children, youth and families.

Program Goals
Ø  Encourage talented psychology students to focus on public policy issues
Ø  Encourage work that has the potential to improve children and family services

Ø  $1,000 scholarship

APF does not allow institutional indirect costs or overhead costs. Applicants may use grant monies for stipend support and other direct administrative costs of their proposed project (software, materials, etc.). 

Eligibility Requirements
Ø  Graduate student in psychology enrolled full-time in good standing in a regionally accredited institution located in the U.S. or Canada
Ø  Completed doctoral candidacy, including dissertation approval by doctoral committee
Ø  Demonstrated research competence and area commitment
Ø  IRB approval must be received from host institution before funding can be awarded if human participants are involved
Ø  Applicants are ineligible if they have previously received either an APA or APF dissertation award.

Evaluation Criteria
Ø  Conformance with stated program goals
Ø  Magnitude of incremental contribution
Ø  Quality of proposed work
Ø  Applicant’s demonstrated scholarship and research competence

Proposal Requirements
Ø  Dissertation summary to include goal, relevant background, target population, methods, anticipated outcome (Format: not to exceed 3 pages (1 inch margins, no smaller than 11 point font)
Ø  Timeline for execution
Ø  Full budget and justification (indirect costs not permitted)
Ø  Current CV
Ø  Letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor

Submission Process and Deadline 
Submit a completed application by October 1, 2015.

Please be advised that APF does not provide feedback to applicants on their proposals.

Questions about this program should be directed to Samantha Edington, Program Officer, at sedington@apa.org

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