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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 Randy Gerson Memorial Fund
The Randy Gerson Memorial Fund awards grants for graduate student projects in family and/or couple dynamics, and/or multi-generational processes. Work that advances theory, assessment, or clinical practice in these areas is eligible. Preference will be given to projects using or contributing to the development of Bowen family systems. Priority will also be given to those projects that serve to advance Dr. Gerson’s work.

Program Goals
Advance systemic understanding in the above topic areas through empirical, methodological, or theoretical contribution
Encourage talented students toward careers in specified areas

One $6,000 annual grant

For grants and scholarships that are $10,000 or more, APF will make the award to your institution. APF does not allow institutional indirect costs or overhead costs. Applicants may use grant monies for direct administrative costs of their proposed project.

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must:
Be a graduate student in psychology enrolled full-time and in good standing at an accredited university
Have demonstrated competence in area of the proposed work
IRB approval must be received from host institution before funding can be awarded if human participants are involved

Evaluation Criteria
Conformance with stated program goals
Magnitude of incremental contribution in topic area
Quality of proposed work
Applicant’s competence to execute the project

Proposal Requirements
Description of proposed project to include goal, relevant background, target population, methods, anticipated outcomes, and dissemination plans (Format: not to exceed 5 pages single – spaced, 1 inch margins, no smaller than 11 point font; references, budget, and timeline are not included in the 5 page limit)
Description of other sources of funding for this project. If other sources of funding are available, describe why the Gerson award is being sought.
Description of the impact this award is likely to have on your career (150 words or less)
Timeline for execution
Full budget and justification (funds cannot be used for stipends)
Current CV
Two letters of recommendation

Submission Process and Deadline
Deadline for applications is February 1, 2016.

To apply, please see http://www.apa.org/apf/funding/gerson.aspx

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.