Research

DSC00077.JPG Research in community psychology is differentiated by its goals, its methods, and the topics addressed. It is action oriented, with the overarching goal of leading to real change in our institutions, communities, and societies. The Research Council is responsible for the SCRA Research Fellows Program

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SCRA Research Fellows Program Announcement

The SCRA Research Council is delighted to announce the creation of the SCRA Research Fellows Program. The primary goals of the SCRA Fellows Program are to advance the research careers of untenured community psychologists to help them successfully obtain tenure. Ultimately, the SCRA Research Council seeks to enhance the intellectual contributions and increase the number of articles authored by community psychologists in community psychology journals. Specifically, the main goal of the SCRA Research Fellows Program is to help SCRA members who are tenure-track or research faculty, who if successful qualify for tenure-track appointments at their current institutions, obtain tenure. The untenured community psychologists who could apply for the Research Fellowship may include but are not limited to community, community clinical, community social, community organizational, community health and community developmental psychologists. SCRA members who are faculty in community psychology graduate programs or graduate programs that include community psychology are eligible for SCRA Research Fellowship.


Two major methods will be used to assist tenure-track or research track SCRA members. First, SCRA Research Fellows will receive up to $5,000 for research expenses over the Fellowship period of one to two years. Funding will be for research and professional development expenses and will become available once Fellows have selected a mentor and have developed a professional development plan for the period of the fellowship. Second, Fellows will have a senior community psychology researcher mentor them on their research plan, progress and related matters for the duration of the Fellowship and perhaps beyond. Mentors will have interests that complement those of the Fellows and a commitment to facilitating others’ professional development. Those who are most likely to be successful mentors for SCRA Research Fellows are those community psychologists who have robust research careers including experience publishing articles quality journals and obtaining external funding for their investigations. They will also have had some experience with research mentoring.

SCRA members who meet the criteria for application are encouraged to apply. Each applicant must submit:

  • A completed SCRA Research Fellow Application Form
  • A Research Fellowship Proposal. The applicant’s Research Fellowship Proposal should be no more than 4 pages single spaced and should include the activities to be undertaken and the time commitments involved. It should also offer a persuasive rationale that these activities and time commitments are appropriate for: (1) developing particular kinds of expertise the applicants seeks and (2) enhancing the applicant’s research program in a way that will increase the applicant’s likelihood of obtaining tenure. More generally, the proposal also should succinctly speak to how the applicant’s research career will make a scientific contribution to the field of community psychology.
  • A current Curriculum Vita
  • The names and contact information of three references who can speak to the applicant’s research ability and potential to make meaningful scientific contributions to community psychology.
  • Three exemplary publications that illustrate the applicant’s best scientific work in community psychology and related areas of scholarship

Applicants also need to arrange for the head of their academic unit, dean or department head or chair, to write a letter that speaks to the benefit this fellowship would be to the applicant and to the community psychology training program or effort in the academic unit. More specifically, the letter should speak to the value of the proposed work to the applicant’s academic unit. Also, the letter should indicate what research support the academic unit will offer the applicant during her/his Fellowship period.

Selection Process and Considerations

The applications will be reviewed by the SCRA Research Council. Considerations for selecting fellows fall into three categories: applicant qualities, fellowship plans and benefits, and setting support and benefits.

Applicant –What qualities the applicant brings to the Research Fellowship. These qualities may include:

  • Untenured faculty member on the tenure or research track with community psychology research interests and a pathway to tenure in a community psychology graduate program or a graduate program that includes community psychology at an institution of higher education
  • Research program and record to date
  • Work in the research pipeline and future promise for making a scientific contribution to the field
  • SCRA member and SCRA involvements 
  • Performance on other grants and fellowships
  • Contribution to diversity including but not limited to race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and disability

Research Fellowship-What are the plans for the fellowship and what benefits will the fellowship offer the applicant. These include:

  • Overall goals for the Research Fellowship
  • Methods of seeking those goals
  • Mentoring relationship envisioned including mentor expertise, mentoring activities, expertise mentee seeks to acquire from mentoring, nature and frequency of mentoring interactions for two active people, barriers to effective mentoring (e.g., distance and busy schedules) and addressing how they might be overcome.
  • Mentors: The applicant may know one or more mentors whom s/he thinks will be very appropriate and if so can mention them in their application. Alternatively, the applicant may know the kind of expertise sought but not specific people. In the latter instances the Research Council will help anyone once selected as a Research Fellow obtain an appropriate mentor. The Research Council will prioritize being a Fellow of SCRA and similar signs of a robust research career in community psychology in selecting experienced, talented research mentors. 
  • Benefits anticipated from the funding and from the mentoring dimensions of the Research Fellowship for the applicant’s research career Context-How the setting will value, benefit from and support the Research Fellowship. This includes: Support from, value and benefit to applicant’s academic setting- department and/or college- in the form of a letter from the head of the tenure granting unit-chair/head or dean.

We anticipate each year two new SCRA Research Fellows will be selected and previous and current SCRA Fellows may continue their mentoring relationships.

The application deadline for all materials including the letter from the academic unit head is November 1, 2018. All application materials should be submitted to: researchfellows@scra27.org. We anticipate that Fellow applicants will be informed of the selection decisions on or before December 14, 2018 and that Fellowships may begin starting January 2, 2019.

Download the Research Fellow Application Form Here