Dissertation Research Grant in Developmental Psychology

The Dissertation Research Grant supports the dissertation research of an outstanding graduate student member of APA and Div. 7.


Sponsor: Division 7


Submissions accepted Jan. 1 – March 15.

Between one and three $500 grants are awarded each year. The in-progress research must significantly advance content knowledge, methodology and/or theory in developmental psychology. Criteria include the project’s importance, innovation, feasibility, funding needs and likely contribution to the field, as well as the applicant’s record.

Winners do not need to attend the APA convention to receive awards.


Eligible doctoral students are within one year of successfully defending their dissertation proposal (or the program’s equivalent requirement) at time of application for the dissertation grant. Applicant must be a member of the American Psychological Association and Div. 7, and the dissertation topic must be developmental. The dissertation proposal must have been approved by the dissertation/orals committee (or the equivalent, depending on the doctoral program requirements). Applicants must be nominated by their faculty supervisor. Awardees will submit a report at the end of their dissertation, describing the results and how the funds were used. Funds cannot be applied to conference travel.

How to Apply

Membership in APA’s Div. 7 is required to earn an award.

The annual deadline is March 15.

Applicants must be nominated by their faculty supervisor.

Applications should include:

  • A letter of recommendation from the faculty supervisor.
  • The student's CV.
  • A one-page budget with justification (e.g., why the funds are needed).
  • A one-page single-spaced research proposal outlining the research question, the rationale for the study, the methodology, the significance and the expected contribution to knowledge.

Please email materials to:

Roberta Golinkoff

Past Recipients

2021: Shira Segal
2020: Sarah Giff
2019: Kathy Vu and Lindsay Taraban
2018: Tonya Vandenbrink
2017: April Gile Thomas
2016: Jonni L. Johnson
2015: Jenallee Doom
2014: No award
2013: Gary Glick and Wendy Rote
2012: Sarah McKenney and Lindsey Wandrey

Last updated: September 2021Date created: April 2019