Scholarships and Grants

SPA Dissertation and Research Grants will be evaluated on a scale of 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) on the following domains:

  • Overall Quality of the Proposal
    • Proposal is clear and well-written
    • Proposal provides a clear rationale for the project with appropriate citations
    • The method described in the proposal is clear and appropriate for the proposed project
  • Feasibility of the Project
    • The project is feasible based on the timeline and budget provided
  • Potential to Contribute to the Field of Personality Assessment
    • The proposed project will significantly contribute to the field of personality assessment and/or advance the field of personality assessment

 A successful proposal will be well-written, provide a clear and compelling rationale for the project, the methods described are clear and appropriate for the proposed project, the project is feasible within the time and budget proposed, and the project has the potential to significantly contribute to and/or advance the field of personality assessment. 


Annual Dissertation Grant 
Open: August 1, 2022

The Society for Personality Assessment (SPA) will be making grants to support dissertation research in the area of personality assessment. These awards of up to $800 dollars must have an approved dissertation proposal before applying for the grant. Although not required at time of application, to receive the grant, the student must hold an active student membership for the 2022 calendar year. It is expected that the findings of the dissertation will be presented at a forthcoming Annual Convention of SPA. Please download this document for an overview of information needed. 

Submit your 2021 Dissertation Grant Application


Student Research Grant 
Open: August 1, 2022

The Society for Personality Assessment (SPA) will be making grants to support all types of student research in the area of personality assessment. These awards of up to $500 dollars are open to undergraduate or graduate students in psychology or related fields. Although not required at time of application, to receive the grant, the student must hold an active student membership for the 2022 calendar year. It is expected that the findings of this research will be presented at a forthcoming Annual Convention of SPA. Please download this document for an overview of information needed.

Submit your 2021 Student Research Grant Application


Student Scholarship 

Open: August 1, 2022 

In an effort to encourage training of students and promote student participation in research and scholarly presentation in the area of personality assessment, SPA has created scholarships opportunities to attend the 2022 SPA Convention and WorkshopsThis $340.00 scholarship award includes a complimentary member early-bird rate registration and one night hotel. International applicants may be awarded an additional travel stipend of up to $400 depending on the stated need and the number of applications received. 

Submit Your Student Scholarship Application 


Diversity Scholarship 

Open: August 1, 2022

As part of its overall commitment to diversity, SPA is now offering diversity scholarships of up to $1000.00 to support diverse professionals or students involved in personality assessment who seek to attend the 2022 SPA Convention and WorkshopsThis scholarship award includes a complimentary member early-bird rate registration, one night hotel, and up to $500 for reimbursable expenses (travel, additional registration fees, additional hotel, food). Additional funds for expenses may be given if registering at a lower rate. 

Submit Your Diversity Scholarship Application 


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