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


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 $1,000 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://www.foundationpsp.org/heritage.php.

 

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



Adviser 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 and complete a checklist certifying the following information:

1. the applicant is in good standing in his or her program.
2. the proposal has been approved by the applicant’s committer (or the equivalent designation for the Ph.D. program).
3. the date the student is expected to complete the dissertation.
4. a statement indicating that the funds are needed to complete the research.


More information on our website.


Eligibility

To be eligible for an award, applicants must:
  • Be the first author on a poster accepted to SPSP 2017.
  • Be a student member of SPSP at the time of application for the award. 
  • Be a full-time graduate student at the time of submission (Undergraduate student applications should be submitted here: https://spsp.submittable.com/submit/f75fe1ba-da15-4dcd-bfdc-426c9d0f3780).
  • Be available to present their poster research at the first poster session at the SPSP conference.
  • Present a poster that reflects the applicant's work, and not that of an advisor.
  • Work must NOT be in-press or already published.

Application Process

If your first-authored poster has been accepted for the 2017 SPSP program and you meet the other criteria, you may apply for a Student Poster Award by uploading the following documents:

1.    A .pdf copy of the poster you intend to present at SPSP 2017.

Competitive posters will include each of the following sections (or sections equivalent to those) below:

a.    Background Information or Introduction

b.    Objectives, Hypotheses or Research Questions

c.    Methods or Procedures

d.    Results or Analyses

e.    Conclusions or Discussion

f.     Any in-text citation should be in APA format, a reference list is not required

Note: If you are selected to present your poster at SPSP as a finalist, you will be allowed to make minor edits to your poster prior to the convention in order to incorporate reviewer feedback. However, you should consider the poster that you submit now to be a final version, ready to be presented at a conference.

 

2.       A 500-word (maximum) summary of the research you will be presenting in .pdf or .doc format. 

The research summary should serve to enhance your poster by providing additional information which you might convey to the audience in conversation at a poster session. The information may provide elaboration or clarification on points raised in your poster.

Note: Any submission that exceeds 500 words will be disqualified automatically. In-text citations will count towards the word limit, but a reference list will not.

 

Judging Criteria & Process

There will be three rounds of judging. The judging criteria/rubrics are available to all SPSP members prior to submission.

Round 1: In the first round of judging, submissions are evaluated on criteria that are deemed critical for the successful composition and presentation of an academic poster (e.g., successful use of graphs and figures, clearly organized layout). All submissions will receive Round 1 feedback. Posters that score above the 50th percentile in Round 1 will move onto the second round of judging.

Round 2: In the second round of judging, the reviewers will provide an in-depth evaluation of both poster content and the accompanying research summary. Scores from this round will be used to select 40 poster finalists.

Round 3: In the third round of judging, the 40 final posters (exhibited at SPSP in the Student Poster Award Hall) will be evaluated by “secret judges”. In addition to the criteria mentioned above, scores in this round will be determined on the basis of how well authors present their posters in person (e.g., their ability to answer questions, guide viewers through the poster, and communicate the important elements of the research presented).

For more information about what to include within your poster and research summary, or for more details about the judging criteria, please reference the public judging rubrics.

Preparing Your Abstract File for Blind Review

Please name your document "SPAAbstract". Do not include any identifying information either in your abstract (e.g., name, affiliation) OR in the name of the file that you upload.

The application deadline is September 30, 2016, midnight in the last time zone on earth. 

If you have any questions, please e-mail us at spsp_gsc@spsp.org.

Eligibility

o be eligible for an award, applicants must:
  • Be the first author on a poster accepted to SPSP 2017.
  • Be a student member of SPSP at the time of application for the award. 
  • Be a full-time undergraduate student at the time of submission.
  • Be available to present their poster research at the first poster session as well as their originally designated session at the SPSP conference.
  • Present a poster that reflects the applicant's work, and not that of an advisor.
  • Work must NOT be in-press or already published

Application Process

If your first-authored poster has been accepted for the 2017 SPSP program and you meet the other criteria, you may apply for a Student Poster Award by uploading the following documents:

1.    A .pdf copy of the poster you intend to present at SPSP 2017.

Competitive posters will include each of the following sections (or sections equivalent to those) below:

a.    Background Information or Introduction

b.    Objectives, Hypotheses or Research Questions

c.    Methods or Procedures

d.    Results or Analyses

e.    Conclusions or Discussion

f.     Any in-text citation should be in APA format, a reference list is not required

NoteIf you are selected to present your poster at SPSP as a finalist, you will be allowed to make minor edits to your poster prior to the convention in order to incorporate reviewer feedback. However, you should consider the poster that you submit now to be a final version, ready to be presented at a conference.

 

2.       A 500-word (maximum) summary of the research you will be presenting in .pdf or .doc format. 

The research summary should serve to enhance your poster by providing additional information which you might convey to the audience in conversation at a poster session. The information may provide elaboration or clarification on points raised in your poster.

NoteAny submission that exceeds 500 words will be disqualified automatically. In-text citations will count towards the word limit, but a reference list will not.

Judging Criteria & Process

There will be three rounds of judging. The judging criteria/rubrics are available to all SPSP members prior to submission.

Round 1: In the first round of judging, submissions are evaluated on criteria that are deemed critical for the successful composition and presentation of an academic poster (e.g., successful use of graphs and figures, clearly organized layout). All submissions will receive Round 1 feedback. Posters that score above the 50th percentile in Round 1 will move onto the second round of judging.

Round 2: In the second round of judging, the reviewers will provide an in-depth evaluation of both poster content and the accompanying research summary. Scores from this round will be used to select 40 poster finalists.

Round 3: In the third round of judging, the 40 final posters (exhibited at SPSP in the Student Poster Award Hall) will be evaluated by “secret judges”. In addition to the criteria mentioned above, scores in this round will be determined on the basis of how well authors present their posters in person (e.g., their ability to answer questions, guide viewers through the poster, and communicate the important elements of the research presented).

For more information about what to include within your poster and research summary, or for more details about the judging criteria, please reference the public judging rubrics.


Preparing Your Abstract File for Blind Review

Please name your document "SPAAbstract". Do not include any identifying information either in your abstract (e.g., name, affiliation) OR in the name of the file that you upload.

The application deadline is September 30, 2016, midnight in the last time zone on earth. Late submissions will not be accepted.

If you have any questions, please e-mail us at spsp_gsc@spsp.org.

Award Eligibility
- Graduate student member of SPSP
- First author of a completed* research project within the field of social/personality psychology that is not currently published or in-press. *(Data collection/analysis must be completed)

Please note: Past winners of the Student Poster Award and Student Travel Award are eligible for this award. However, past winners of the Outstanding Research Award are NOT eligible.

Applications
Your application must include all of the following:

(1) Contact information (phone, mailing address, e-mail address), school affiliation, title of research, a list of 5 researchers you would like to meet if you are a winner, and 5 keywords that are relevant to your application. We will do our best to match the winner with one of the 5 individuals you name for a meeting at SPSP, although we cannot guarantee this.

(2) An abstract of 400 words or fewer summarizing the research. There is no minimum word limit for abstracts; however, we believe that abstracts that adequately describe the details of the research require at least 300 words.

(3) A Project Summary limited to 3 pages. The summary should include the purpose of the research, a brief introduction, methodology, results, and discussion/implications sections.
  • Introduction must include a clear, concise and completely justified statement of the hypotheses tested (if applicable) or the research questions
  • Discussion/implications should discuss the significant contribution of the work
  • The summary can include up to 2 tables or figures (i.e., 1 table/1 figure, 2 tables, or 2 figures) that are not counted toward the 3-page limit. References also do not count towards the 3-page limit.
Please note:
  • The summary may not exceed 3 double-spaced pages (excluding 2 tables/figures, and references).
  • Adhere to APA 6th edition format (i.e., 1-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced). Submissions that do not adhere to APA formatting will be automatically disqualified.
  • Do not put your name and school affiliation within the summary and abstract. However, be sure to include the title of your submission in the header of every page.
The application deadline is September 30, 2016, midnight in the last time zone on earth.
Ends on 9/17/2016
This award recognizes outstanding young researchers in personality and 
social psychology.  Awardees will receive a one-time award of $5000 to be used at their discretion for research, study, or conference travel-related purposes.  Five awards will be formally presented at the SPSP Annual Meeting in February to young scholars representative of the broad spectrum of personality and social psychology research areas.



Eligibility and Selection Criteria


* Candidates must be between 3 to 7 years into an academic faculty position (but not including post-doctoral training) by September
 of the year in which they apply. Previous winners may not apply.



* Candidates should have demonstrated exceptional individual achievements in 
social and/or personality psychology (broadly defined), conducting research
 that places them at the forefront of their peers. Criteria include 
innovation, creativity, and potential to make a significant impact on the 
field.



* Candidates must be current members of SPSP.

 

Application Requirements

Application packages consist of a 2-page research statement and current
 curriculum vita. The research statement should describe the candidate's 
current and future research plans, highlighting the work's creativity and
 potential impact on the field. Applicants should also include an additional statement (up to 200 words) 
regarding how the Sage Junior Scholar Award would encourage their
 development as a future leader of the field.

 No letters of recommendation will be considered. To be considered for an award, please complete the following form.


Selection Process

Award winners will be chosen by a subcommittee of the Board of the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc. For more information, please visit http://www.foundationpsp.org/sage.php.


To apply for the award, please sign into your Submittable account, or create a new account, below.


Applications should
 be received no later than Saturday, September 1, 2016. Contact Harry Reis at reis@psych.rochester.edu with any questions.