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.”  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.

Please read an overview about each of the grants and awards below and be sure to visit each of their website information pages to see the work of previous grant and award winners and link to apply. 

Re-accessing grant and award giving during the ongoing CoVID-19 Crisis 

In September, the NJPA Foundation Board of Trustees met to discuss the state of the NJPA Foundation finances, the increased 2020 requests for giving, and the projected expenses for 2021.  We are pleased to share that, due to the 2019 donations of our members and friends of the Foundation, the Foundation was able to make a significant difference in people's lives in 2020. However, this year, we’ve experienced a time of low donations, along with financial uncertainties, and this comes with a price.  Due to lower donations and expanded 2020 grant-giving asks, the NJPA Foundation Board of Trustees has made a difficult decision to suspend the dissertation and conference participation grants and place a moratorium on the community service grant recipients, limiting available 2021 applications to returning grant site recipients only, until financially able to lift the suspensions.

*Please note that in Q4 2020, the Dissertation Grant applications and the Student Conference Participation Grant applications will be placed on suspension and re-assessed in 2021

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Dissertation Grant - Rolling Student Grant Applications Accepted

The NJPA Foundation has established the Social Advocacy Open Topic Dissertation Grant. This grant opportunity is open to doctoral level graduate psychology students enrolled in a New Jersey doctoral level psychology program, to support the process of a student’s doctoral dissertation. 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. 

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Community Service Project Grants - Annual Spring Program/Site Director Grant Applications Accepted

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 program/site director applications from programs across the state of New Jersey, with the goal of identifying and supporting model programs from each county.   Click here to read more 

Apply for the Community Service Project Grant

Student Conference Participation Grants - Rolling Student Grant Applications Accepted 

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.

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Apply for the Student Conference Participation Grants

Graduate Student-Initiated Research Awards - Summer Student Award Competition Applications Accepted

  • Student proposals must be submitted by the deadline of July 19th to be included in the annual award competition.
  • This is a competitive process and there are 4 possible award categories - The John M. Lagos Award for Research Into Causes and/or Treatment of Social Problems; The NJPA Foundation Scholarship for Research on Diversity Issues; The Dr. Zellig Bach Award for the Study of the Family; and The Winifred Starbuck Scott Award
  • The research or project may have multiple authors.
  • Proposals are judged anonymously by a group of designated reviewers who rate each submission for each of the 4 categories.
  • The award winner is determined by comparing the scores of the judge’s ratings in each category.
  • The awards are limited to 1 award for each of the 4 categories in a given year. The NJPA Foundation reserves the right to provide an award to only those proposals that meet a standard of excellence, and does not guarantee that awards will be given every year in every category.
  • The applicant must be an 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 student-initiated research and projects may be conceptual or data driven.  Note – The research may have more than one student author. If so, the award money will be divided equally among the students. 

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Apply for the Graduate Student-Initiated Research Awards

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