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Community Catalyst Grant Program

community catalyst graphicInspired by discussion during the Increasing Diversity and Inclusiveness symposium at the 2017 Convention, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology launched the Community Catalyst Grant Program.

SPSP members can apply to use these funds in their efforts to develop community and professional development among members of groups currently underrepresented in the field (including gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity and race, disability, and other underrepresented statuses).

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Award Info


SPSP seeks to provide small grants to support personality and social psychologists at all levels. This financial support is intended to assist SPSP members from underrepresented groups in their efforts to develop and host meetings to build community and develop professional skills. Applicants should explicitly state how their proposal would serve to build community and professional development skills. Examples could include dinner with an invited speaker, sharing and critiquing job materials, workshopping papers, skills building workshops, building new networks, and other community building activities.

Community Building support is not to be used for individuals to attend existing conferences, preconferences at the SPSP Convention, speaker honorariums, or awards. 

Grants may be awarded for an amount up to $2,000. Larger or more formal meetings/conferences should apply for the small conference grant.

Preference will be given to support of developing or building new communities within SPSP. Recipients of the grant must provide a post-event final report summarizing the event and its outcomes.

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