Western Psychological Association

Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship

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 Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship
The Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarships promotes the application of psychology toward mitigation
of the stigma of mental illness through support of promising graduate students whose work is
consistent with this objective.

APF supports original, innovative research and projects. Although APF favors unique, independent
work, the Foundation does fund derivative projects that are part of larger studies.

Program Goals
The Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship
➢ Encourages talented students to orient their careers toward engaging stigma issues
➢ Develops strategies and interventions to reduce discrimination and stigmatization suffered by
victims of mental illness
➢ Develops strategies and interventions to improve public understanding of mental illness and
reduce harmful misconceptions

Amount
One $5,000 annual scholarship

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.
American Psychological Foundation
750 First Street, NE • Washington, DC 20002
P: (202) 336-5843 • F: (202) 336-5812 • Foundation@apa.org • www.apa.org/apf

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must:
➢ Be a full-time graduate student
➢ Be in good standing at an accredited university
➢ Have demonstrated commitment to stigma issues
➢ IRB approval must be received from host institution before funding can be awarded if human
participants are involved

Evaluation Criteria
Proposals will be evaluated on:
➢ Conformance with stated program goals
➢ Quality of proposed work
➢ Applicant’s demonstrated scholarship and competence

Proposal Requirements
➢ Description of proposed project to include goal, relevant back ground, target population,
methods, anticipated outcomes (Format: 5 pages; 1 inch margins, no smaller than 11 point font)
➢ Budget
➢ CV
➢ Letter of recommendation from faculty advisor

Submission Process and Deadline
Submit a completed application online by May 15, 2017. http://www.apa.org/apf/funding/franks.aspx

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

Questions about this program should be directed to Erin Carney, Program Officer, at
ecarney@apa.org.
American Psychological Foundation
750 First Street, NE • Washington, DC 20002
P: (202) 336-5843 • F: (202) 336-5812 • Foundation@apa.org • www.apa.org/apf