Society for the Teaching of Psychology

Division 2 of the American Psychological Association

Conference Speaker Grant Program


The Society for The Teaching of Psychology (STP; Division 2 of APA) is pleased to announce a program to provide support to teaching conferences to fund speakers related to the teaching of psychology. The grant program is open to any gathering of psychology teachers from 4-year colleges and universities, 2-year colleges, or high schools. (Please note that the program does not fund speakers for regional research conferences through this program; long-standing regional research conferences are supported by STP through another program.)

Amount of Funding Available

STP provides a total of $6000 to award in the amount of $1200 per speaker/conference. This money will provide travel reimbursement for the speaker, and the conference will be expected to fund (or waive) the speaker’s registration. Please note that STP will fund a speaker for more than $1200 travel reimbursement when special circumstances exist (e.g., international speaker, necessary accommodations). A total of 6 awards are funded each year, with two deadlines for submission as described below.

Submission Due Date

Funding will be awarded twice a year, with application due dates of April 1 and October 1 each year. Three grants will be awarded for each due date, with the October deadline funding grants for conferences taking place the following calendar year and the April deadline funding grants for conferences taking place the same calendar year. Applicants may submit for either or both deadlines; if an applicant submits for the October deadline and is unsuccessful in securing funding, they may resubmit for the April deadline, provided their conference is scheduled for some date after that April deadline.

Criteria for Proposal Submission

Proposals should not be longer than 2 single-space pages and should include the following sections:

1.     Applicants' names and contact information (e-mail address and telephone number)

2.     Title and dates of the conference

3.     History of the conference – number of years it has been in existence, attendance rate over the past 3 years (if that information is available), and expected impact on the community

4.     Total conference budget including funding sources

5.     Names and affiliations of proposed speakers (of the conference coordinator’s choice)

6.     Justification to the committee for selection of your conference and choice of speaker(s)

The committee will review proposals according to the following criteria:

a) Reach and Impact of Conference: Given the limited number of conference speaker grants available, STP strives to support conferences whose reach is wide and/or significant to attendees. Applications should explain who the target participants are and how the conference will make a meaningful impact. For example, a conference may have meaningful impact due to including a large number of attendees, by promoting connections among attendees with diverse levels of experience (e.g., graduate students, early-career instructors, experienced instructors) or from diverse institutions (e.g., high school teachers, instructors from 2-year and 4-year institutions, instructors from graduate institutions), or by meeting unique needs (e.g., providing training for specific populations, to meet specific regional needs, for specific topics/courses within teaching of psychology). 

b) Connection to Mission of STP (see Specifically, applications should explain how they promote the scholarship of teaching and learning, advocacy for and professional development of instructors of psychology, and/or foster connections across academic settings. 

c) History of Past Funding: In an effort to support and promote a wide diversity of conferences and STP constituents, preference will be given to applications for conferences that have never been, or have not recently been, funded by this grant program. Applicants who have received funding through this program are still welcome and encouraged to apply, but in the event of applications of equal quality, selection will prioritize new conferences over those that are more well-established and/or previously funded.

d) Overall Application Quality: Applications will be evaluated in terms of clarity and completeness. Applications should clearly communicate the purpose, structure, needs, budgeting, etc., of the conference.  

Send applications in a digital format to:

Courtney Rocheleau, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Campus Box 054
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362
Phone: 303.556.2851

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