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