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Dalmas A. Taylor Memorial Summer Minority Policy Fellowship

Please note that for the summer of 2021, the fellowship will be virtual, with the option to convert the fellowship to an in-person experience if conditions allow. Application deadline: March 15, 2021.

ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP

This fellowship honors 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 Program at the American Psychological Association and in increasing APA’s attention to the inclusion of people of color.

This fellowship is funded by SPSSI and administered in conjunction with APA Public Interest Government Relations and the APA Minority Fellowship Program. It provides an opportunity for a graduate student of color to work on public policy issues for an entire summer.

Read comments from some of our fellows here. See a list of past fellows here.

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A FELLOW

The fellowship will look a little different in the summer of 2021 than in past years. Since the Taylor Fellowship is likely to be virtual in 2021, the program will emphasize participation in a range of policy activities with concrete deliverables. In addition to attending virtual congressional hearings and briefings, and other federal policy-focused events (e.g., virtual meetings at federal science agencies and among policy coalition members), the Taylor Fellow can expect to:

  • Draft a policy brief for an upcoming SPSSI-sponsored congressional seminar on Capitol Hill
  • Write one or more blog posts for SPSSI’s “Sound Science, Sound Policy” blog, which is published by PsychologyToday
  • Write one or more newsletter columns for SPSSI’s member e-newsletter, The Forward
  • Plan one or more policy-focused webinars for SPSSI members and the broader social justice-minded APA community
  • Participate virtually in SPSSI summer conference events
  • Conduct background research and draft policy materials alongside APA Public Interest Government Relations staff
  • Participate virtually in APA’s Minority Fellowship Program Summer Psychology Institute

ELIGIBILITY

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 a member of an ethnic minority group (including, but not limited to, African American, Alaskan Native, American Indian, Asian American, Latinx, 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.

AWARD AND CRITERIA

The summer fellowship runs 8-12 weeks, and while the timing is flexible, we recommend that fellows aim to begin the fellowship no later than early June. The summer stipend is $3,000. The fellow also attends SPSSI summer conference events and the APA Minority Fellowship Program Summer Psychology Institute free of charge.

If conditions allow for an in-person fellowship experience: SPSSI will reimburse the fellow up to $1,500 for relocation to DC and/or living expenses in DC. (Note: The fellow will be responsible for making their own housing arrangements.)

The application should include:

1. A cover page stating your name, institution, address, telephone number, and email address.

2. A statement (of no more than 1,000 words) with detailed information that includes:
     (a) the reason for your interest in this fellowship;
     (b) your current and previous research experiences;
     (c) an indication of your interest in ethnic minority psychological issues; and
     (d) a statement of how this fellowship would contribute to your career goals.

3. Two letters of recommendation

4. Current curriculum vitae

HOW TO APPLY

Click here to submit an application.

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 awards@spssi.org. 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 have recommendation letters emailed to awards@spssi.org for inclusion.   

DEADLINE

This is an annual fellowship. Submission materials for 2021 must be received by March 15. Announcements of selection for this fellowship will be made on or about May 1, with an expected start date in late May or early June (depending on the fellow's academic schedule and upon mutual agreement with the SPSSI and APA fellowship directors).

IMPORTANT NOTE

All applicants for the Dalmas Taylor Fellowship are strongly encouraged to also apply for the APA Minority Fellowship Program Psychology Summer Institute, which takes place in July (and will be virtual in 2021). Preference will be given to applicants who plan to apply to both programs.

QUESTIONS?

Please contact SPSSI Policy Director Sarah Mancoll at smancoll@spssi.org