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APF Kenneth B. and Mamie P. Clark Grant


APF Kenneth B. and Mamie P. Clark Grant

About the American Psychological Foundation (APF)

APF provides financial support for innovative research and programs that enhance the power of psychology to elevate the human condition and advance human potential both now and in generations to come.

Since 1953, APF has supported a broad range of scholarships and grants for students and early career psychologists as well as research and program grants that use psychology to improve people’s lives.

APF encourages applications from individuals who represent diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation.

About the Kenneth B. and Mamie P. Clark Grant

  • The Kenneth B. and Mamie P. Clark Fund supports research and demonstration activities that promote the understanding of the relationship between self-identity and academic achievement with an emphasis on children in grade levels K-8. This grant will alternate every other year between an early career psychologist and a graduate student. The 2014 grant will support an early career psychologist (no more than 7 years post-doctoral).
  • Familiarity with the Clarks’ work is essential:
    • Markowitz, G. & Rosner, D. (1996). Children, Race, and Power: Kenneth and Mamie Clark’s Northside Center. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia.
    • Kenneth Bancroft Clark, Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Washington, D.C.
    • Mamie Phipps Clark, Manuscripts Division, New York Public Library, New York.

Program Goals

The Kenneth B. and Mamie P. Clark Grant

  • Stimulates and continues the line of inquiry that Kenneth and Mamie Clark pioneered regarding the impact of race and power on the personal and psychological development of children in the United States.
  • Encourages early career psychologists to implement research that builds upon the early professional work of Kenneth and Mamie Clark by addressing some of the unanswered questions raised by the Clark’s early investigations.

Funding Specifics

One $10,000 grant

APF does not allow institutional indirect costs or overhead costs. Applicants may use grant monies for direct administrative costs of their proposed project.

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated on:

  • Conformance with stated program goals and qualifications
  • Quality and potential impact of proposed work
  • Originality, innovation and contribution to the field with proposed project
  • Applicant’s demonstrated competence and capability to execute the proposed work

Proposal Requirements

  • Detailed proposal that makes a case for the need to be addressed; describes the proposed project, methodology and the applicant’s qualifications; and includes a detailed budget and justification
  • Current CV
  • Two letters of support

Submission Process and Deadline:

Submit a completed application online at http://forms.apa.org/apf/grants/ by November 15, 2014.

Please be advised that APF does not provide feedback to applicants on their proposals.

Questions about this program should be directed to Samantha Edington, Program Officer, at sedington@apa.org.