Professional Development Grants
Early Career Psychologists face unique challenges in establishing careers in both research and practice in psychology and can often benefit from funds to further their professional advancement - whether that is seed money for a research project, money to cover the cost of a clinical workshop or licensure preparation fees, or money to establish a consultative service.
The diversity of the Society for Military Psychology is consistently highlighted as one of its strengths. In order to recognize that diversity, beginning in 2018, the Society has established the first "Professional Development" grants to assist ECPs in furthering their career goals. These grants are competitively selected and are intentionally designed to cover a wide range of professional activities. Awardees will be expected to attend the APA convention to interact with Society leadership and share the impact of these grants on their career development.
Grants will be awarded in two distinct categories - "Research" and "Applied." Research grants should include proposals for funds up to $2500. Indirect costs are not allowed. Applied grants should include proposals that further the professional development of the individual - whether through books, conference attendance, workshop, licensure preparation, consulting fees, or any other reasonable professional activity up to $1250. Up to five (5) grants will be awarded this cycle for a total of $7500 in awarded funds.
As above, grant recipients are expected to attend the APA Convention in the year of their award to share their work with division leadership. Awardees may use up to $750 of their award to defray the cost of conference attendance. Applicants must be members of the Society for Military Psychology (either as Members or Professional Affiliates) and within 10 years of receipt of their doctoral degree by the application deadline (1 May 2019).
All applications can be submitted via the online Application Form and must include:
1. Professional Development Proposal (two page maximum)
- For research applications, this should include a brief summary of the research gap, specific aim(s) of the study, proposed methodology, potential implications and future directions, and a timeline for the study. Projects that are feasible to implement rapidly (e.g., 12-24 months) and are likely to support preliminary data gathering for future grant submissions will be positively viewed. The applicant should also address the status and timeline of institutional approval (not required prior to submission but expected prior to disbursement of funds) and include a statement on the ethical conduct of research.
- For applied applications, this should include information on how these funds will be utilized (e.g., licensure/board certification fees, conference/workshop attendance, books/journal subscriptions) and the relevance to military psychology and to the individual’s professional development. Projects that support the role of ethics in military psychology are a high priority area for this grant funding cycle.
3. Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae (two page maximum)
4. A statement on how this professional development will support the individual’s plan for engagement and participation within Division 19 (one page maximum)
Questions should be directed to militarypsychECP@gmail.com.
Ashley DeMarco, Ph.D. (Applied)
Wyatt Evans, Ph.D. (Applied)
Jessica Ford, Ph.D. (Research)
An outline of the previous awards made under the ECP Professional Development Grant can be found here.