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APAGS/Psi Chi Junior Scientist Fellowship Grants
What is it?

Twelve $1,000 fellowships are available. The intent of the Junior Scientist Fellowships two-fold: to provide funding or first- or second- year graduate level projects and to provide constructive feedback to select applicants to increase chances of achieving success on a future National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship application.

How does it work?

  • Students apply through the APA site.
  • Funds can be used for direct research costs such as pay participants, purchase essential equipment or software, acquire books or instruction manuals critical to one's line of research, pay fees to publish at open-access journals, or for any other direct research cost
  • The funds can be used for any direct research costs in a student's first year (or second year, if submitting in the summer prior to one's first year) of graduate school and do not need to be limited to the research discussed in the research essay.

Who should apply?

  • Graduate students who are members of both Psi Chi and the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS). This means that students entering their first year of graduate school must have joined Psi Chi as an undergraduate; students entering their second year of graduate school may have joined as undergraduates or during their second semester of graduate school.
  • This grant is available only to students who are entering their first year, or the first semester of their second year, of a research-oriented masters or doctoral program in fall 2015. Students that have completed more than 12 months in a graduate program are not eligible. 

What is APAGS?

The American Psychological Association of Graduate Students is a part of the APA. The group aspires to "achieve the highest quality graduate training experience for the next generation of … leaders in psychology.”


Nicole Jardine
University of Iowa
2012–13 winner

"Writing can be very difficult, but it becomes much easier when you know what you want to say. To hone this, grab a friend and, in 2 to 3 minutes, verbalize your proposal’s theoretical background, hypotheses, methods, and—critically—how you will interpret possible findings from your work in the larger context of these theoretical issues. (Bonus: then you get feedback before you’ve even started writing!) Then start your draft or outline. You may be surprised at how much more easily your ideas flow.”





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