The Grant in Aid for Students MacArthur Award

Additional funding from the MacArthur Foundation to fund promising research in the area of criminal competence.

Deadline: ;

Sponsor: Div. 41


The AP-LS Student Grants-in-Aid (GIA) Committee is pleased to announce the availability of additional funding from the MacArthur Foundation to fund promising research in the area of criminal competence. Interested applicants may submit research proposals to the GIA Committee and follow the same timeline as regular GIA applications.

  1. Awards are limited to research proposals addressing questions of adjudicative competence in juveniles and adults. Both "seed money" for larger projects and "stand alone" projects are acceptable.
  2. Applicants may submit only one application per funding cycle, with preference afforded to those who have never been given the award previously. In rare circumstances, a second award may be given, but only if research using the previous award has been completed.
  3. As with AP-LS-GIA general funding, recipients must be current members of AP-LS and should submit documentation of prior IRB approval and relevant tax forms.
  4. Although the quality of the research should be the primary determining factor in granting awards, requested budget items must be clearly specified and appropriate. With only the rarest exceptions, travel expenses would ordinarily be excluded.
  5. The maximum for any individual award is set at $2,000.
  6. A rejection of a particular proposal by the subcommittee does not exclude its consideration for an AP-LS-GIA award of up to $750.
  7. If a student submits an application for AP-LS-GIA involving research on adjudicative competence, the chair — at his or her discretion and with the student's written permission — may forward the application for review by the subcommittee for additional funding.
How to Apply

Interested individuals should submit a short proposal (a maximum of 1,500, excluding references) in an electronic format (preferably Word or PDF) that includes the following:

  • A cover sheet indicating the title of the project, name, address, phone number and email address of the investigator.
  • An abstract of 100 words or less summarizing the project.
  • Purpose, theoretical rationale and significance of the project.
  • Procedures to be employed.
  • Specific amount requested, including a detailed budget.
  • References

If the application has previously received funding from the committee, their application also must include an abstract describing their completed research.

Budget items typically funded include (but are not limited to) payment of subjects, photocopying, purchase of testing materials, software not typically provided via universities and electronic media. The committee typically does not provide funds for computers (though peripherals may be funded), office supplies and furniture (e.g., file cabinets), mileage, paying research assistants and software or equipment typically available within universities. Conference and other travel costs are not funded.