Mentoring Student Travel Award

Supports graduate student engagement with LGBTQ psychology by defraying travel costs to the APA Annual Convention.


Sponsor: Division 44


Through this award, the Committee on Mentoring also hopes to encourage LGBTQ graduate student participation in the Div. 44 annual convention activities (e.g., the Mentoring Roundtable and other programming in the Div. 44 Hospitality Suite, student pizza party and division social hours). One student travel award in the amount of $250 will be granted.


Graduate students who are eligible to apply: 

  • Self-identify as LGBTQ.
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to LGBTQ issues.
  • Plan to attend the APA Annual Convention.
  • Will be enrolled as graduate students at the time of the APA Annual Convention.
LGBTQ students who are presenting research at the convention are especially encouraged to apply, though all applications will be considered.
How to Apply

Annual deadline: March 30

Submit all materials listed below in a single PDF file electronically via email.

Required materials include:

  • Personal statement — Please submit a personal statement (500 words or less) that addresses each of the following questions:
    • In what ways does your graduate program benefit from your self-identification and involvement as an LGBTQ person? How does APA benefit from your participation in professional activities as an LGBTQ person?
    • What unique challenges might LGBTQ graduate students face that may hinder participation in APA?
    • How would your attendance at the APA Annual Convention further your career goals?
    • Are you presenting research at the APA Annual Convention? If so, will it contribute to the body of knowledge regarding LGBTQ issues in psychology? If so, please explain such contributions.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Letter of recommendation (only one) — Please have a faculty member electronically submit a letter in support of you receiving the Div. 44 Committee on Mentoring Student Travel Award to the Committee co-chairs. Faculty members are asked to address the applicant's commitment to LGBTQ issues in academic and other domains and confirm that they are a current graduate student in psychology.
  • Application form (PDF, 227KB).

All inquiries about the award may be directed to Committee Co-Chairs V. Paul Poteat and Kate Kominars.

Past Recipients


Mirella J. Flores, MA


Elliott N. DeVore, MEd


Colton Brown, MS and Carmen Raina Abagail Lalonde, MA, MS

Last updated: December 2020Date created: March 2015