MPAF Dissertation Diversity Grant Guidelines

Michigan Psychological Association Foundation is offering a research grant of $2000 to support a psychology graduate student who is a member of a community of color.  The dissertation proposal must have been approved by the doctoral committee before applying for the grant.  The applicant must be a Student Member of the Michigan Psychological Association and may apply for membership at the time of the grant application.  It is expected that the awardee will present a poster session at a future annual convention of the Michigan Psychological Association.  While it is not required that the dissertation research be focused on diversity and multicultural issues, such a focus may factor into the awarding of the grant.

To apply for the grant, one copy of the following materials should be submitted via email or US Mail to the address below:

  • A letter from the student’s dissertation chair/advisor confirming that the dissertation proposal has been approved and supporting the application for the grant.
  • A statement from the student describing how their personal experience as a member of an underrepresented community impacts their research.
  • A 1-2 page curriculum vitae
  • An abstract of the proposed research 

Applications will be accepted from March 1, 2021 through April 15, 2021.  The award will be announced on May 3, 2021. The awardee will be invited (without obligation) to participate in the Foundation as an ex-officio member.

Applications or requests for further information should be sent to:

Tatiana Elisa Bustos, MS, MA (she/her/hers)
PhD Candidate, Ecological Community Psychology
University Enrichment Fellow
Michigan State University
[email protected]

Previous Awardees:

Erin Smith from Wayne State University (2016)






Carmelita Foster from Western Michigan University (2017)






Tatiana Elisa Bustos from Michigan State University (2020)