Awards & Fellowships

The University of Wisconsin – Psychology department offers a variety of awards and fellowships. These can be awarded by the department, the University of Wisconsin – Madison, or external sources. You may get more information in the tabbed pages below.

Departmental Awards & Fellowships

Hertz Travel Awards

Submit once presentation has been accepted and $750 in expenses has occurred. A limited number of $750 awards are currently available. Check with Kevin in the Graduate Coordinator’s office to verify the award amount that will be granted. International travel can get up to $1,000.

The Department of Psychology would like to announce rolling travel awards for students who are presenting as first author at a conference. Travel awards are $750 for domestic travel and $1,000 for international. A donation from the Hertz Foundation and generous private donors to the psychology graduate program helps to make these awards possible.
The guidelines for those eligible to apply for this award are as follows:

  • Must be presenting as first author at a conference
  • Only one award (according to the conference date) is given per calendar year, from January 1st to December 31st, to each award applicant

The following are the necessary application materials to be submitted to the graduate studies coordinator, once you have received acceptance of your presentation at a conference and have incurred at least $750 worth of costs (typically you can have these materials together once plane tickets, registration and/or lodging has been paid):

  • Cover page with the following information
    • Conference Title
    • Conference Date
    • Presentation Title
  • Proof of conference presentation acceptance
  • Receipts for what you wish to be reimbursed for


Schwartz Fellowship


Applications due February 1.


The family of Marian Schwartz established the Marian S. Schwartz Fund to support graduate student research in cognitive and experimental psychology. The person (or persons) awarded the fellowship will be designated a Schwartz Fellow. This year the total amount to be awarded for the fellowship will be $4000, though the Graduate Committee may choose to award multiple fellowships. The Schwartz Fellow will have control over how to spend this money in support of his or her research. For example, it may be used for summer salary support, travel to meetings, purchase of supplies and equipment, etc.

Applicants for the Schwartz Fund are asked to submit a one-page proposal, single-spaced with a 12-point standard font, briefly summarizing your proposed research (conceptual background and research plan) and indicating how it is relevant to the goals of the Schwartz fund (research in cognitive and experimental psychology). References should be included on a separate page. This proposal is due to the Graduate Studies and Admissions office via in the form of Adobe Acrobat PDF by February 1st.

Proposals will be evaluated by all members of the Graduate Committee, so your proposal should be written to be understood by psychologists from many area groups. Priority is normally given to more advanced students, however all students are eligible to apply. Additionally, students may receive this fellowship only once.

At the following Graduate Committee meeting, finalists will be selected from the single page proposals and the Graduate Committee will then ask finalists to submit the following:

  • A full paper, no more than five pages double-spaced with 12 point standard font, providing the specific aims, background and significance, a brief description of methodology for the research, the expected results, and how these results will be interpreted
  • References must be included but do not count toward the five-page limit
  • A budget detailing how the $4,000 fellowship would be utilized
  • Two letters of recommendation addressing the quality of the application and evaluating the proposed research
  • Curriculum Vitae


Lyn Abramson Award

Applications due November 1.

A donor to our department has established the Lyn Abramson Award for Cognitive Approaches to Psychopathology. This is a $500 annual award for a paper on a topic related to cognitive approaches to psychopathology by a graduate student in our department.

The criteria for papers to be submitted are as follows:


  • Proposals do not qualify
  • The paper can either be published or unpublished
  • Papers can fall into any of the following categories: Empirical report, theoretical work, or review
  • Papers on cognitive approaches to any form of psychopathology are welcome
  • The Cognitive perspective may (but need not) be integrated with another perspective (e.g., Neuroscience, Developmental, etc.).
  • The student must be the first author, however, it is fine for a faculty member to be a co-author
  • A format appropriate for publication in a journal should be used
  • There are no restrictions on page length

To apply for the Lyn Abramson Award, a PDF of your paper must be submitted to the Graduate Studies and Admissions office via by November 1.

Menzies and Royalty Research Awards

Awards of $500 are given to fund independent research by graduate students. These awards are supported by Menzies and Royalty Research funds.

To apply for the award, a one page, single spaced, 12 point standard font proposal must be submitted, summarizing your proposed research [conceptual background and research plan]. References should be included on a separate page. You should also indicate how you plan to use the award on a separate page. Proposals will be evaluated by all members of the Graduate Committee, so your proposal should be written to be understood by psychologists from many area groups.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. A maximum of one application per student per calendar year may be submitted. Please send your application to the Graduate Studies and Admissions office via

Mamie and Kenneth Clark Award

One incoming student each year will be selected for the Mamie and Kenneth Clark Award, with preference being given toward an ethnic minority or first generation college student. The $2,000 award is intended to provide support at the beginning of the academic year until the student recieves his/her first paycheck on October 1.

University Awards & Fellowships

University Awards and Fellowships

Interdisciplinary Training Program in the Education Sciences

2015-16 Fellowship Competition TBD

All materials should be submitted to: Molly Wesling Program Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Training Program in Education Sciences 453 Educational Sciences 1025 W. Johnson St. Madison, WI 53706 PH: (608) 265-9483

Student Research Grants Competition

Rolling Applications

The 2015-16 Research Travel Award competition and the Conference Presentation Funds competition has begun! This year applications for both competitions will be accepted on a rolling basis starting July 17, 2015 with mutiple reviewing deadlines. In addition, eligibility is expanded beyond dissertators and final-year MFA students — all students who are enrolled in graduate degree programs including doctoral and master students may now apply.

The Graduate School has introduced a new online application for these competitions since last year. If you have previously applied for funding through the Student Research Grants (“Vilas”), you will see that the components of the application are similar to what they were before, but the process of submitting them is different.  So, whether you have previously applied for this funding or not, please be sure to carefully read the instructions on these webpages and in the online application. In addition, please visit the new FAQ pages for answers to frequently asked questions.

See for further information about this opportunity.

External Awards & Fellowships

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Application due November 7, 2013.

Application Guide:

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF’s mission. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research. The ranks of NSF Fellows include numerous individuals who have made transformative breakthroughs in science and engineering research, many who have become leaders in their chosen careers, and some who have been honored as Nobel laureates.


NRSA Fellowships


  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships (F31) to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
    Applications due: April 13, August 13, and December 13Information:
    PDF Guide to Applying:
    Application: omnibus NIH program is supported by NCI, NCCAM, NCRR, NEI, NHLBI, NHGRI, NIA, NIAAA, NIAID, NIAMS, NIBIB, NICHD, NIDCD, NIDCR, NIDDK, NIDA, NIEHS, NIGMS, NIMH, NINDS, NINR, and ODS. This program is intended to promote diversity in health-related research by supporting research training leading to the Ph.D. or equivalent research degree, the combined M.D./Ph.D. degree; or another formally combined professional degree and research doctoral degree in biomedical, behavioral, health services, or clinical sciences.



Ford Fellowships

  • Predoctoral AwardApplication due November 14, 2013.Information:
    Application: fellowships provide three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. Predoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Research Council (NRC) on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.




APA Dissertation Award



Applications due September 1, 2013.


The Science Directorate of the American Psychological Association sponsors an annual competition for dissertation research funding. The purpose of the Dissertation Research Award program is to assist science-oriented doctoral students of psychology with research costs. The current program includes 30-40 grants of $1000 each, along with several larger grants of up to $5000 to students whose dissertation research reflects excellence in scientific psychology. The dissertation research may be in any area of psychological research.

Submit your proposal to the Graduate Coordinator’s Office by September 1st for review by the graduate committee.



National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes


Applications due ??


The National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students is a flagship international fellowship program for developing the next generation of globally engaged U.S. scientists and engineers knowledgeable about the Asian and Pacific regions. The Summer Institutes are hosted by foreign counterparts committed to increasing opportunities for young U.S. researchers to work in research facilities and with host mentors abroad. Fellows are supported to participate in eight-week research experiences at host laboratories in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, and Taiwan from June to August. The program provides a $5,000 summer stipend, round-trip airfair to the host location, living expenses abroad, and an introduction to the society, culture, language, and research environment of the host location.


SSCP Dissertation Grant Awards

Applications due January 31, 2013.


Applications are now being accepted for SSCP Dissertation Grant Awards. These awards are intended to both recognize and support students who have already received approval for their dissertation project. Accordingly, in addition to the evaluation of the proposal as a whole, we will also consider what additional sources of funding have been received in the context of the overall estimated cost of the project. Awards will be in the amount of $500. It is anticipated that up to 5 grants will be funded.