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Dalmas A. Taylor Memorial Summer Minority Policy Fellowship

Next application deadline: March 1, 2021


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. The fellowship also includes participation at the SPSSI Conference, which is held in late June. Read comments from some of our fellows here. See a list of 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, 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. 


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 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, fax number (if applicable), 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. Please upload these letters with your materials or have them emailed directly to

4. Current curriculum vitae


A link will appear here when applications are being accepted for the Summer of 2021 fellowship period.

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 have recommendation letters emailed to for inclusion.   


This is an annual fellowship. Submission materials must be received by March 1. Announcements of selection for this fellowship will be made on or about April 15, 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).


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 in DC. Preference will be given to applicants who plan to apply to both programs.