School of Health and Human Sciences

Scholarships from the School of HHS

The school of HHS awards/provides award approximately 80 scholarships/fellowships each year. To apply for a scholarship, students must complete the School of HHS Scholarship Application. Completion of one application provides consideration for all funds. Each Fall, on or around November 15 th, applications are e-mailed to all enrolled HES students. Additionally, scholarship applications are available in each of the five academic departments and in the Dean’s office. The deadline to return scholarship applications is generally on or around December 15 th. Recipients are notified in March or April of each year.

For more information visit the HHS Scholarship page.

Mancini Award

The Jay A. Mancini Graduate Award in Human Development and Family Studies in the Human Environmental Sciences provides funds to enhance the work of graduate students in Human Development and Family Studies. Purposes for which funds might be used include, but are not limited to, furnishing graduate students with supplemental support for research expenditures, workshop fees, travel costs to attend conferences, or other purposes directly tied to graduate student research. At present, graduate students may apply for funding from Award by applying for conference travel funding.

Departmental Funding

Funding is available for:

  • Attending and Presenting at Conferences
  • Thesis and Dissertation

Vira Kivett Award

Each year, one of the HDFS graduate students is awarded the Vira R. Kivett Outstanding Graduate Publication Award. This award was created by a former HDFS faculty member to recognize the best student journal publication of the year.

2015-2016 Hongjian Cao won the Kivett Award for this publication:

Cao, H., Mills-Koonce, W. R., Wood, C., & Fine, A. M. (2016). Identity transformation during the transition to parenthood among same-sex couples: An ecological, stress-strategy-adaptation perspective. Journal of Family Theory & Review. 8, 30-59. doi:10.1111/jftr.12124

2014-2015 Natalie Hengstebeck won the Kivett Award for this publication:

Hengstebeck, N. D., Helms, H. M., & Rodriguez, Y. (2015). Spouses’ gender role attitudes, wives’ employment status, and Mexican-origin husbands’ marital satisfactionJournal of Family Issues, 36(1), 111-132. doi: 10.1177/0192513X14547416

2014-2015 Angel Dunbar won the Kivett Award for this publication:

Dunbar, A. S., Perry, N. B., Cavanaugh, A. M., & Leerkes, E. M. (2015, July). African American Parents’ Racial and Emotion Socialization Profiles and Young Adults’ Emotional AdaptationCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 21(3), 409-19. doi: 10.1037/a0037546.

2013-2014 Jinni Su won the Kivett Award for this publication:

Su, J., & Supple, A. J. (2014). Parental, peer, school, and neighborhood influences on adolescent substance use: Direct and indirect effects and ethnic variationsJournal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 13(3), 227-46. doi: 10.1080/15332640.2013.847393

2012-2013 Nicole Brown Perry won the Kivett Award for this publication:

Perry, N. B., Nelson, J. A., Calkins, S. D., Leerkes, E. M., O’Brien, M., & Marcovitch, S. (2014). Early physiological regulation predicts the trajectory of externalizing behaviors across the preschool periodDevelopmental Psychobiology, 56(7), 1482-1491. doi:10.1002/dev.21228

2011-2012: Bethany Blair won the Kivett Award for this publication:

Blair, B. L., & Fletcher, A. C. (2011). “The only 13-year-old on planet earth without a cell phone”: Meanings of cell phones in early adolescents’ everyday livesJournal of Adolescent Research, 26, 155-177.

Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association provides two forms of funding, a Personal Development Fund (PDF) and a Thesis/Dissertation Fund (TDF). Any graduate student attending a professional conference related to his/her academic area may apply for funds. The PDF award is $300.

Funds are allocated for both the PDF and TDF per year, and awards will be given until funds are depleted. A student may receive 2 PDF awards from June 1 st to the following May 31 st of the following year. In other words, you can receive 2 PDF’s in one fiscal year. In addition, you can receive one TDF for $300 for each graduate degree you receive at UNCG.

Deadline for PDF Application

All applications must be received a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the opening date of the conference. Since the funds work on a first come, first serve basis, these deadlines are absolutely non-negotiable. Because funds are limited, students should apply as early as possible after deciding to attend a conference.

Other Organizations

I. APA Science Student Early Research Award

This annual competition for early (i.e. pre-doctoral) research rewards an outstanding research project completed before the dissertation. In 2005, two $1,000 awards were granted: $1,000 for an award in basic science and $1,000 for applied. Note: all applicants must be student affiliates or associate members of the American Psychological Association. Students who are not affiliates must apply for affiliation when submitting materials for the Dissertation Research Award. For more information see APA Science Student Early Research Award


II. The David Pilon Scholarship for Training in Professional Psychology

David Pilon was one of the founding co-chairs of APAGS in 1988. This $1,000 cash scholarship, named in his honor as appreciation for his initial work in launching APAGS, is intended to promote supplemental training and education experiences in professional practice (funds must support future training and education rather than previous work). The scholarship is designed also to be used for a specific training program or opportunity not otherwise available to the student so that an identifiable increase in knowledge will result from the training. This scholarship is open to doctoral students only. Send required materials to The David Pilon Scholarship, American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS), 750 First St., NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242.

III. The Nancy B. Forest and L. Michael Honaker Master’s Scholarship for Research in Psychology

This scholarship is named in honor of APA staff members for their unyielding support over the years in the formation, development and continued growth of APAGS. Nancy B. Forest was one of the first staff liaisons to APAGS and L. Michael Honaker, PhD, ensured that APAGS had the necessary resources to implement its important mission. This $1,000 cash award funds thesis research in the field of psychology at the Master’s level. Send required materials to The Forest and Honaker Master’s Scholarship, American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS), 750 First St., NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242.

IV. APA/APAGS Award for Distinguished Graduate Student in Professional Psychology

The Board of Professional Affairs (BPA) and the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) awards the APA/APAGS Award for Distinguished Graduate Student in Professional Psychology, a $1000 award and travel expenses to and from the APA Annual Convention, to a graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding practice and application of psychology. This award is administered by the staff liaison for the Board of Professional Affairs, thus all correspondence, arrangements and notifications about this award will come from the Board of Professional Affairs, not APAGS.

A qualified candidate must demonstrate exemplary performance in working with an underserved population in an applied setting OR have developed an innovative method for delivering health services to an underserved population. Eligible candidates are encouraged to apply from all psychology sub-specialties (e.g. clinical, counseling, organization, school, health, etc.) and can be self-nominated or nominated by a member of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Send required materials to Staff Liaison, Board of Professional Affairs, Practice Directorate, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242.

V. Diversity Dissertation Scholarship

The American Psychological Association of Graduate Students is proud to announce the Diversity Dissertation Scholarship, established to encourage excellence in research within the field of psychology concerning issues of diversity such as varied ethnic backgrounds, women’s issues, ageism, sexual orientation and disability.

Funds for this $1000 scholarship must be used to support proposed research, rather than to reward a completed, or nearly completed dissertation. The recipient will be invited to serve on the selection committee for the following year’s applicants.

Selection Criteria:

The APAGS Scholarship Selection Committee will review all abstracts. The winning applicant will be selected based upon the relevance of the study to diversity, with particular emphasis on important and emerging trends in the field; scholarly excellence, innovation and implications for theory, research and action; and methodological appropriateness. Send required materials to Diversity Dissertation Scholarship, American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS), 750 First St., NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242.