Scholarships, fellowships, and grants
Finance your education
To find out more about how to finance your education, visit
- Scholarships and Fellowships
- Support for Graduate Students (SGS) program
- NAU Office of Sponsored Projects (see Pivot)
Funding outside the university
The following funding opportunities are examples of common scholarships, grants, and awards available to graduate students studying psychological science. However, students are encouraged to work with their advisors to seek out other sources of funding as new opportunities are often made available.
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- APAGS Scholarships, Grants, and Awards
- APS Student Grant Competition
- APS Student Research Award
- APA Psychological Science Research Grant
- Society for Personality and Social Psychology Outstanding Research Award
- APA “Free money for education”
- APA Division 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology) award opportunities
- APA Division 36 (Religion and Spirituality) Student Research Award
- APA Division 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology) Student Research Grant
- APA Division 53 (Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology) Student Award
- Applied Social Issues Internship Funding (To encourage research that is conducted in cooperation with a community or government organization, public interest group or other not-for-profit entity that will benefit directly from the project.)
- APA Scholarships, Grants, and Awards
- APF (COGDOP)
- NSF Funding
Psi Chi provides funding for graduate students. To be a member the student must:
- be accepted into and enrolled in a psychology or closely related graduate program;
- have completed at least 9 semester credit hours of graduate psychology courses in that program;
- have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 in all graduate courses including psychology courses;
- meet their graduate program’s requirements (e.g., if specific courses require an A or B, students must meet those requirements even if their cumulative GPA is above 3.0).
Read more about the Psi Chi funding.
Finding and applying to Ph.D. programs
- U.S. Clinical Accredited Programs
- International Search
- Application process/help: APA Applying to Graduate School
- NAU College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Student Travel Award Program
- NAU Graduate College Student Travel Awards
- APA Student Travel Award
- NAU International Travel Program
Max de Montel Williamson Memorial
Graduate Psychological Sciences Award
This award was established by Jessica and Stephen Williamson, the parents of Max Williamson, a former graduate student within the Department of Psychological Sciences. Max was born in New York City in December 1988 and moved to Sedona, Arizona in 2003. Max discovered his calling in the Department of Psychological Sciences where he was cherished by students and faculty alike. Max was an exceedingly creative, generous, and promising graduate student who was finishing his master’s thesis when he died on March 1, 2015. The Max de Montel Williamson fund was created to honor his kind heart, his generous spirit, and his love of NAU’s Department of Psychological Sciences. The Max de Montel Williamson Memorial Graduate Student Psychology Award is designed to support research conducted by other bright, ambitious students within this department. The award will consist of a $1000 contribution to support research conducted by a graduate student within the Department of Psychological Sciences.
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Criteria for Selection: This award is designed to financially support graduate research. This award may be used to fund either thesis or non-thesis related research projects.
- be full-time, degree-seeking graduate students within the Department of Psychological Sciences in good academic standing.
- be involved in ongoing research or have intention to engage in such research immediately following the award disbursement.
- submit an overview of the planned research project(s) (more details below) including expected expenditures and an estimated completion date.
The Graduate Awards Committee will review all applications and consider each project’s scientific merit, scholarly contribution, and likelihood of timely project completion in their selection process.
Application deadline: April 1st
Materials to Submit:
- Prospective applicants should compile and submit the following materials (in one PDF file) via email to the Graduate Program Coordinator.
1. A cover sheet
- Include a cover sheet with the following information: (a) full name, (b) year entered program; and (c) thesis chair and/or project advisor
2. Current curriculum vitae
3. Project overview (2 pages maximum, single spaced)
- The project overview should clearly describe the project purpose, statement of problem this project will aim to investigate, planned methodology, and explanation of projects anticipated scholarly contribution.
Department of Psychological Sciences Outstanding
Graduate Student of Psychological Sciences
The Graduate Student of Psychological Sciences is intended to honor graduate students from Northern Arizona University’s Department of Psychological Sciences whose achievements display a high level of excellence or distinction. The Department seeks to recognize students of exceptional ability and/or who show promise for significant future achievement in psychological research. The Department of Psychological Sciences awards up to one second-year graduate student per year for her, his, or their excellence in scholarship, service, and/or teaching activities. The award will be announced at then end of the fall semester. The official award will be presented at a Brown Bag meeting in November and consists of a $400 award and certificate.
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Criteria for Selection
The Graduate Awards subcommittee will select the Graduate Student of Psychological Sciences recipient using those criteria listed below. Our graduate students have diverse responsibilities and experiences; therefore, not all criteria will be expected of all students. For example, if a graduate student has not been a teaching assistant then the Graduate Awards subcommittee would not include “excellence in the classroom” as a criterion for this student’s eligibility or evaluation. Please see the criteria matrix for an overview of the criteria for the award. The general criteria could include:
- Overall successful progression in the Department’s graduate program
- Noted as an excellent student in graduate level classes
- Excellence in the pursuance or accomplishment of psychological research
- Excellence in a field environment
- Overall graduate student good citizenship
The Graduate Awards subcommittee will use the application packet (submitted by the student) in addition to official records (e.g., TA evaluations, yearly graduate student evaluations, nominations from a faculty member) to rate each candidate.
Application Deadline: April 1 (5pm)
For information about the following scholarships, please visit the scholarships page hosted by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Virginia Blankenship Undergraduate Research Award
William Gibson Outstanding Student in Psychological Sciences and Public Service Award
Vicki Green Psychological Sciences Thesis Award
Vicki Green Graduate School Travel Award
Edward C. and Mary E. Mills Scholarship