Heritage Dissertation Research Award
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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. 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 celebrates 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. Learn more about the Heritage Fund and current honorees.

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.

Applicants will be required to submit the following to apply for the Heritage Dissertation Award:
  1. Background Information: First Name of Applicant, Last Name of Applicant, Name of University, Year of Entry into Program, Expected Date of Degree, Name of Ph.D. Advisor
  2. Abstract: 2 page abstract of dissertation proposal. Because priority will go to projects that are in the tradition of one of the Heritage Awardees, defined very broadly, your abstract should briefly indicate the name of the Heritage nominee that your work follows.
  3. Use of Funds: In one paragraph, please describe how you would use the funding if awarded.
  4. CV: A current CV
  5. Advisor Recommendation: A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s academic advisor is required to complete the application process. 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 forwarded for review. The letter writer will submit his/her letter on-line. In the online system, enter the email address of the individuals submitting your recommendation. Your professor will receive an email with a link to upload a recommendation letter. Be sure to have your referrer double check their spam folder to ensure the letter request is received. The letter must also verify the following:
    A. The applicant is in good standing in his or her program.
    B. The proposal has been approved by the applicant’s committee (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.

More information is available on our application website.

Award Decisions

Applications will be reviewed by the Board of the Foundation, including at least one personality and one social psychologist. Awards are typically announced in December.