Dissertation Awards

Deadline: November 19, 2021

The Education Advisory Committee (EAC) of the Division 40 Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (SCN) is pleased to announce the annual application for the EAC/SCN Dissertation Awards. These awards are designed to support the direct and ongoing research costs of doctoral students in Clinical or Counseling Psychology, who demonstrate an interest and commitment to research in clinical neuropsychology. Multiple Dissertation Awards will be awarded for a total of $2500 this year (divided among the funded studies) to support basic or applied projects relevant to the mission of the SCN. Notification to winners will be made on December 17, 2021, with funds available after January 1, 2022.


  • Graduate students in a full time, APA or CPA approved graduate program
  • Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply
  • Demonstrated research interest in clinical neuropsychology
  • SCN student membership (https://www.apa.org/about/division/div40)
  • Date of scheduled proposal defense or proof of proposal completion with an identified mentor/advisor
  • Agreement to present findings of the project at an APA meeting within 3 years of EAC Dissertation Award receipt
  • Agreement to participate in future SCN committees


  • A maximum request of $1250 can be requested to support direct research costs associated with the project to facilitate completion of the curriculum based research requirements (e.g., participants’ time, equipment purchases, software or books relevant to proposed research, and if available, supplement travel to present findings at annual APA conference)
  • Funds cannot be used for indirect costs (e.g., salary, non-SCN conference travel, personal computers, or course textbooks)
  • Release of funds are contingent on completion of successful proposal meeting and proof of IRB submission
  • Awardees will be required to submit annual reports detailing their progress on the project and a formal accounting of their use of the distributed funds
  • APA policy requires release of funds to the institution’s sponsored research department


  • Cover Page – 1-page limit and include: name, project title, graduate school and year, dissertation chair, and contact information for applicant and dissertation chair.
  • Project Description – 2-page limit (excluding references), APA format, 12-point font, one-inch margins. Include: brief background, significance, methods, projected date of proposal meeting, and project timeline.
  • Budget Justification – 1-page limit and include: an outline of expenses, purpose of funds for the project, and a brief statement of need. Additional sources of funding for the project, if any, must also be provided.
  • Personal Statement – 1-page limit and include: background information about the applicant’s research experience and interest/commitment to neuropsychology, why the applicant believes they should receive the award, significance of this specific project, future directions for this research, and applicant’s future career goals, including the advancement of culturally competent practice in neuropsychology.
  • Curriculum Vita – 2-page limit
  • Letters of Support – 2 letters, one from the applicant’s primary mentor and one from an additional research mentor, are to be emailed separately from the application to DIV40EAC@gmail.com by the deadline noted below.
  • Submission process – All other application materials are to be submitted in a single PDF file by the deadline noted below in the following order: Cover Page, Project Description, Budget Justification, Personal Statement and Curriculum Vita.
    • Send via email to: DIV40EAC@gmail.com; Address to: Pamela Dean, Ph.D., ABPPcn, SCN EAC Chair, and Alexander Tan, Ph.D., EAC Dissertation Award Subcommittee Chair


  • Qualification of applicant and commitment to neuropsychology
  • Quality, feasibility, and demonstrated need for support of the proposed project
  • Relevance of project to the mission of the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Innovation of the project (e.g., novel or refinement of existing theoretical concepts, approaches, methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions that advance culturally competent practice in neuropsychology)
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