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Dalmas A. Taylor Memorial Summer Minority Policy Fellowship

The summer 2017 Taylor Fellow, Gina Roussos, has already been selected. Applications for the summer 2018 fellowship will be accepted beginning on January 1, 2018. 


The purpose of this fellowship is to honor the memory of Dalmas A. Taylor, who passed away during his term as President of SPSSI. Dr. Taylor had been involved for many years with SPSSI. In addition, he was instrumental in establishing the Minority Fellowship at the American Psychological Association and in increasing the APA’s attention to inclusion of people of color.

This fellowship is administered in conjunction with APA and the APA Minority Fellowship Program. It provides an opportunity for a graduate student of color to work on public policy issues in Washington, DC. Read comments from some of our recent fellows here. See a list of all past fellows here.


Applicants must be currently enrolled and in good standing in an accredited graduate program in psychology or a related field. In addition, they must be members of an ethnic minority group (including, but not limited to, African American, Alaskan Native, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic, and Pacific Islander) and/or have demonstrated a commitment to a career with a focus on ethnic minority issues. Applicants should not have completed their graduate program by the time they begin the fellowship. 


The summer fellowship typically runs 8-12 weeks. Most Fellows spend the first several weeks at SPSSI and then transition to spend the last several weeks at APA. The summer stipend is $3,000. In addition, SPSSI will provide travel expenses and up to $1,500 for living expenses to relocate to Washington, DC. (Note: The fellow will be responsible for making her/his own housing arrangements.)

The application should include:

1. A cover page stating your name, institution, address, telephone number, fax number (if applicable), and email address.

2. A 3-page statement with detailed information that includes:
     (a) reason for your interest in this fellowship
     (b) your previous and current research experiences
     (c) indication of your interest in ethnic minority psychological issues
     (d) statement of how this fellowship would contribute to your career goals

3. Two letters of recommendation. Please upload these letters with your materials or have them emailed directly to

4. Current curriculum vitae


A link to the application website will appear here when we begin accepting applications for the summer 2018 fellowship on January 1, 2018. Please note that the application materials listed below may be revised between now and January 1, 2018. 

Online submissions are the preferred method. You are limited to five files to upload at any given time, and submissions must be limited to this number. At the time you submit your completed application, please also send an email to Central Office at As the subject of the email, write "Taylor application." In the body of the email include the information from your cover page.  Recommendation letters should be included with your uploaded materials if possible. If preferred, please email recommendation letters to for inclusion.   


This is an annual fellowship. Submission materials must be received by March 1, 2018. Announcements of selection for this fellowship will be made on or about April 15, 2018, with an expected start date in May or June of 2018 (depending on the fellow's academic schedule and upon mutual agreement with the SPSSI and APA fellowship directors).


All applicants for the Dalmas Taylor Fellowship are strongly encouraged to apply for the APA Minority Fellowship Program Summer Institute.  Preference will be given to applicants who apply to both. 


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