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Leslie W. Joyce and Paul W. Thayer Graduate Fellowship in I-O Psychology


The SIOP Foundation is pleased to offer a graduate student fellowship, which recognizes the mentoring relationship existing between Dr. Leslie Joyce and Dr. Paul Thayer, both during graduate school and during Dr. Joyce’s subsequent career. The Joyce and Thayer Fellowship is designed to provide financial support to a doctoral student in I-O psychology who is specializing in training and development and/or selection and placement. The fellowship provides an annual award of $10,000 (from start of academic year through the following summer). Eligible recipients may reapply for a second year of funding.


  • Recipients of other SIOP sponsored scholarships are not eligible for the Joyce and Thayer Fellowship.
  • Each I-O program may endorse no more than one (1) student per year.  If more than one student from a program wishes to apply for the fellowship, the program must perform an initial screening.
  • Nominees meet the following eligibility requirements:
    • PhD student in I-O psychology 
    • Specialized in training and development and/or selection and placement 
    • Should be committed to a practitioner career as evidenced by work   experience and/or a statement of career goals 
    • Should have some experience in an applied setting relevant to I-O

Evaluation Criteria

The Joyce and Thayer Fellowship Committee (appointed by the Award Committee chair), will select one Fellow based on:

  • The quality of the undergraduate or graduate record, including appropriateness of coursework to specialization in training and development and/or selection and placement
  • The quality of the master’s thesis or research summary, both scientifically and practically
  • The clarity and realism of the statement of goals and aspirations
  • Relevance of any applied experience to career specialization
  • Appropriateness of faculty recommendations

Size of the Award

The annual fellowship is $10,000. The award will be distributed to the student in a single payment and may be used for graduate school expenses (without additional restriction). The student will have two options regarding the award stipend: (a) to receive the stipend directly; or (b) to have the stipend placed in a "professional development" account at the recipient's university, contingent upon the regulations and policies of the recipient's university. The award recipient will be liable for any tax payments associated with the stipend.

Required Documentation

Applicants for the Joyce and Thayer Fellowship must submit:

  • An electronic copy of undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • A statement of graduate program goals and career aspirations
  • A summary of the nominee’s master’s thesis or summary of other completed research not to exceed 10 pages (12-point font, 1” margins, double spaced); the proposal must adhere to accepted formatting guidelines (e.g., APA guidelines)
  • Resumé that includes work assignments, paid or unpaid, related to I-O psychology
  • Letters of recommendation (at least 1 and not more than 3) from graduate faculty
  • Letter of endorsement from the university (or department, or I-O area)

All documentation must be submitted by the applicant and must be either a Word document or a .pdf file.