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Graduate Student Scholarship Award Program Call for Proposals

Daniel B. Turban
University of MissouriColumbia

Goals/Objectives of the SIOP Graduate Student Scholarship Award

  • To support the research of graduate students pursuing doctoral study in industrial-organizational psychology
  • To recognize achievement of a graduate student who has been admitted to candidacy.

Description of Activities 

SIOP will administer an annual competition for the Graduate Student Scholarship Award, which will be funded by the Scholarship Fund of the SIOP Foundation. The award program recognizes achievement in a graduate career and is intended to assist doctoral students in the field of industrial and organizational psychology with the costs of carrying out their dissertation work. 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 recipients university, contingent upon the regulations and policies of the recipients university. The award recipient will be liable for any tax payments associated with the stipend. 

Frequency/Size of Award

Each year, the SIOP Foundation will inform SIOP of the funds available for awards to graduate students whose proposed dissertation research reflects excellence in industrial-organizational psychology. For the upcoming year (2005), each of three awards will be in the amount of $2,000.

Responsibility for Selection of Recipients/Administration of Award

  • The SIOP Awards committee will appoint a Graduate Student Scholarship Award subcommittee consisting of at least four members. Members of the SIOP Foundation Board may not serve on this subcommittee. The Graduate Student Scholarship Award subcommittee will be responsible for evaluating the eligibility of applicants, the quality of applications, and making recommendations to the SIOP Executive Committee about award of the scholarship. 
  • The SIOP Executive Committee will make final determinations about award of the scholarship(s) each year, based in part on funds that are available from the Foundation. SIOP will disburse the scholarships within 30 days after recipients are selected. Should the Executive Committee decide to withhold a scholarship, unused scholarship funds will be returned to the Scholarship Fund of the Foundation.


The deadline for completed applications is February 1, 2005. Scholarship recipients will be announced at the SIOP annual conference. 


1. Applicants must be enrolled full time and be in good standing in a doctoral program in industrial-organizational psychology or a closely related field (e.g., organizational behavior) at a regionally accredited university or college. Eligibility is not limited to students in programs located in the U.S.A.

2. Applicants must be Student Affiliates of SIOP. Students who are not affiliates should apply for affiliation before submitting materials for the Graduate Student Scholarship Award. The SIOP Student Affiliate membership form is available on the SIOP Web site at www.siop.org.

3. Applicants must have had their dissertation proposals approved by their dissertation committees prior to application.

4. Each program may endorse no more than one (1) student per year. If more than one student from a program wishes to apply for these funds, the program must perform an initial screening and forward only one application. If multiple distinct programs reside at an institution (e.g., an I-O program in the psychology department and a separate organizational behavior program in the business school), each program may endorse one student.

5. Applicants who have already defended their dissertations are not eligible to apply for these funds.

6. Applicants must not have previously received a SIOP Graduate Student Scholarship Award.

Application Procedure

1. The Graduate Student Scholarship Award subcommittee of the Awards Committee will examine all applications for eligibility.

2. Application forms are available on the SIOP Web site. The application form will be submitted with the following materials attached:

a. 12-page maximum summary of the dissertation research, including an explanation of research design and other important aspects of the project. NOTE: Figures or tables may be included only if they can be incorporated into the twelve (12)-page limit. A list of references should be included with the summary; references will not be included in the 12-page maximum. Summaries should be double spaced, 12-point font, with 1 margins.

b. 2-page maximum Curriculum Vitae including scientific publications and presentations.
Complete applications must be received by the SIOP Awards Committee Chair by February 1, 2005 in order to be considered for the scholarship.

Criteria for Judging Proposal

Proposals will be evaluated with respect to the following criteria:

1. Clearly expressed understanding of the field of inquiry.

2. Ability of the research design to provide meaningful answers to questions posed by the researcher.

3. Potential of the proposed study to make significant theoretical and application contributions to the field of industrial-organizational psychology. 

Selection of Scholarship Recipients

1. Applications will be reviewed by the Graduate Student Scholarship Award subcommittee of the SIOP Awards Committee during the winter. Recommendations of the subcommittee will be presented to the SIOP Executive Committee for action prior to the spring conference.

2. Recommendations of the committee will be based upon the quality of the submitted information.

3. Committee members having a prior personal or professional relationship with the applicant will excuse themselves from evaluation of that applicant.

4. Pending sufficient funds in the SIOP Foundation Scholarship Fund, the committee may recommend that the scholarship be granted to up to three recipients. The Foundation will inform the SIOP Executive Committee of the number of scholarships that can be funded each year. 

5. The committee reserves the right to recommend that the scholarship be withheld if a suitable candidate does not apply.

6. SIOP Graduate Student Scholarship Award recipients will be announced at the SIOP conference. 

7. One year after the scholarship is awarded, each recipient will be asked to provide the SIOP Awards Committee chair with a one-page report summarizing the research that was conducted under the auspices of the award. The report should be cosigned by the students advisor or dissertation chair.

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