Board of
Foundation for
Heritage Dissertation Research Award
Apply for the Heritage Award
The Heritage Dissertation Research Awards program is a competition for dissertation research funding. The purpose of these awards is to assist doctoral students in personality and social psychology with research costs associated with their doctoral dissertations. In 2016 the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology intends to award 6 grants of $1,000 each. At least two grants will be in personality psychology and at least two grants will be in social psychology. The intent of the Foundation is to increase the number of awards in the future as additional funds become available.

The Heritage Initiative personality and social psychology's heritage by honoring some of the great teachers and scientists who have made major contributions to field. In doing so, the Initiative is aimed at ensuring the field’s future by assisting its next generation of scholars. The Heritage Dissertation Research Awards are the direct result of funds raised in honor of our fields’ luminaries. Applicants are asked to indicate in their applications to which of the Heritage honorees their work best links.

2016 Winners

2015 Winners

2014 Winners
  • Alyssa Croft, University of British Columbia
  • Patrick Forscher, University of Wisconsin
  • Nathan Hudson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  1. Applicants must be graduate students in personality and/or social psychology in good standing with their university. Applicants must be enrolled full-time (or working on their dissertation research for an equivalent of full-time enrollment regardless of actual registration status).
  2. Applicants must be student members of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology at the time they apply for the award.
  3. Applicants must have had their dissertation proposals approved by their dissertation committees prior to application.
  4. Each department may endorse no more than two (2) students per year for the Heritage Dissertation Research Award. If more than two students from a department wish to apply for these funds, the department should perform an initial screening and choose only two applications for submission.
  5. Applicants must not have previously received a Heritage Dissertation Research Award.
  6. The dissertation research may be in any area of social or personality psychology.

How to Apply
  1. All applications are submitted online and are due by October 15, 2016. Apply online.
  2. Please submit an abstract of the dissertation proposal, not more than two pages long, single-spaced (not including references), and up to one Table or Figure.
  3. Also submit a curriculum vitae listing scientific publications, presentations, research and teaching experience.
  4. Applicants should submit a separate paragraph describing how the funds will be used to support their research. Funds can be used for research-related expenses such as participant fees, equipment, research supplies, or specialized programming. Funds may NOT be used to buy a computer, overhead, administrative support, or conference travel.
  5. A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s academic advisor. Please note that this letter has a maximum length of (1) page, single-spaced. Please communicate to the faculty member who will write your recommendation letter the importance of adhering to this maximum page limit. In addition, please do not submit more than one letter of recommendation; only one will be considered in the review. The letter writer will submit his/her letter on-line and complete a checklist certifying the following information:

    A. the applicant is in good standing in his or her program.
    B. the proposal has been approved by the applicant’s committer (or the equivalent designation for the Ph.D. program).
    C. the date the student is expected to complete the dissertation.
    D. a statement indicating that the funds are needed to complete the research.

Award Decisions

Applications will be reviewed by the Board of the Foundation, including at least one personality and one social psychologist.

Awards will be announced no later than December 15, 2016.