Established in 2008 by SRCD and the Student and Early Career Council (SECC), these non-renewable awards in the amount of up to $2,000 USD are given to doctoral students for dissertation research proposals that merit special recognition and display strong potential to contribute to the field of child development. Submissions should be for dissertation research in the proposal stage (i.e., not completed), and money is to be used for research costs or professional development related to the proposed dissertation project.

SRCD SECC is committed to anti-racism and anti-bias efforts as informed by scientific evidence and diverse epistemologies. Projects that reflect this charge are encouraged.

SECC members and the Governing Council Representative to SECC evaluate all submissions. Evaluation criteria include the following:

  • Quality and feasibility of research proposal (based on significance of the research question, theoretical rationale, methodological appropriateness, and innovation);
  • Qualifications of the applicant (based on CV and letter of recommendation);
  • Extent to which the award will contribute significantly to the applicant’s professional development and productivity; and
  • Extent to which the proposed work contributes to the field of child development.

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