The awards and submissions listed below are currently open. For questions about these or other awards/submissions, contact SPSP.


In 2017, inspired by discussion during the Increasing Diversity and Inclusiveness symposium at the 2017 Convention, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology launched the Community Building Grant Program.

SPSP members can apply to use these funds in their efforts to develop community and professional development among members of groups currently underrepresented in the field (including gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity and race, disability, and other underrepresented statuses).

 

Description

SPSP seeks to provide small grants to support personality and social psychologists at all levels. This financial support is intended to assist SPSP members from underrepresented groups in their efforts to develop and host meetings to build community and develop professional skills. Examples could include dinner with an invited speaker, sharing and critiquing job materials, workshopping papers, skills building workshops, building new networks, and other community building activities.

 

Community Building support is not to be used for individuals to attend existing conferences or to support preconferences at the SPSP Convention.

 

Grants may be awarded for an amount up to $1,500. Larger or more formal meetings/conferences should apply for the small conference grant.

 

Preference will be given to support of developing or building new Communities within SPSP. Recipients of the grant must provide a post-event final report summarizing the event and its outcomes.

 

 

Eligibility

To apply for the Community Building Grant, applicants must be members of SPSP with current membership in good standing at time of application.

 

EVALUATION

Your application will be evaluated based on its unique merit and capacity to promote and grow one of our underrepresented communities (including but not limited to: gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity and race, disability). 

 

RIDER ON USE OF FUNDS

Funds will be made available in one of two ways:

1)     Directly payable to another hosting/sponsoring entity OR the recipient’s university. If this method is chosen, a W9 from the payee will be required. Under this arrangement, SPSP is a sponsor and will not be legally or financially responsible for the conference and no contract should be signed under the auspice of SPSP, Inc.

 

2)     Funds hosted at SPSP. If this method is chosen, SPSP will be the host of the meeting and will assume contractual responsibility, including financial, legal and tax responsibility. Organizers will maintain control of the program content and will work with SPSP staff on budgets/contracts.

In either payment scenario, if the conference does not occur within 12 months of award, the funds must be returned to SPSP. 

 

How to Apply

Applications are accepted twice annually:

 

  • May 1 – August 1 (for conferences/meetings held between October and July of the following year 
  • October 1 – January 1 (for conferences/meetings held between March and December of the following year)

The SPSP Fellowship Committee is currently accepting nominations for APA Division 8 Fellows who are currently Fellows in another APA division.

To be considered as a Division 8 Fellow, you must:

  • Have a doctoral degree.
  • Be an APA Division 8 member in good standing.
  • Be a current Fellow of another APA division. 
  • Have five years of postdoctoral experience.
  • Have made an extraordinary and distinctive contribution to the science of Personality and Social Psychology. Criteria that will be considered include scientific contributions, service to the field, and awards and recognition:
    • Scientific Contributions: The committee will consider a candidate’s publication record (e.g., peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, books, and edited volumes) and the impact of the candidate’s work on the field (e.g., citation counts, transformative or highly generative works, influence on public policy, extraordinary performance in student supervision).
    • Service to the Field: The committee will consider service contributions to professional organizations, scientific conferences, grant panels, journal editorial boards, task-forces, outreach activities, scientific blogs, contributions to academic centers or consortia, etc. 
    • Awards & Recognitions: As additional evidence for scientific impact and service to the field, the committee may consider previous awards and recognitions for research and service.

More information is available at http://spsp.org/membership/fellows
Contact Jennifer Bosson (jbosson@usf.edu) or Brannan Meyers (bmeyers@spsp.org) with any additional questions.

The SPSP Fellowship Committee is currently accepting nominations for SPSP Fellows.

To be considered as an SPSP Fellow, you must:

  • Be a member of SPSP.
  • Have earned your Ph.D. more than 10  years ago.
  • Have made an extraordinary and distinctive contribution to the science of Personality and Social Psychology. 

              The society recognizes that key contributions can be made not only by academic researchers, but  also by teacher/scholars (whose job descriptions might entail little or no research) and applied scholars (who job descriptions entail little or no teaching and mentoring).  

             Applications will be reviewed taking into consideration the nature of the nominee’s position and key contributions to field. Thus,

            nominations should indicate which of the following categories best reflects the emphasis of the applicant’s position (check one):

  • Research Emphasis 
  • Teaching Emphasis 
  • Applied Emphasis 

Criteria that will be considered include scientific contributions, service to the field and community outreach, and excellence in teaching and mentoring (if applicable) 

  • Scientific Contributions:  The committee will consider a candidate’s publication record (e.g., peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, books, and edited volumes) and the scholarly impact of the candidate’s work on the field (e.g., citation counts, research awards, transformative or highly generative works, promoting best practices in research). Impact of research can also be interpreted more broadly to consider the application of research to real world contexts or to inform public policy. For Applied Emphasis review, working in government, non-profits, or industry, other evidence of research (even if not externally published) having scientific impact outside their organization will be considered. 
  • Service to the Field and/or Community Outreach:  The committee will consider service contributions to professional organizations, scientific conferences, grant panels, journal editorial boards, task-forces, outreach activities or knowledge translation to stakeholder groups, professional audiences, or general public, scientific blogs, contributions to academic centers or consortia, etc.  
  • Teaching and Mentoring: If applicable to a nominee’s position, the committee will consider evidence of excellence in teaching, pedagogy, and/or mentoring at either the undergraduate or graduate level. This can include teaching awards, evidence of attracting students from underrepresented groups to the field, extraordinary performance in student supervision, mentoring, leadership or scholarship in teaching of social and personality psychology. 


 

The Fellowship Committee, consisting of five SPSP Fellows, proposes new Fellows to the Board of Directors. Nominations and self-nominations are welcome.

 

More information is available at http://spsp.org/membership/fellows

 

Contact Jessi L. Smith (jsmith20@uccs.edu) or Travis Clark (tclark@spsp.org) with any additional questions.

SPSP seeks to provide small grants to support personality and social psychological research at all levels, including conference support. Conference support is intended to assist SPSP members in their efforts to develop and host successful conferences. Conference support is not to be used for individuals to attend existing conferences or to support preconferences at the SPSP Convention.


SUPPORT AVAILABLE

Two categories of support are available:

1)     Up to $5000 - Applicable to smaller meetings or meetings jointly funded by a number of organizations or entities

2)     $5001 to $10,000 - Applicable to meetings mostly or solely funded through the current SPSP mechanism

In both cases, conference funding must support a cadre of SPSP members or benefit SPSP directly (including outreach to new groups). Preference will be given to support of developing new Communities or building Communities within SPSP, though support would not be limited to these groups. Larger budgets require greater benefit for SPSP members (not longer justifications in the application).  Thus, for example, 10 researchers getting together after an existing conference to discuss one topic would need less than the development of a 100-person conference designed to bring together 3 distinct areas and produce a new book of import.


DISCLAIMER ON USE OF FUNDS

Funds will be made available in one of two ways:

1) Directly payable to another hosting/sponsoring entity OR the recipient’s university. If this method is chosen, a W9 from the payee will be required. Under this arrangement, SPSP is a sponsor and will not be legally or financially responsible for the conference and no contract should be signed under the auspice of SPSP, Inc.

2) Funds hosted at SPSP. If this method is chosen, SPSP will be the host of the conference and will assume contractual responsibility, including financial, legal and tax responsibility. Organizers will maintain control of the program content and will work with SPSP staff on budgets/contracts.

In either payment scenario, if the conference does not occur within 12 months, the funds must be returned to SPSP. Recipients of the grant must provide a post-event final report summarizing the event and its outcomes.


HOW TO APPLY

Applications are accepted from full members of SPSP (those with doctorates in psychology). Applications are accepted twice annually:

  • April 1 – July 1, to be awarded in August (for conferences held between September and August of the following year)
  • October 1 – December 1, to be awarded in January (for conferences held between February and January of the following year)

Your application will be evaluated based on its unique scientific merit, and SPSP encourages submitters to consider diversity in attendees and speakers when organizing a conference. Diversity includes gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity and race, disability, career level, and more. It is strongly recommended that you include a list of proposed and/or confirmed speakers. SPSP also encourages collaboration with other organizations, including programmatic and financial collaborations. 

The Jenessa Shapiro Award for Contributions to Diversity and Inclusion recognizes a faculty member who has had a direct and significant impact on the representation and experiences of underrepresented individuals in social/personality psychology and/or the broader community. 

The award is named in memory of UCLA professor Jenessa Shapiro, who thought it was extremely important to promote diversity and inclusion in her lab, at the university, and in the field more generally. Jenessa took concrete actions to do this in a number of ways, ranging from volunteering for mentorship lunches at professional conferences to serving on committees to address issues of diversity within her departments as well as at the National Institutes of Health. She also engaged in countless other less visible activities to contribute to the goals of diversity, inclusion, and social justice that she never advertised. 

 Recipients of this award receive a $500 honorarium and accompanying plaque, which are presented at the annual Awards Ceremony held at the SPSP Annual Convention, as well as a complimentary one-year SPSP membership.

 Eligibility

Recipients should have had a direct and significant impact on the representation and experiences of underrepresented individuals in social/personality psychology and/or the broader community 

Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by others.
 

Application Requirements
- A bulleted list that describes how the nominee fits the criteria for this award.

- Nominee's current vita in electronic format.

- OPTIONAL: Letters of support from up to three individuals (e.g. student mentees, colleagues) who are in a position to speak to the nominee’s qualifications for the awards.

More information on our website.
Questions should be directed to awards@spsp.org.

The Block Award is SPSP's senior career award for research accomplishment in personality psychology. It was named for Jack Block, who was known for his analytic and theoretical sophistication and depth, as well as for his broad interests. The recipients of this award are recognized for their scientifically rigorous career research accomplishments in personality psychology rather than for a specific discovery or article.

Recipients of this award receive a $1000 honorarium and accompanying plaque, which are presented at the annual Awards Ceremony held at the SPSP Annual Convention, as well as a complimentary one-year SPSP membership. In addition, travel and registration to the convention are provided, plus a three-night hotel stay, and the recipient will give an address in a special plenary session (along with the Campbell Award and Distinguished Scholar recipients).

Eligibility

  • Recipients should have shown career research accomplishment in personality psychology.

Application Requirements

  • A bullet-ed list detailing the nominee’s scientifically rigorous career research accomplishments in personality psychology.
  • Nominee's current vita in electronic format with list of publications.
  • Recipient should not have previously been awarded an SPSP senior career award (these include the Block Award, Campbell Award, Distinguished Scholar Award, Career Contribution Award, Methodological Innovator Award, and Application Award).

More information on our website.
Questions should be directed to awards@spsp.org.

The Donald T. Campbell Award is a senior career award that recognizes distinguished scholarly achievement and sustained excellence in research in social psychology. This award is intended to recognize rigorous research over one's career, rather than one specific discovery or publication.

This award honors an individual who has contributed to the field of social psychology in significant ways. It is not limited by research area or methodological approach to social psychological science.

Recipients of this award receive a $1000 honorarium and accompanying plaque, which are presented at the annual Awards Ceremony held at the SPSP Annual Convention, as well as a complimentary one-year SPSP membership. In addition, travel and registration to the convention are provided, plus a three-night hotel stay, and the recipient will give an address in a special plenary session (along with the Block Award and Distinguished Scholar recipients).

Eligibility

  • Recipients should have shown distinguished scholarly achievement and sustained excellence in research in social psychology.

Application Requirements

  • Bullet-ed list detailing the nominee’s distinguished scholarly achievement, sustained excellence, and scientifically rigorous career research accomplishments in social psychology.
  • Nominee's current vita in electronic format with list of publications.
  • Recipient should not have previously been awarded an SPSP senior career award (these include the Block Award, Campbell Award, Distinguished Scholar Award, Career Contribution Award, Methodological Innovator Award, and Application Award). 

More information on our website.
Questions should be directed to awards@spsp.org.

The Career Contribution Award is a senior career award that honors a scholar who has made major theoretical and/or empirical contributions to social psychology and/or personality psychology or to bridging these areas together. This award may recognize recipients who have been under-recognized for their distinguished scholarly contributions across long and productive careers.

Recipients of this award receive a $1000 honorarium and accompanying plaque, which are presented at the annual Awards Ceremony held at the SPSP Annual Convention, as well as a complimentary one-year SPSP membership. In addition, travel and registration to the convention, plus a three-night hotel stay, are provided.

Eligibility

  • Recipients will be senior scholars who have made major theoretical and/or empirical contributions to social psychology and/or personality psychology or to bridging these areas, and have been under-recognized for their distinguished scholarly contributions across long and productive careers.

Application Requirements

  • Letter of nomination detailing the nominee’s major theoretical and/or empirical contributions to social psychology and/or personality psychology or to bridging these areas.
  • Nominee's current vita in electronic format with list of publications.
  • Recipient should not have previously been awarded an SPSP senior career award (these include the Block Award, Campbell Award, Distinguished Scholar Award, Career Contribution Award, Methodological Innovator Award, and Application Award).

More information on our website.
Questions should be directed to awards@spsp.org.

The Distinguished Scholar Award is a senior career award that recognizes the broad scope and potentially integrative nature of scholarship in personality and social psychology. It honors a scholar who has made distinctively valuable research contributions across his or her career that bridge personality and social psychology or bridge personality or social psychology to another field (ie. law, education, organizations, or medicine). It is intended for individuals whose career contributions are outstanding, but do not fit neatly within the prototypical social or personality research areas.

Recipients of this award receive a $1000 honorarium and accompanying plaque, which are presented at the annual Awards Ceremony held at the SPSP Annual Convention, as well as a complimentary one-year SPSP membership. In addition, travel and registration to the convention are provided, plus a three-night hotel stay, and the recipient will give an address in a special plenary session (along with the Block Award and Campbell Award recipients). 

Eligibility

  • Recipients are scholars who have made distinctively valuable research contributions across his or her career in areas that bridge personality and social psychology or bridge personality or social psychology to another field (ie. law, education, organizations, or medicine). 

Application Requirements

  • Bullet-ed list detailing the nominee’s career contributions that bridge personality and social psychology or bridge personality or social psychology to another field (ie. law, education, organizations, or medicine).
  • Nominee's current vita in electronic format with list of publications.
  • Recipient should not have previously been awarded an SPSP senior career award (these include the Block Award, Campbell Award, Distinguished Scholar Award, Career Contribution Award, Methodological Innovator Award, and Application Award).

More information on our website.
Questions should be directed to awards@spsp.org.

The Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring award was designed to recognize excellence in teaching and mentoring among faculty at colleges and universities that do not have Ph.D. programs in social and/or personality psychology. The award is open to faculty at community colleges and those whose teaching is primarily online.

Recipients receive $500 and a plaque, which is presented at the Awards Ceremony held at the SPSP Annual Convention, as well as a complimentary one-year SPSP membership.

Eligibility

  • Self-nominations are encouraged.
  • Recipients should have shown excellence in teaching and mentoring at an institution without a Ph.D. program in social and/or personality psychology.
  • This award is open to faculty who have been teaching and mentoring students full-time for five years since receiving their doctoral degree.
  • Recipients may teach at a 4-year or 2-year institution.

Application Requirements

  • A bulleted list documenting mentoring excellence such as student mentored projects, conference presentations, student mentored publications, student success in the field
  • Three letters of support  (optional) 
  • The nominee’s current vita in electronic format (maximum of 3 pages) 

More information on our website.
Questions should be directed to awards@spsp.org.

The Daniel M. Wegner Theoretical Innovation Prize is a prize for a single outstanding contribution that recognizes the author of an article or book chapter judged to provide the most innovative theoretical contribution to social/personality psychology within a given year. 


Any kind of innovative theoretical contribution can be considered for the prize, including presentations of new theories, new theory-based integrations of disparate areas of inquiry, and significant extensions of existing theories to new areas of inquiry. Theoretical contributions are eligible for the prize regardless of whether they appear in stand-alone theoretical papers, within conceptually-based literature reviews, or in some other type of article or book chapter in which conceptual innovation is highlighted.


Recipients of this award receive a $500 honorarium (split among winning authors) and accompanying plaque, which are presented at the annual Awards Ceremony held at the SPSP Annual Convention, as well as a complimentary one-year SPSP membership. This award was endowed by support from Worth Publishers through the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology.

Eligibility

  • Recipients are the authors of eligible papers. Eligible papers must have been published in peer-reviewed journals or as book chapters during the calendar year prior to nomination. For example, to be nominated in 2019, the publication must have been printed in calendar year 2018. Papers and chapters still "in press" are not eligible.

Application Requirements

  • Electronic version of the nominated piece (in PDF or .doc format)
  • A bullet-ed list describing how the article fits the criteria
  • If the nominated piece is a chapter and does not contain an abstract, a 150-word abstract must also be included

More information on our website.
Questions should be directed to awards@spsp.org.

The Heritage Dissertation Research Awards program is a competition for dissertation research funding. The purpose of these awards is to assist doctoral students in personality and social psychology with research costs associated with their doctoral dissertations. The Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology intends to award 6 grants of $2,000 each. At least two grants will be in personality psychology and at least two grants will be in social psychology.The intent of the Foundation is to increase the number of awards in the future as additional funds become available.
 The Heritage Initiative celebrates personality and social psychology's heritage by honoring some of the great teachers and scientists who have made major contributions to field. In doing so, the Initiative is aimed at ensuring the field’s future by assisting its next generation of scholars. The Heritage Dissertation Research Awards are the direct result of funds raised in honor of our fields’ luminaries. Applicants are asked to indicate in their applications to which of the Heritage honorees their work best links. For more information on the Heritage Fund and current honorees, please go to http://spsp.org/about/foundation/heritage-wall-of-fame


 Eligibility
 1.  Applicants must be graduate students in personality and/or social psychology in good standing with their university. Applicants must be enrolled full-time (or working on their dissertation research for an equivalent of full-time enrollment regardless of actual registration status).

 2.  Applicants must be student members of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology at the time they apply for the award.

 3.  Applicants must have had their dissertation proposals approved by their dissertation committees prior to application.

 4.  Each department may endorse no more than two (2) students per year for the Heritage Dissertation Research Award. If more than two students from a department wish to apply for these funds, the department should perform an initial screening and choose only two applications for submission.

 5.  Applicants must not have previously received a Heritage Dissertation Research Award.  

 6.  The dissertation research may be in any area of social or personality psychology.




 Applicants will submit the following to apply for the Heritage Dissertation Award:

 - 2 page abstract of dissertation proposal. Because priority will go to projects that are in the tradition of one of the Heritage Awardees, defined very broadly, your abstract should briefly indicate the name of the Heritage nominee that your work follows.
  - 1 paragraph describing the use of funds if awarded
  - A current CV





 Advisor Recommendation
 A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s academic advisor is required to complete the application process. Please note that this letter has a maximum length of (1) page, single-spaced. Please communicate to the faculty member who will write your recommendation letter the importance of adhering to this maximum page limit. In addition, please do not submit more than one letter of recommendation; only one will be forwarded for review. The letter writer will submit his/her letter on-line.
Applications (including letters of recommendation) should  be received no later than June 1, 2019
 More information is available on our website. Contact awards@spsp.org with any questions.


 

The Jenessa Shapiro Graduate Research Award provides assistance to a graduate student from an underrepresented background with the cost of conducting research in personality and/or social psychology up to $1,000. Up to two student awards are given per year. This award can be given at any stage of a student’s graduate career; that is, the research does not need to be part of the student’s dissertation. 

The award is named in memory of UCLA professor Jenessa Shapiro, who thought it was extremely important to promote diversity and inclusion in her lab, at the university, and in the field more generally. Jenessa took concrete actions to do this in a number of ways, ranging from volunteering for mentorship lunches at professional conferences to serving on committees to address issues of diversity within her departments as well as at the National Institutes of Health. She also engaged in countless other less visible activities to contribute to the goals of diversity, inclusion, and social justice that she never advertised.  
 

Eligibility
1. Applicants must be graduate students in personality and/or social psychology in good standing with their university. Applicants must be enrolled full-time (or working on their dissertation research for an equivalent of full-time enrollment regardless of actual registration status).

2. The research may be in any area of social or personality psychology.

3. Applicants must be a member of an underrepresented group in social/personality psychology (these groups include, but are not necessarily limited to, ethnic and racial minorities; first-generation college students; lesbian, gay and bisexual students; transgender students; and students with a physical disability).

4. Applicants cannot have previously won the Jenessa Shapiro Graduate Research Award. 


Applicants will submit the following to apply for the Award:

- A description of the proposed research (no more than 2 pages single-spaced).
- One additional paragraph describing the use of funds if awarded.
- A current CV.
 

Advisor Recommendation
A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s academic advisor is required to complete the application process. Please note that this letter has a maximum length of (1) page, single-spaced. Please communicate to the faculty member who will write your recommendation letter the importance of adhering to this maximum page limit. In addition, please do not submit more than one letter of recommendation; only one will be forwarded for review. The letter writer will submit his/her letter on-line.

SPSP will select five students to attend EASP (one for each workstream) and reimburse up to $750 in expenses (toward registration, travel, etc)

Eligibility


The EASP Summer School will keep 5 of the approximately 70 potential Summer School places open for graduate students from North America/Canada selected by SPSP. Students will be selected on the basis of academic merit, promise as a researcher, and diversity, which includes gender, race/ethnicity, year in graduate school, area of interest and graduate program.

SPSP Student Members from the following categories are eligible to participate in EASP:

  • U.S./Canadian graduate students. Students enrolled in graduate programs in the U.S. and Canada, who are SPSP members and who are enrolled in their second through fifth years of graduate study at the time of application are eligible. First-year graduate students are not eligible. 


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