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


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. 

Ends on January 1, 2018

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)

About the Program

  • To be considered for the program, you must be graduating in Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 and intending to apply to graduate school in social or personality psychology (Spring 2018 graduates with a graduation date before July 2018 are not eligible).
  • Applicants must be a member of an under-represented ethnic minority group (i.e., African American/Black, American Indian/Alaska Native, Latino/Hispanic/Chicano/Puerto Rican, Asian/Asian American.Pacific Islander, or Middle Eastern). 
  • Your complete application must be received by 11/10/17.
  • If you are selected for the internship, you will receive a summer stipend of $3,000 to support your housing and living expenses. 
  • You will also receive up to $500 to support your travel to and from the mentor’s location.     
  • If you are selected for the internship and are not a current SPSP student member, you will need to join SPSP to participate.    

Finding a Mentor

Prior to completing your application, please review the list of participating faculty mentors. A list of faculty members and descriptions of their research programs are listed on our website.

Applicants will need to identify up to five potential mentors from the list of faculty mentors as part of the application. Feel free to reach out to potential mentors on this list to ask about their current research projects and whether they anticipate having room in their labs this coming summer.

Application Requirements

  • A completed application form
  • A statement describing your general research interests and academic career goals (1000 word maximum)
  • An uploaded copy of your resume/CV
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member at your home institution who can speak to your academic achievements, work habits, and potential for success in the internship Your letter writer will be able to upload his or her letter for you to the website once you complete the application form

Applications will be reviewed by the SPUR Committee. Successful applicants will be matched with a mentor. The accepted intern and his or her mentor will be notified of acceptance into SPUR in the winter.

Accepted interns should contact their mentors as soon as possible to discuss a plan for the internship and for information regarding local housing resources, apartment locators, and/or relevant university services pertaining to student housing. Accepted interns will be asked to provide brief research and housing plan prior to beginning their internship.

If you have questions concerning the application process, please e-mail spur@spsp.org.



Ends on November 15, 2017

Eligibility

To be eligible for an award, applicants must:
• Be the first author on a poster accepted to SPSP 2018.
• 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 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.
• Past winners of the Student Poster Award are NOT eligible. 

Application Process

If your first-authored poster has been accepted for the 2018 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 2018.

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 provide an overview of the research and offer information that enhances your poster. This may include more detailed explanations of related literature and how the research question was formed, any secondary analyses and results, or information the presenter might convey in conversations with an audience at their poster presentation.

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. Rubrics are posted below for each round.

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” (typically faculty members). 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 for Round 1, Round 2, and Round 3.


Preparing Your Abstract File for Blind Review

Please name your research summary file "SPAAbstract" and name your poster file “SPAPoster”. Remove all identifying information (e.g., names, affiliations) from your research summary, poster, AND file names before uploading your submission.
The application deadline is October 30, 2017, 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.