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About the Foundation Awards, Scholarships, and Grants

The SIOP Foundation is dedicated to the growth and development of individuals in the field of industrial-organizational psychology.  The Foundation provides a number of opportunites for I-O psychologists to pursue funding for research, to acknowledge outstanding individuals in the field, and for students to apply for much needed financial assistance.  Below is a comprehensive list of the awards, scholarships, and grants available through the SIOP Foundation. 

Calls for these awards, scholarships, fellowship, and research grant funding appear annually in the April issue of The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist (TIP). Deadline for receipt of nominations is typically June 30. All award winners will be notified no later than the end of January.

The Best Poster on Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) Issues at the SIOP Conference and John C. Flanagan Award are selected from the proposals submitted to the annual SIOP conference.



SIOP Awards Fund

 The SIOP Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of an endowment fund for SIOP Awards. The SIOP Foundation provides a vehicle for charitable donations that support the future of the field of industrial and organizational psychology.  The earnings from the endowment fund will provide monetary support, in perpetuity, for existing SIOP awards.  These awards currently include the Distinguished Awards, International Research Grant, and the S. Rains Wallace Award which honor the scientific advances focused on research, development, or application.  As this fund grows, it will reduce the need of the Society to use operating funds for the annual awards freeing up dues and conference revenue to be used in support of member services.

William A. Owens Scholarly Achievement Award 

William A. Owens was best known for his extensive theoretical and applied work on biodata conducted at Iowa State, Purdue, and, primarily, at Georgia. For that work, as well as a broad range of other research, he received SIOP’s Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award. He was a past-president of SIOP and a Fellow of SIOP and APA. He and his wife Barbara established this award and helped create the SIOP Foundation. (Winners list)

M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace 

M. Scott Myers (1922-1996), a SIOP and APA Fellow, was admired by his professional colleagues but was probably better known to CEOs of the Fortune 500. As head of a team of I-O psychologists at Texas Instruments in the 1960s, he helped TI to achieve record growth and profits by involving employees in management decisions and giving employees greater freedom to plan and control their own work. His classic article on “Who Are Your Motivated Workers?” (Harvard Business Review, 1964) and related book on Every Employee A Manager (McGraw-Hill, 1970) are still must reading for business executives. (Winners list)

John C. Flanagan Award 

John C. Flanagan developed the Aviation Psychology Program for the U.S. Army in 1941, leading to the creation of selection devices for pilots and air crews, and to the beginnings of the application of psychology to equipment design. Following WWII, he founded the American Institutes for Research (AIR), known for its wide-ranging research in all I-O specialties, educational research, and related areas, such as Project Talent. He is probably best known for the creation of the Critical Incident technique of job analysis. His substantial impact on the field is recognized through this award funded by AIR. (Winners list)

Raymond A. Katzell Award in I-O Psychology 

Raymond A. Katzell was always a strong proponent of the scientist-practitioner model in I-O psychology. His primary research foci during his 27 years on the faculty at New York University were motivation and job satisfaction, the effectiveness of productivity enhancement interventions, and discrimination in employment testing. He was a president of SIOP, a fellow of SIOP, APA, and APS, editor of SIOP’s Frontiers of I-O Psychology series, and winner of SIOP’s Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award. His widow, Kitty Katzell, also a SIOP Fellow, established this award in his memory.    (Winners list)

Dunnette Prize

Marvin Dunnette played many key roles in transforming Industrial and Organizational Psychology from its dustbowl empiricist and technological origins into its present status as a model of science and practice.  He is known for his emphasis on individual differences, focus on practical significance, ability to synthesize empirical literature, development of I-O psychologists, and thought leadership.  Throughout his working life, he blended science and practice, mentorship and entrepreneurship, research and consulting, academia and industry, always publishing.  He helped his students and colleagues, indeed the entire field, to think about issues in different and testable ways. Milton Hakel, Lowell Hellervick, and Bob Muschewske are the leaders in establishing this award.

Best Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/
Transgender (LGBT) Research Award

This fund has been established to provide an award for the best paper or poster on a lesbian/gay/bisexual/ transgender issue presented at the SIOP conference. LGBT-related work is automatically considered for the award. (Winners List

Wiley Award for Excellence in Survey Research

This award will recognize excellence and innovation in the design of employee or customer survey research methods or techniques, and also the use of survey results to impact organizational effectiveness and performance.  Innovation and excellence can be visible in overall survey research purposes, instrument design, populations or samples surveyed, methods of survey administration, reporting of results, and/or in the use of survey results to affect positive organizational change. (Winners List)

Hogan Award for Personality and Work Performance

This award  acknowledges research that furthers the understanding of personality as it relates to job performance. The award will recognize the best paper on personality and job performance, published or unpublished, from the previous year. (Winners List)

Jeanneret Award for Excellence in the Study of Individual or Group Assessment

The award is designed to acknowledge works that further public and professional understanding of individual or group assessment.  It is expected that this award would encourage continuing research efforts and practice endeavors that are focused on individual or group assessment, especially when such assessment supports the creation of a diverse workforce. (Winners List) 


Schmidt-Hunter Meta-Analysis Award

This annual award, honoring Frank L. Schmidt and John E. Hunter, is given to a member of SIOP or team (with at least one member who is a SIOP member) whose work or research has been shown to advance I-O psychology as documented in published research in which meta-analysis is used.

HRM Impact Award

2018 Award Winners Announced

SIOP and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), together with their foundations, are proud to announce the launch of the first international award to honor organizations with outstanding evidence-based HR management practices. The competition will select winners based on HR practices and initiatives that have been measured and determined successful through evidence-based, data-driven analyses. Please visit www.hrmimpactawards.org for award eligibility and submission guidelines. Any for-profit, not-for-profit, or government organization located anywhere in the world may apply for award recognition of an evidence-based initiative or practice used internally to that organization.



The SIOP Small Grant Program supports SIOP members' research activities in areas that have impact on both practitioners and academicians, and foster cooperation between practitioners and academicians.    (Winners list) 

The Douglas W. Bray and Ann Howard Research Grant 

Douglas W. Bray (1918-2006) was the inventor of the management assessment center, which he inaugurated with a longitudinal study of Bell System managers (the Management Progress Study) in 1956. Ann Howard helped Bray extend the research to a second cohort (the Management Continuity Study) and eventually succeeded him as director of the combined research. Bray and Howard, who became husband and wife, were both past-presidents of SIOP, fellows of APA and SIOP, authors of multiple works, and co-authors of the award-winning book Managerial Lives in Transition: Advancing Age and Changing Times.  Howard recently retired as Chief Scientist at Development Dimensions International (DDI).   (Winners list)

The Sidney A. Fine Grant for Research on Job Analysis

Sidney A. Fine created a fundamental conceptual framework for describing work and workers—Functional Job Analysis became an indispensable tool for occupational analysis in public and private sector organizations alike. His work contributed to research and application in both personnel selection and vocational guidance, providing the linkages between job tasks on one end of a continuum and worker traits on the other. (Winners list)

Rick and Jen Jacobs Adverse Impact Reduction Research Initiative and Action (AIRRIA) Research Grant

New in 2014, this annual grant, created  under the leadership of Rick Jacobs, will be given to a member of SIOP or team  (with at least one member who is a SIOP member) whose research will examine new approaches in the study of adverse impact and lead to new programs designed to  reduce adverse impact.  The recipient(s) with  the best research proposal will receive grant funding of $1,500.
(Winners list)

James L. Outtz Grant for Student Research on Diversity

Grant applications will be received for the first time in 2016, with the first award to be made in 2017. This award will be given to a graduate student in I-O who is working on a thesis or dissertation that investigates some facet of diversity.

Hebl Grant for Reducing Gender Inequities in the Workplace

Using the Incubator Fund, Dr. Michelle (Mikki) Hebl has fully endowed a research grant fund in support of student research. The Hebl Grant for Reducing Gender Inequities in the Workplace is designed to support and encourage students in pursuing excellence in gender-related research and scholarship.


The Lee Hakel Graduate Student Scholarship and Mary L. Tenopyr Graduate Student Scholarship  

Lee Hakel managed the SIOP Administrative office from 1995-2005, a time of explosive growth for SIOP with membership increasing over 33%, and the transition to Web-based member services. In addition, she managed the SIOP Conference for 5 years during which time attendance nearly doubled. She was instrumental in establishing the SIOP Foundation. Upon her retirement in 2005, the SIOP Foundation honored her by naming a scholarship in her honor, and SIOP renamed the Doctoral Consortium in her honor. (Winners list)

Mary L. Tenopyr was known for her work in the area of employee selection testing and her influence on the standards for testing used today. Mary was a past president of SIOP, a Fellow of SIOP and APA, a winner of SIOP’s Distinguished Service Award and Distinguished Professional Contributions Awards. Mary made a bequest in her will for a SIOP Foundation scholarship to promote education in industrial and organizational psychology.
(Winners list)

George C. Thornton III Graduate Scholarship

George C. Thornton III is recognized for his research and consulting in the assessment center method. In fact, he received the Distinguished Professional Contributions Award in 2002 in recognition for his contributions to practice, theory, and research in industrial and organizational (I-O) psychology. The Thornton Scholarship was created by friends and colleagues in his honor to acknowledge doctoral students in I-O psychology who epitomize the scientist–practitioner model in his or her training, research, and practicum experiences. (Winners list)

Goldstein & Schneider Scholarships by the Macey Fund

The Macey Fund was established for the exclusive purpose of providing revenue to the Foundation to fund doctoral level scholarships in I-O psychology for ethnic minority students (Native American/Alaskan Native, Asian/Pacific American, African/Caribbean American, and Latino/Hispanic American).

Two scholarships have been established, one honoring Irwin L. Goldstein, and a second honoring Benjamin Schneider, in gratitude for their work in broadening the inclusiveness of industrial-organizational psychology.
(Winners list)



Leslie W. Joyce and Paul W. Thayer Graduate Fellowship

Paul W. Thayer is known for his research and application in the fields of personnel selection and training. He is a past-president of SIOP, a Fellow of SIOP, APS, APA and AAAS, and winner of the Distinguished Service and Distinguished Professional Contributions Awards from SIOP.

Leslie Joyce was a doctoral student of Dr. Thayer’s and funded this award in recognition of the mentoring relationship developed then and continuing to this day. She is Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer for Novelis.  (Winners list)

Calls/Nomination Deadline

Application/Submission Deadline is June 30, 2018. Please visit the individual awards pages to apply.




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