Student Research Award

Award of up to $500 for graduate or undergraduate research on the psychology of religion and spirituality.


Sponsor: Division 36


This awards program is intended to support and stimulate research by graduate and undergraduate students on the psychology of religion and spirituality. Toward that end, this program may award up to six research awards in amounts up to $500 per award.


Students who are currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate may apply for an award to support a current or future project; this could take the form of master's thesis or doctoral dissertation research, or an undergraduate independent study or honors thesis.

At least one award will be made available for undergraduate students. It is hoped that recipients of awards will present their work in Div. 36 programming at a future conference, such as APA or the Division 36 Midyear Conference. Funds are available for direct research costs and will not be awarded for conference travel costs.

How to Apply

Annual deadline: June 10

To apply, students should submit the following by June 10, annually:

  • The project's title
  • A proposal of three to five pages, describing the research project, with a description of the project, including a brief literature review that makes clear the research questions being addressed and/or hypotheses being tested, a method section describing the specific population and procedures used in the research, a results section describing the proposed analytic approach and a discussion section summarizing the scientific importance of the research. 

  • A proposed project budget with an itemized indication that explains in detail how the requested funds would be used in the research.

  • A current CV.

  • A letter of support from the student's mentor/supervisor.

  • The applicant's contact information, including a mailing address, email address and phone number.

The student applicant should send all materials by email attachment to the Division 36 president, by June 10, annually. Send questions and inquiries to the same address.

Proposals will be reviewed by a committee and award announcements will be made annually in early August, at or after the division's business meeting at the annual APA Annual Convention. Applicants will be notified by email.

Past Recipients
  • Allon Vishkin
    Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    “Does the Belief that People are Fashioned in God’s Image Promote Humanistic Values?”

  • Lauren M. Carney
    University of Connecticut
    “Religion, Spirituality and Chronic Pain: A Longitudinal Study”

  • Elizabeth G. Ruffing
    Danielsen Institute at Boston University
    “Moderators of Distress for Women Whose Male Partners Use Pornography: A Relational Spirituality Framework”

  • Brandon Hoeflein
    Palo Alto University
    “Religion, Spirituality and Mental Health”

  • Muqaddas Sarwar
    Texas Tech University
    “Examining the Associations Between Perceived Discrimination and Psychological Distress in a Muslim American Sample”

Last updated: May 2022Date created: August 2014