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Purpose of Dissertation Grant Awards

The purpose of the Society of School Psychology Dissertation Grant Awards is to promote excellence in research training in school psychology, thereby enhancing the capability of students to pursue a productive research career that advances the science of school psychology.  Although not all quality proposals submitted can be funded, each student will receive feedback intended to contribute to the student’s enthusiasm for and competence in research.


Doctoral students who are matriculated in school psychology programs in the United States or Canada are eligible.  In addition, doctoral students who are in a combined program are eligible, contingent on evidence from an advisor that the student’s emphasis is clearly in school psychology and not other aspects of the combined program.  Evidence of a student’s emphasis in school psychology is likely to include an advisor’s statement that the student is enrolled in the school psychology “track,” inclusion on the dissertation committee of faculty whose primary appointment is in school psychology, the student’s membership in school psychology professional organizations, and the student’s or advisor’s record of publications in school psychology journals. Finally, doctoral students who are mentored by a member of SSSP are also eligible.

Size of Award

Up to four high quality proposals per year, with a cap of $5,000 per award, will be funded.  It is anticipated that there will be a spring and a fall funding cycle.  This RFA is for the Fall funding cycle. Applicants whose initial submission is not funded may resubmit for a subsequent funding cycle only once. The awarded funds cannot be used for travel outside the scope of the research plan or payments to the applicant. The awards cannot be used for indirect cost reimbursement.

Those interested in learning more—including application instructions—may do so at the full call, here.