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Dr. Mitch Prinstein's Resource page tips on succeeding in grad school, applying for internship, grants, and a link to his free e-book, The Portable Mentor, and a link to Stephen Lindsay’s guide for folks who want an academic career.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

APA Guide to Finding a Postdoc

Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies - Grad student guides to grants, internship, post-doc, etc.

Dissertation Grants and Fellowships for Graduate Students

 External Funding Opportunities

  • APF Graduate Student Scholarships APF awards 21 annual scholarships $2,000 to $5,000 general scholarships for graduate students in psychology. Deadline annually around June 30th

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  • Search Grants, Awards and Funding through APA’s site

Find research funding, scholarships, honors and awards from APA and other psychology-related organizations, including federal funding.

  • APA Early Graduate Student Researcher Award
    This award program recognizes students for conducting outstanding research early in their graduate training. For EARLY graduate students (first two years) although preference may be given to students who have completed their second year of doctoral studies. It focuses on both the student’s general research experience and specific completed research projects. The funds may be used for direct research expenses (e.g., computer time, animal care, equipment, participant fees and incentives), software and/or conference travel. Awards of $1,000. Deadline is mid-September for application.


  • APA dissertation awards - The Science Directorate of the American Psychological Association sponsors an annual competition for dissertation research funding. The purpose of the Dissertation Research Award program is to assist science-oriented doctoral students of psychology with research costs. Includes 30-40 grants of $1,000 each, some larger grants of up to $5,000 to students whose dissertation research reflects excellence in scientific psychology.


  • APA Minority Fellowship Program Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (MHSAS) Predoctoral Fellowship Federally funded program to support doctoral training in psychology that seeks to: (1) Promote culturally competent behavioral health services and policy for ethnic minority populations. (2) Increase the number of ethnic minority psychologists providing behavioral health services and developing policy for ethnic minority populations. Deadline is annually on Jan. 15.


  • Psychological Science Research Grant sponsored by APAGS - $1000 support for graduate students conducting psychological science research studies, with additional funding reserved specifically for diversity-focused research. Deadline annually around December 5th. Graduate students in all fields of psychology and neuroscience, and who are APAGS members are eligible to apply. Funds may support direct costs related to the proposed research (e.g., participant payment, software purchases) and may be used for thesis, dissertation or other research.


  • Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA Div 27) awards for Master’s and Doctoral Thesis projects Awardees receive $1,000.00 and runner-up receives $500.00. Check website for most current information and deadlines.

Previous GW recipients: Jenny Marceron, Meagan Ryan


Supports scientific research in social problem areas related to the basic interests and goals of SPSSI and particularly those that are not likely to receive support from traditional sources. Encourages proposals involving (a) unique and timely research opportunities, (b) underrepresented institutions, graduate students, and junior scholars, (c) volunteer research teams, and (d) actual, not pilot, projects. Funding up to $1000 is available for graduate student research (strong preference for dissertation projects). Awarded twice each year – deadline for the Spring round is May 15th (winners announced by July 20th); Deadline for the Fall round is October 15th (winners announced by December 15th).

Previous GW Recipients: Jenny Marceron, Meagan Ryan

  • SPSSI Small Scale Events Advancing SPSSI (SEAS) Grants
    Small Scale Events Advancing SPSSI (SEAS) Grants are intended to promote awareness of SPSSI, to identify potential new members, and to promote SPSSI membership through the support of small-scale events, initiatives or meetings sponsored by current members of SPSSI. For complete information, eligibility and application instructions please visit the SEAS grant page. Deadline: is at the end of September.


  • Clara Mayo Grants ProgramThe Clara Mayo Grants Program is meant to support masters' theses or pre-dissertation research on aspects of racism, sexism, or prejudice. Up to six grants are awarded each cycle, in which the most amount of funding awarded is $1,000. For complete information, eligibility and application instructions please visit the Clara Mayo Grants Program page. Deadline for fall cycle is early October.



  • NIH F31 The purpose of this fellowship program is to enhance the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the research training of predoctoral students from population groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research workforce. The proposed mentored research training is expected to clearly enhance the individual's potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientist.

Previous GW Recipients: Mia Khera, Chris Nettles

Although not technically fellowships, these grants support dissertation research costs of students in accredited research doctoral programs in the United States (including Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories or possessions).

Previous GW Recipients: Sammy Dhaliwal

  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship . These dissertation fellowships provide one year of support for individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. The Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship is intended to support the final year of writing and defense of the dissertation.

The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Previous GW Recipients: Farzana Saleem (Honorable mention), Samia Ortiz-Hernandez

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) - intended to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. Deadline is annually in October.


  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program: - The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed Academic Study, Research and Arts Projects and English Teaching Assistant Programs. Grants typically last for nine months and are available in over 140 countries. Graduate students and graduate student alumni* should contact Eileen Lavelle, Assistant Director at the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships ( The deadline for affiliated GWU applicants is typically in mid-September.


  • NIH Summer Internship Internships cover a minimum of eight weeks, with students generally arriving at the NIH in May or June. The NIH Institutes and the Office of Intramural Training & Education sponsor a wide range of summer activities including lectures featuring distinguished NIH investigators, career/professional development workshops, and Summer Poster Day. The application for summer 2019 will be available in mid-November.

Previous GW recipients: Lauren Fowler was awarded

Psi Chi List of Various Graduate Awards and Grants

  • Routh Dissertation Grant (The Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology) -  The Routh Dissertation Grant provides support for student research that shows promise to add significantly to the research literature in the area of clinical child and adolescent psychology. Up to four $2,500 grants will be awarded annually. Student must have a dissertation project that has been approved by their advisor and their program faculty at the time of submission of the application.  Applicant must be a student member of SCCAP and enrolled in an APA- or CPA-approved doctoral program at the time of application.  January 15 Deadline (annoucement in May).

 Internal Funding through GW

Psychology Department

  • Richard Walk Dissertation Awards - named for a prominent developmental psychologist who was on the faculty here, to help our doctoral students complete their dissertation research. Funding (up to $1000) will be awarded on a rolling basis (i.e., when you need it, apply) and can be used for such expenses as participant incentives, travel to a data collection site, programmer time, specialized software, materials, animal care, etc.). You are eligible to apply when you have a committee-approved dissertation proposal, know specifically what you need money for, and are IRB-approved or otherwise ready to use it. Application requires a 2-3 page double-spaced abstract of your dissertation proposal conveying rationale for the project, main research questions or hypotheses, and proposed research design, sample, and methodology. Applications will accepted on a rolling basis.


  • CCAS Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship (DCF)

Each DCF includes a stipend equivalent to the normal GA salary and stipend in the respective department for one or two semesters (typically $11,750 per semester), as well as an award of required candidacy tuition for the period of the fellowship.  Fellows whose tuition is covered by external funds receive instead a research fund of $500.  Four to eight fellowships were awarded for AY2018-19. Applicants must be in candidacy (“ABD”) which, in most programs, entails all required coursework completed, qualifying examination passed, and dissertation proposal approved. Deadline is mid-late February.


5 to 15 fellowships of $3,000. Support for advanced GW doctoral students in the summer so that they can make progress on their dissertations (writing, research, etc.). (Conference travel costs not covered.)  Must have topic and plan formally approved by dissertation committee by the deadline. Students must be at the end in their final year. (Exception: PhD candidates in Clinical Psychology who have completed coursework and dissertation work in the upcoming summer, but will be completing the required pre-doctoral internship and graduating the next summer.) Students working in a benefited position at GW are not eligible. Deadline is in early April (notifications of award sent out mid-May.)

Previous GW Recipients: Brianne Molloy, Meagan Ryan

International Students

Fellowship/Grant opportunities for international students and non U.S. cititzens can be more limited. You should check the eligibility requirements of the above opportunities to see if you are eligible. For example, some of the APA dissertation fellowships are open for international students. Some additional opportunities are listed below:



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