Top 10 Scholarships for Psychology Graduate Programs


Field of Psychology is the study of the mind and behavior, according to the American Psychological Association. It is the study of the mind, how it works, and how it affects behavior.  Psychology has endured for decades as an extremely popular major. People are fascinating and the chance to earn a degree that allows the students to both study human behavior and help those in need is tough to pass up. Psychology majors also have many career options, whether the students choose to pursue graduate work or to go straight into a career, a psychology degree can help the students along the way. Psychology majors go on to work with children and adults in a variety of settings to provide a wide range of important services that can enrich lives. In addition to clinical psychiatrists and psychologists, counselors, social workers, and other professionals who help people for a living get their start in psychology.

Psychology scholarships are available from a variety of sources. The most common will be psychology scholarships awarded by the psychology department at the colleges. Awards are available for graduate research and for undergraduate students from a variety of organizations. Psychology students may also find success in applying for more general scholarships in the areas of science, health, and social services. In addition, psychology students are also good candidates for a variety of other scholarship awards, such as essay scholarships and community service scholarships.

Below are the various scholarships that are available for the students in the US for Psychology.

1. Annette Urso Rickel Foundation 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, math and science education, and contributing to the adoption of sound policy affecting children, youth and families.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Graduate student in psychology enrolled full time in good standing in a regionally accredited institution located in the U.S. or Canada.
  • Completed doctoral candidacy, including dissertation approval by the doctoral committee.
  • Demonstrated research competence and area commitment.
  • IRB approval must be received from the host institution before funding can be awarded if human participants are involved.

Submission Process

Please include the following in a single document (Not to exceed three pages, one-inch margins, 11-point Times New Roman/Garamond Font, single space):

  • Goals, relevant background/literature review.
  • Methods (must be detailed enough so that the design, assessments, and procedures can be evaluated).
  • Anticipated outcomes, significance, and impact.

Additionally, please submit the following documents:

  • Project timeline (not to exceed one page; typically, APF grants are for one year).
  • Detailed budget and justification (not to exceed one page).
  • Abbreviated CV (not to exceed five pages).
  • Letter of recommendation from the student’s faculty advisor.

APF does not allow institutional indirect costs or overhead costs. Applicants may use grant monies for direct administrative costs of their proposed project.

 

2. American Psychological Foundation Scott and Paul Pearsall Scholarship

The Scott and Paul Pearsall Grant supports graduate and early career work that seeks to increase the public’s understanding of the psychological pain and stigma experienced by adults living with visible physical disabilities, such as cerebral palsy. This scholarship encourages talented students and early career researchers to orient their careers to understanding the psychological effect of stigma on people with visible disabilities. They try to develop strategies to improve the public’s understanding of the psychological pain and stigma felt by individuals with a visible physical disability, in order to reduce harmful misconceptions.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be a full-time graduate student in good standing at an accredited university or an early career psychologist (no more than 10 years post-doctoral).
  • Applicants must have received IRB approval before funding can be awarded if human participants are involved.

Submission Process

Please include the following in a single document (Not to exceed five pages, one-inch margins, 11-point Times New Roman/Garamond Font, single space):

  • Goals, relevant background/literature review.
  • Methods (must be detailed enough so that the design, assessments, and procedures can be evaluated).
  • Anticipated outcomes, significance, and impact.

Additionally, please submit the following documents:

  • Project timeline (not to exceed one page; typically, APF grants are for one year).
  • Detailed budget and justification (not to exceed one page).
  • Abbreviated CV (not to exceed five pages).
  • Letter of recommendation from the student’s faculty advisor.

APF does not allow institutional indirect costs or overhead costs. Applicants may use grant monies for direct administrative costs of their proposed project.

 

3. F. J. McGuigan Dissertation Award

APF is seeking applications for the F. J. McGuigan Dissertation Award, which supports dissertation research that addresses any aspect of mental function (e.g., cognition, affect, motivation) and seeks to understand the mind from both a behavioral and neural perspective.

Proposed research should be compatible with McGuigan’s overall goals and may fall within any area of contemporary behavioral or brain science (including more recent forms of cognitive psychology).

Eligibility Requirements

  • Completed doctoral candidacy, including dissertation approval by the doctoral committee.
  • Demonstrated commitment to stated program goals (dualistic approaches characteristic of much contemporary cognitive research are specifically ineligible).

Submission Process

Please include the following in a single document (Not to exceed three pages, one-inch margins, 11-point Times New Roman/Garamond Font, single space):

  • Goals, relevant background/literature review
  • Methods (must be detailed enough so that the design, assessments, and procedures can be evaluated)
  • Anticipated outcomes, significance, and impact
Additionally, please submit the following documents:
  • Project timeline (not to exceed one page; typically, APF grants are for one year)
  • Detailed budget and justification (not to exceed one page)
  • Abbreviated CV (not to exceed five pages)
  • Recommendation letter from the academic advisor.

APF does not allow institutional indirect costs or overhead costs. Applicants may use grant monies for direct administrative costs of their proposed project.

 

4.University of Minnesota Department of Psychology

Psychology scholarships, awards, and prizes are processed through the students’ University of Minnesota student account. These may affect other financial support the students have received as a University student.

  • Psychology Engagement Awards: These donor awards support undergraduates completing hands-on experiences in the local, national, or international community.
  • Mortensen Travel Awards & Research Awards: Travel awards are available for students presenting a poster or paper at an undergraduate research conference or professional psychological conference. Research awards are to be used toward research projects undertaken in collaboration with a psychology faculty or psychology adjunct faculty member.
  • Mortensen Scholarships: Each year the Department of Psychology awards several academic scholarships and one study abroad scholarship to psychology majors.
  • Sharon Borine Capstone Award: This gift acknowledges undergraduate seniors each semester whose final submissions for their capstone course are of the highest quality.

 

5. Franklin D. Boyce Scholarship

 The purpose of this scholarship is to promote a broad range of professional health occupations by awarding scholarships for attendance at institutions of higher learning. Professional health occupations may include but are not limited to, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, physicians, radiology/lab technicians, psychologists, health administration, and biologists. Upon Board of Trustee approval, this scholarship may be renewable up to one additional consecutive years.

Scholarship Applicants Must

  1. Be attending or express an interest in attending college as a full-time or part-time undergraduate (at least 6 hours per semester) or graduate student in a health-related field;
  2. Submit a completed “John Randolph Foundation Scholarship Application” Online to include the required documents which must be uploaded with the application;
  3. Demonstrate financial need and;
  4. Must have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better.

 

Submission Process

All required documents must be uploaded with the application. Any mailed or hand-delivered documents will not be accepted.

  • Academic Transcript(s) (High School or College whichever applies.)
  • SAT Scores or Relevant Test Scores (GRE’s, ACT, MCATS, etc.) – Check to see if SAT Test Scores are listed on the student’s official high school transcript. If so, no need to submit separately.
  • Student Aid Report (SAR) – Submit pages 1 & 2 of the SAR Report which provides the EFC# (Expected Family Contribution) and Student’s Information – SAR and EFC# is generated from the completed FAFSA Application
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (Current)

The scholarship amount is $2,500 and will be paid directly to the school for current year tuition, fees, books purchased through the institution attended, and on-campus dormitory and meal plan expenses. The scholarship committee will review and evaluate all applications and announce awards each spring. The committee will also review and revise the scholarship policy and criteria as necessary.

 

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