Foundation Awards & Grants

Thanks to the generosity and support of our donors, the NJPA Foundation is able to continue providing awards and grants that support the training and research of graduate students who focus on the underserved residents in New Jersey. Without financial assistance, the Foundation would be unable to continue to fulfill its mission, “promoting the psychological health of the diverse people of New Jersey.”

 

 

Here’s what your generous NJPA Foundation support enables us to do:

Dissertation Grants:  The NJPA Foundation Dissertation Grants are open to doctoral level graduate psychology students, enrolled in a New Jersey doctoral level psychology program. To be a candidate for this grant, a qualified graduate student must have one of the following two areas of study/exploration as the focus of her/his doctoral dissertation:

New NJPA Foundation Dissertation Grant – Social Advocacy Open Topic 
Starting in 2020, the NJPA Foundation will offer a new NJPA Foundation Dissertation Grant to doctoral level graduate psychology students, enrolled in a New Jersey doctoral level psychology program. To be a candidate for this grant, a qualified graduate student must have a social advocacy topic that may or does impact underserved populations of New Jersey.

The NJPA Foundation Board of Trustees may award up to $5,000 per grant recipient, per social advocacy open topic grant. The dissertation grant applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If approved, the NJPA Foundation will develop an individual grant distribution schedule, per grant recipient.

NJPA Foundation Dissertation Grants (Earmarked Topics)  - Impact of School Violence or Institutional Separating Children from Families

1) The Impact of School Violence on the Victims and on Society or
2) The Traumatic Impact of Separating Children from Families on the Victims and on Society 

The NJPA Foundation Board of Trustees may award up to $10,000 per grant recipient, per earmarked grant. The dissertation grant applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  If approved, the NJPA Foundation will develop an individual grant distribution schedule, per grant recipient. 

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Apply for the Dissertation Grant

Community Service Project Grants: The NJPA Foundation identifies exemplary programs that provide psychological services to those who cannot afford it and trains doctoral students to work with these underserved populations. We invite applications from programs across the state of New Jersey, with the goal of identifying and supporting model programs from each county.  Read more about the programs we are currently funding.

Apply for the Community Service Project Grant

Graduate Student-Initiated Research Awards: A fundamental component of the New Jersey Psychological Association Foundation’s mission is to support the training of graduate students. One way to meet this goal is by providing funding for student-initiated research and projects addressing psychological issues that have significant impact on community health. The student-initiated research and projects may be conceptual or data drivenNote – The research may have more than one student author. If so, the award money will be divided equally among the students. Through the generosity of individual contributions, we are able to offer four awards and scholarships for innovative family, school, and community projects: 

Applicant Requirements 
The applicant must meet the following criteria:
NJPA student member AND, enrolled in a New Jersey college or university master's or doctoral level psychology program OR, a psychology intern at a New Jersey facility.

•  The John M. Lagos Award for Research Into Causes and/or Treatment of Social Problems ($2,000).  Some possible topics include school issues, work problems, health issues, and aggression.

•  The NJPA Foundation Scholarship for Research on Diversity Issues ($2,000):  Awarded to a graduate student in psychology who advances the following goals: (a) promote scientific understanding of the role of diversity in psychology; (b) foster the development of sensitive models for delivery of psychological services to diverse populations.  Some possible topics include issues related to cultural or ethnic issues, socioeconomic issues, gender issues, or work with underserved populations.

•  The Dr. Zellig Bach Award for the Study of the Family ($1,000).  Awarded for the study of behavior related to divorce, teenage pregnancy, adoption, single parents with dependent children, interpersonal abuse, substance abuse, custody, dual careers, childcare, etc.

•  The Winifred Starbuck Scott Award ($1,000).  Awarded to a graduate student in school psychology for completing a distinguished project, usually during internship.

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Apply for the Graduate Student-Initiated Research Awards
 

Student Conference Participation Grants: This grant promotes supplemental training and education experiences in professional practice and research, with an emphasis on treating underserved populations. Attending conferences, workshops, seminars, and other scientific sessions are an essential part of the learning experience for psychology graduate students. Sessions provide an educational experience that allows students to observe and/or practice how didactic lessons can be applied to real-world treatment. Underserved populations might include, but are not limited to:

• Immigrants and refugees
• Inner-city students
• Minorities
• Children with autism spectrum disorders
• Elderly in need

Grant amount: Up to but not to exceed $300.00 for conference/workshop related expenses (travel, housing,registration). Awarded amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis. Under certain circumstances, grant amounts may be increased with approval from the board.  A limited number of awards are available per year. Previous recipients are eligible, but priority will be given to first time applicants. Applicants are encouraged to apply well in advance of the conference, workshop, or other sessions. Decisions on applications received will be made at Foundation Board meetings, held quarterly.  Deadlines for applications are one (1) week prior to Board meetings; applicants will be notified of decisions by the following Friday.  Contact the NJPA Foundation at [email protected] for the Board meeting schedule.

Apply for the Student Conference Participation Grants

 

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