Foundation Awards & Grants

Thanks to the generosity and support of our donors, the NJPA Foundation is able to continue providing grants that support the training of graduate students who focus on the undeserved residents in New Jersey. Without financial assistance, the Foundation would be unable to continue to fulfill its mission, “promoting the psychological health of the diverse people of New Jersey.” Here’s what your generous support enables us to do:

NEW! Dissertation Grants:  Starting in 2019, the NJPA Foundation will offer NJPA Foundation Dissertation Grants to doctoral level graduate psychology students, enrolled in a New Jersey doctoral level psychology program. To be a candidate for this grant, a qualified graduate student must have one of the following two areas of study/exploration as the focus of her/his doctoral dissertation: 

1) The Impact of School Violence on the Victims and on Society 
2) The Traumatic Impact of Separating Children from Families on the Victims and on Society 

The NJPA Foundation Board of Trustees may award up to $10,000 per grant recipient, per grant. The dissertation grant applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  If approved, the NJPA Foundation will develop an individual grant distribution schedule, per grant recipient.  Read more...

Apply for the Dissertation Grant

Community Service Project Grants: The NJPA Foundation identifies exemplary programs that provide psychological services to those who cannot afford it and trains doctoral students to work with these underserved populations. We invite applications from programs across the state of New Jersey, with the goal of identifying and supporting model programs from each county.  Read more about the programs we are currently funding.

Apply for the Community Service Project Grant

Graduate Student-Initiated Research Awards: A fundamental component of the New Jersey Psychological Association Foundation’s mission is to support the training of graduate students. One way they meet this goal is by providing funding for student-initiated research and projects addressing psychological issues that have significant impact on community health. Through the generosity of individual contributions, we are able to offer four awards and scholarships for innovative family, school, and community projects:

•  The John M. Lagos Award for Research Into Causes and/or Treatment of Social Problems ($2,000).  Some possible topics include school issues, work problems, health issues, and aggression.

•  The NJPA Foundation Scholarship for Research on Diversity Issues ($2,000):  Awarded to a graduate student in psychology who advances the following goals: (a) promote scientific understanding of the role of diversity in psychology; (b) foster the development of sensitive models for delivery of psychological services to diverse populations.  Some possible topics include issues related to cultural or ethnic issues, socioeconomic issues, gender issues, or work with underserved populations.

•  The Dr. Zellig Bach Award for the Study of the Family ($1,000).  Awarded for the study of behavior related to divorce, teenage pregnancy, adoption, single parents with dependent children, interpersonal abuse, substance abuse, custody, dual careers, childcare, etc.

•  The Winifred Starbuck Scott Award ($1,000).  Awarded to a graduate student in school psychology for completing a distinuished project, usually during internship.

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Apply for the Graduate Student-Initiated Research Awards

Student Conference Participation Grants: This grant promotes supplemental training and education experiences in professional practice and research, with an emphasis on treating underserved populations. Attending conferences, workshops, seminars, and other scientific sessions are an essential part of the learning experience for psychology graduate students. Sessions provide an educational experience that allows students to observe and/or practice how didactic lessons can be applied to real-world treatment. Underserved populations might include, but are not limited to:

• Immigrants and refugees
• Inner-city students
• Minorities
• Children with autism spectrum disorders
• Elderly in need

Grant amount: Up to but not to exceed $300.00 for conference/workshop related expenses (travel, housing,registration). Awarded amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis. Under certain circumstances, grant amounts may be increased with approval from the board.  A limited number of awards are available per year. Previous recipients are eligible, but priority will be given to first time applicantsApplicants are encouraged to apply well in advance of the conference, workshop, or other sessions. Decisions on applications received will be made at Foundation Board meetings, held quarterly.  Deadlines for applications are one (1) week prior to Board meetings; applicants will be notified of decisions by the following Friday.  Contact the NJPA Foundation at [email protected] for the Board meeting schedule.

Apply for the Student Conference Participation Grants


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