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1 Funding Graduate School A Student’s Experience Luis D. Medina SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology

2 Types of Funding Predoctoral Awards Dissertation Awards NIH Supplements Academic Scholarships Supplemental Awards

3 Sources of Information Grants.gov UCLA Graduate & Postdoctoral Extramural Support (GRAPES) Database (www.gdnet.ucla.edu/grpinst.htm) UC Research Grants Program Office (www.ucop.edu/research/rgpo/funding.html) UCSD Search for University Research Funding (SURF) Database (research.ucsd.edu/surf/index.html) APA (www.apa.org) UCSD Graduate Funding Blog (ucsdgraduatefunding.wordpress.com)

4 Common National Fellowships F32 National Research Service Awards (NRSA) –Stipend: $21,180; Institution: $4,200 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship –Stipend: $30,000; Institution: $10,500 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship –Stipend: $20,000; Institution: $2,000 APA Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (MHSAS) –Stipend: Varies

5 Other Sources NIH Diversity Supplements UC-MEXUS UC Pacific Rim Research Program Intramural Awards

6 Application Process Application Form Curriculum Vitae Letters of Support Essays: –Personal Statement –Research Experience –Research /Training Proposal

7 Writing Tips Check out your target agency's recent awards Speak with a program officer When preparing your proposal, follow the agency's guidelines Be particular about the little things Have a colleague read the proposal before you send it off Don't wait until the last minute to prepare and submit your application Don't assume that reviewers will be experts in your subspecialty Don't give up if you're rejected Don't forget to obtain copies of the reviewer's comments From “The Buck Starts Here” by Karen M. Markin, PhD

8 Rater Comments “This applicant has remarkable potential as a scientist…” “His proposed research is creative and cutting-edge.” “He writes with great passion and persuasiveness…” “Well justified and well described research study.” “Well defined future life goals and very well written and personal essay.” “He presents clear hypotheses and has the skills and resources to complete the work.” “The proposed research will enhance scientific understanding…”

9 Multiple Sources of Funding Main versus Supplemental –Stipend versus Small Awards Multiple Main Sources Short-term versus Long-term

10 Final Advice Keep your CV updated! Keep copies of your essays (e.g., Personal Statement, Research Experience, Research Proposal) Search early Search often

11 Thank You! Mailing Address: SDSU/UCSD JDP in Clinical Psychology 6363 Alvarado Court, Suite 103 San Diego, CA Physical Office/Laboratory Address: Memory and Aging Laboratory 6475 Alvarado Road, Suite 104 San Diego, CA Luis D. Medina Office:


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