Student Conference Participation Grant

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. The NJPA Foundation Student Conference Participation Grant helps offset some of the costs associated with attending conferences, workshops, and other psychological sessions (including webinars) emphasizing the treatment of underserved populations. Underserved populations might include, but are not limited to:

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

*Please note that due to a reduction in capital reserves, the Foundation has made the difficult decision to reduce the number of grants awarded to fund programs and to support students. This includes having to put Student Conference Participation Grant applications on temporary hiatus.

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. 

Applicants 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. Please contact Jennifer for the updated Foundation meeting schedule. Deadlines for applications are one (1) week prior to Board meetings; applicants will be notified of decisions by the following Friday. NJPA Foundation grants/awards requirements and criteria are subject to change each year.

Eligibility Requirements

All candidates must be:

  • Enrolled at least half-time in a New Jersey accredited graduate psychology program in good academic standing. Previous recipients are eligible but priority will be given to first time applicants.  NO applicant shall receive more than one grant per year.
  • Non-NJPA member grant applicants are encouraged to join the New Jersey Psychological Association. Member benefits and the membership application are available on the NJPA website at www.psychologynj.org/join-today-

Required Materials Checklist

1.  Student Conference Participation Grant application

2.  Cover letter (500-word maximum) detailing student’s interest in attending a conference, workshop, or other psychological training/educational experience that emphasizes serving underserved populations. Cover letter should answer the following questions:

  • What conference/session the student is planning to attend and its description? What are the dates?
  • How would the experience contribute to their professional development?
  • What emphasis is there on underserved populations?
  • What are the anticipated travel/participation costs?
  • Have they received NJPA Foundation funding in the past?

3.  Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume

Expectations for Grant Recipients

In order to promote professional development in the area of treating and/or researching underserved populations, grant recipients must agree to:

  1. Attend or participate in at least one program of their choice (i.e., workshop, symposium, scientific session, or webinar), pursuant to pre-approval by the NJPA Foundation.
  2. Participate in pre- and/or post-program email communication with an appointed NJPAGS or NJPA staff member.
  3. Cover personal travel-related expenses up front as this grant is for reimbursement only. Advances cannot be given.
  4. Complete and submit the Expense Worksheet, along with a copy of receipts within two (2) weeks post-event to receive reimbursement. Instructions on how to submit your expense are provided in the Expense Worksheet

2022 Student Conference Participation Grant Recipient:

NJPA graduate student member, Emily Kline, MA, is a PhD Candidate in Clinical Psychology at Montclair State University and a member of NJPAGS. Emily recently received a 2022 NJPA Foundation Student Conference Participation Grant toward attending the 2022 Association for Psychological Science (APS) Annual Convention in Chicago, Illinois, May 27 - 29, 2022. Convention themes included Advances in Understanding Bias: A Focus on the Individual as Deeply Embedded in Macro Social Contexts, and Social Justice and Equity: Impacts on Health. In addition to attending the convention, Emily also presented a first-author symposium at the conference on the Chronic Impact of COVID-19 Disruptions on College Students’ Psychological, Academic, and Financial Well-Being. Her talk elaborated on the disparities in outcomes between racial/ethnic groups and proposed interventions for minoritized populations. Read Emily's presentation summary here.

"I am honored to receive the Student Conference Participation Grant, which has greatly reduced the financial burden of attending the 2022 Association for Psychological Science (APS) Annual Convention in Chicago, Illinois. As a Ph.D. student with a limited stipend, it is often difficult to afford the costs of registration, travel, and lodging when attending national conferences. Nevertheless, disseminating our research through conference presentations and publications is an essential part of our training as scholar-practitioners. Presenting at the APS Convention allowed me the extraordinary opportunity to share my original research findings and connect with psychology professionals from across the world. Furthermore, I attended talks on scalable psychological interventions, which will ultimately inform my dissertation project on digital mental health interventions. I also particularly enjoyed a talk on antiracist pedagogy, which introduced equitable teaching practices aimed at dismantling systemic racism, supporting students of color, and promoting advocacy in the classroom. Having received this grant, I will also have the budget to attend more conferences this year, such as the ABCT Convention in November. I sincerely thank the Foundation Board of Trustees for supporting the dissemination of my research on minoritized populations, as well as supporting my professional development as a graduate-level researcher and clinician."

-- Emily Kline, PhD Candidate in Clinical Psychology at Montclair State University