Between the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, general GW resources and the wider scientific community, there are many funding sources available to support undergraduate, graduate and faculty research.
Sarah Weiss Rozalis
"As a lab manager in the Attention and Cognition Laboratory, I developed research and writing skills while learning how to navigate a professional environment, present information and supervise others."
Research experiences not only provide challenges and depth to students' education, but they also strengthen their applications for nationally competitive fellowships and for graduate and professional schools. The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences offers two research grant opportunities to undergraduates:
The URSG supports undergraduate psychology majors who are exploring psychological research and psychological services as possible career paths. Students may apply for up to $500 to cover relevant expenses. Each recipient must submit a report at the end of the funding period explaining how the funds were used and any activities or outcomes that the funds made possible.
Students in these categories may apply:
Award funds may be used to cover:
There are three application deadlines per year, during the spring, summer and fall.
Deadlines for 2019 are not yet posted.
Application forms for 2019 are not yet posted.
Each recipient must submit a report at the end of the funding period explaining how the funds were used, and any activities or outcomes that the funds made possible.
The USRF provides an award of $4,000 to support the student’s research-related expenditures, which may include living expenses, travel, materials and equipment. Faculty mentors also receive a stipend of $500. These funds can be used to support activities directly related to this research project (e.g., supporting travel, equipment, supplies, etc.)
Student applicants must be full-time undergraduate students at GW who are majoring in psychology. Note: Recipients must be enrolled at GW throughout the tenure of the award. Faculty mentors must be tenured or tenure-track faculty in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.
Applications must be received by April 10, 2018.
Note: Application deadlines for 2019 have not yet been posted.
The Psychological and Brain Sciences Department Selection Committee, which includes faculty members from the three department programs, will review applications and make decisions on funding. Recipients must let the department know if they receive funding for the same activity from another source; the award may need to be reduced.
The recipient must submit a report at the end of the funding period explaining how the funds were used and any activities or outcomes that the funds made possible.
GW also offers many university-wide awards and initiatives to encourage undergraduates to engage with research.
Current GW psychology PhD students may apply for the Richard Walk Dissertation Fellowship, which is funded by the Richard David Walk Endowment. Walk was a prominent developmental psychologist and a member of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences faculty.
The fellowship awards $1,000 to help doctoral students complete their dissertation research. Funds may be applied toward participant incentives, travel, software, materials and other project-related costs. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and should be emailed to the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.
Research is one of GW’s top strategic initiatives, and the university accordingly offers several research funding opportunities to graduate students.
Many psychology faculty members are active in mentoring student research and recognized for their productivity and expertise in their fields of study. Faculty serve as editors and reviewers for federal granting agencies, top professional journals and textbook publishers. They also represent the department at professional conferences around the world.
The majority of Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences research funding comes from the National Institutes of Health, in particular the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Drug Abuse, and the National Science Foundation. Additionally, the GW Office of the Vice President for Research sponsors various intramural funding competitions and incentive programs to encourage research and scholarship at the university.