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James L. Outtz Grant for Student Research on Diversity

This annual grant will be given to a graduate student who has received approval from his/her advisor or committee chair, but not yet conducted, a diversity-related research proposal. The proposal may be either a master’s thesis or a doctoral dissertation and is intended to assist the graduate student with the diversity-related project. Proposals should involve empirical research, theory, and application in any area of I-O psychology (e.g., employee relations, equal employment opportunity, human factors, job analysis, job design, organizational development, organizational behavior, leadership, position classification, safety, selection, training) that focuses specifically on diversity. However, the main focus of the submission must be on diversity.

General Procedures and Policies

An overarching goal of bestowing this grant is to create more excellence in diversity research that is highly translatable to practice. Thus, considerable weight will be given to whether the proposal consists of a solid connection between research and practice. In addition, the principal investigator of the project must be a SIOP Student Affiliate.  The application must include a letter from the student’s advisor or committee chair stating that the research project has been approved, is a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation, and that the project is ongoing.

In order to encourage wide participation and a large variety of individuals and institutions involved in the program, an individual can only be involved in one proposal per review cycle per grant. In addition, individuals who received an Outtz grant within the last 2 years are ineligible.

Guidelines for Proposal Budgets

It is the explicit policy of the James L. Outtz Grant for Student Research on Diversity that grant funds may not be used for overhead or indirect costs. In the committees’ experience, most universities will waive overhead and indirect costs under two circumstances: (a) the grant is relatively modest in size, and/or (b) the awarding institution (i.e. SIOP) does not allow it. If the above statement disallowing funds to be used for overhead is insufficient, the chair of the awards subcommittee will provide additional documentation and evidence explicitly recognizing this policy.

The James L. Outtz Grant for Student Research on Diversity can be used in conjunction with other funding for a larger scale project. If this is the case, the proposal should describe the scope of the entire project, the entire budget, and the portion of the budget for which grant award money will be spent.

Size of Grant

The maximum grant amount for the Outtz Research Grant is $3,000.

Criteria for Grant

Applications must:

  1. Be proposed by a graduate-level SIOP Student Affiliate to support a master’s thesis or dissertation research involving empirical research, theory, and application in any area of I-O psychology. The project should be ongoing at the time of grant application. Postdoctoral students and faculty members are not eligible. A letter from the student’s advisor or committee chair stating that the research project has been approved must be submitted during the application process, and the project should be ongoing at the time the grant is awarded.
  2. Focus on diversity, extending and broadening our theoretical and empirical knowledge of diversity in the workplace. Preference will be given, in particular, to projects that focus on historically underrepresented and underresearched groups in the United States.  (Examples of diversity research may include, but are not limited to, age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, etc.)
  3. Create a solid connection between research and practice, such that the project itself is applied or it has very obvious practical ramifications for organizations seeking to improve the experiences of employees who are diverse.
  4. Have a sound basis in science and practice such that the proposal represents technical adequacy (including issues of internal validity, external validity), appropriate methodology, appropriately planned statistical analyses, theoretical rigor and soundness, and demonstrable application.

Additional Criteria

  • Significance: Proposal addresses an important problem related to diversity relevant to both the academic and practitioner membership of SIOP.
  • Appropriateness of budget: Clear justification and rationale for the expenditure of the grant monies; proposed work be accomplished with the funds requested, but if not, other funding sources are available.
  • Research approach: An assessment of the overall quality of the conceptual framework, design, methods, and planned analyses.
  • Innovation: Proposed research contains novel concepts, approaches or methods.
  • Aimed at a wide audience: Proposal is clear, understandable, and communicable to a wide audience and has implications for ALL members of SIOP (academics and practitioners).
  • Realistic timeframe: Likelihood that the project can be completed within 1 year of award date.
  • Academic–practitioner partnership: Involves a partnership between an academic and practitioner or has obvious application to practice.

Administrative Procedures

  1. Nomination materials will be reviewed by an Awards subcommittee consisting of the CEMA chair as the awards subcommittee chair and at least three additional subcommittee members (a mix of academic and practitioners), all of whom work primarily as I-O psychologists.
  2. No active member of the CEMA committee will be eligible for an award.
  3. The Awards subcommittee may decide that, in any given year, no nominee is deserving of the award, in which case the grant may be withheld.


All grant award recipients will be required to deliver a final report to the SIOP Foundation within 1 year of the date of the award. Awardees should be aware that a synopsis of their research will be placed on the SIOP Web site. This synopsis will be of such a nature so as not to preclude subsequent publication of the research. It is strongly encouraged that the results of the research be submitted for presentation at the annual SIOP conference. Finally, the recipient should acknowledge funding from the SIOP Foundation in any resulting publication or presentation.

Format of the Proposal

The proposal should adhere to accepted formatting guidelines (e.g., APA guidelines) and should include the following sections:

  1. Abstract
  2. Literature review and rationale for the project
  3. Method—including information about the sample, measures, data collection strategies, and analytical strategies
  4. Implications for both academicians and practitioners
  5. Budget and justification for expenditures of the grant funds

Proposals should not exceed 10 pages of text (not including references, tables, and appendices). The proposal should be double spaced and use a 12-point font and 1” margins. The proposal must be a single document, either a Word document or a .pdf file, named to indicate the first author, as follows: lastname.doc or lastname.pdf.

All awarded authors will need to certify, by signature or other means, that the research will be carried out in compliance with ethical standards with regard to the treatment of human subjects (e.g., institutional review board or signed statement that the research adhered to the accepted professional standards regarding the treatment of human subjects).


Updated: 12 April 2018