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Call for Applications:
2012-2013 Diversity in Psychology and Law
Sponsored by the Minority Affairs Committee
Description of the Award
The purpose of the Diversity in Psychology and
Law Research Awards is to promote diversity
within the American Psychology-Law Society by
supporting student research on psycholegal
issues related to diversity as well as research
by students from underrepresented groups.
Projects are eligible for consideration for this
award if 1) they investigate topics related to
psychology, law, diversity, and/or
multiculturalism (i.e., research pertaining to
psycholegal issues on race, gender, culture,
sexual orientation, etc.) or 2) if the principal
investigator is a member of an underrepresented
group, including racial and ethnic minorities,
first-generation college students, LGBT
individuals, and physically disabled students.
Consistent with the mission of the Minority
Affairs Committee (MAC), these awards are
intended to facilitate the research of
individuals from groups that are
underrepresented in AP-LS, as well as research
about issues of potential interest and
importance to such groups. Note that the purpose
of the award is to fund a research program, and
should not be used primarily for conference
Up to four mini-grants in the amount of $1000.00
will be awarded, with an option to divide some
awards into two $500.00 mini-grants.
Eligibility for Awards
Students who are current student members of
AP-LS may apply. Both graduate and
undergraduate students are eligible, and
students from underrepresented groups are
strongly encouraged to apply. Underrepresented
groups include but are not limited to racial and
ethnic minorities, first-generation college
students, LGBT individuals, and physically
disabled students. The proposed research must
primarily be the original work of the student
applicant. In their proposal, students should
describe any relationship between the proposed
project and their advisors’ research, as well as
any other funding for the project (student or
advisor). Applicants should request funding
only for expenses not covered by their own or
advisors’ existing funding. Note that applicants
will only be eligible to receive one MAC award
per funding year.
Applications will be awarded on a competitive basis and selected
based on the quality of the proposed research, the impact of the project
for promoting diversity and multiculturalism in psychology and law, and
the ability for the project to be completed within one year of the
project start date. All proposals will be reviewed by members of the
Minority Affairs Committee.
Award applications should
contain the following:
cover letter on letterhead which provides all
contact information and specifies how the
project is eligible for this award.
2. A 5-page minimum and 10-page maximum
(double-spaced; not including references)
project description. Project descriptions need
to contain the following information:
Specific Aims: A clear, concise statement
of the research problem and the relevance of
the project to the mission of the award.
Applicants should describe the specific
objectives to be accomplished during the
and Significance: An overview of relevant
empirical literature related to the project.
Applicants should discuss the project’s likely
impact on the overall field of psychology and
law, as well as with respect to understanding
and promoting diversity and/or multiculturalism.
They also should address how this award will
benefit the research, including its potential to
generate ongoing future research.
Project Design: A detailed description of the
expected course of the project including
detailed information related to methodology
(e.g., participants, procedures, measures) and
Budget: A detailed
project budget with expected dollar amounts
for expenses, and justification of those
expenses. Applicants should note that this
award should not be used primarily for
3. A curriculum vitae for the applicant
4. A letter of support from the applicant’s
research advisor discussing the applicant’s
ability to complete the project and his or her
willing to supervise the research. If the
applicant’s proposal is related to the advisor’s
research, the letter should discuss how the
project reflects the student’s original work.
5. A completed W-9 (U.S. citizen) or W-8
(non-U.S. citizen) tax form.
6. A copy of the IRB approval letter for the
Award recipients will need to maintain financial receipts for all
project expenses. They also are required to submit a project
summary to the MAC Chair within one month of the project completion
Instructions and Deadline
Proposals for this award must be submitted
electronically in either Microsoft Word or PDF
format to MAC Co-Chair, Diane Sivasubramaniam (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Letters of support should be sent as separate
attachments, either by the student or directly
by the advisor. The deadline for submitting
proposals is Friday, November 16, 2012.
Please direct all inquiries about the Diversity in Psychology and
Law Research Award and/or specific projects to Diane Sivasubramaniam (email@example.com).