2015 Small Grants Program for the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence:  Peace Psychology Research, Education, or Community Projects

The Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence: Peace Psychology Division 48 of the American Psychological Association invites applications for small grants for research in peace psychology, development of peace psychology education programs, or community projects involving the application of peace psychology. Grant applications may request between $300 and $1,500. Approximately half of the grants will be awarded to graduate students or persons in their early careers (i.e., within five years after obtaining a terminal degree). The purpose of this grants program is to foster the development of the field of peace psychology through research, education, and the application of peace psychology in community projects. For example, a research project might investigate the relationship between interpersonal empathy and attitudes about international conflict resolution; an educational program might involve a series of PowerPoint presentations on peace psychology; and a community project might involve development of a forum for problem solving discussions between community groups with conflicting interests


Grant awards may be used for travel (other than to conventions), staff, clerical assistance, materials, postage, and other budgeted expenses approved by the Small Grants Committee. Grant funding may not be used for institutional charges for administration of the grant, travel to conventions, stipends for principal investigators or project directors, or living expenses while conducting the project.

Eligibility and Restrictions

The Society welcomes applications from anyone with the qualifications to conduct the proposed project, including graduate students and persons from all nations. Members of the Small Grants Committee and members of the Div. 48 Executive Committee are not eligible to apply for a grant during their terms of membership. A person is eligible to receive only one grant in a three-year period (i.e., every third year).


Grant recipients will be required to complete and sign a consent form prior to release of funding. The consent form contains the following items:

  • Confirmation of membership in Div. 48.

  • Agree to save receipts for amounts over $100, and to agree upon completion of the project (or 18 months after receiving payment for the grant) to submit receipts and an itemized account of how funds were used. Recipients will also agree to return to Div. 48 any of the awarded funding that was not used for the project.

  • Agree to submit a narrative report in article form describing the project and including outcomes, benefits to themselves and others, and suggestions for future research or practice in peace psychology. The article may be published in whole or part in the division’s newsletter.

In addition, the following materials are required when applicable:

  • Written evidence of Institutional Review Board or Human Subjects Committee approval.

  • Letters of support from organizations involved in the project, faculty supervisors, or other relevant parties.

How To Apply

To apply for a grant, please send a letter of application materials with your name, name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and title of your proposal to Urmitapa Dutta at urmitapa_dutta@uml.edu. Please send your application materials as an attachment in.doc or .pdf format. The application materials consist of:

  1. A grant proposal containing the following sections and not exceeding 5-7 double-spaced typed pages:

    1. Brief description of proposed project.

    2. Purpose of proposed project and, in the case of educational and community projects, expected benefits for the target population.

    3. Potential contribution of the project to development of the field of peace psychology.

    4. Time line for initiation, implementation, and completion of the project.

    5. Plan for the evaluation of the project.

    6. Itemized budget for requested amount.

    7. Qualifications and experience of applicant(s) relevant to the project. Please specify whether the principal applicant is a graduate student or recent graduate (i.e., within five years after obtaining a terminal degree) in order to qualify for consideration as a graduate student or early career applicant.

  2. Current curriculum vitae or resume

Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2015 and the Div. 48 Small Grants Committee will announce decisions on July 6. When evaluating proposals, the committee will consider the probability that a project will fulfill its specific purpose (#2 above) and the project’s potential for advancing the field of peace psychology (#3) within the proposed time frame and budget (#4 and #6). For questions related to the application process, please contact Urmitapa Dutta at urmitapa_dutta@uml.edu.