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Dalmas A. Taylor Memorial Summer Minority Policy Fellowship

The application deadline for the Summer 2022 Taylor Fellowship is February 1, 2022.


ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP

This predoctoral 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 doctoral student who is an ethnic minority to work on public policy issues for an entire summer.

Read comments from some of our past fellows here.

See a list of past fellows here.


A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A FELLOW

Historically, the Taylor Fellow has come to Washington, DC for the summer to work alongside SPSSI and APA policy staff and attend policy events on Capitol Hill in person. In the summer of 2021, the Taylor Fellow worked remotely because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and because many DC-based offices (including APA, SPSSI, and congressional offices) were still closed to the public and almost all federal policy business was being conducted online. At this time, we do not yet know if conditions will allow for an in-person fellowship experience for the Summer of 2022, but our expectation and hope, at this point, is that the Taylor Fellow will be able to once again come to Washington for a more immersive federal policy experience.

The Taylor Fellowship program emphasizes participation in a range of policy activities and can include a number of projects. In addition to attending congressional hearings and briefings, and other federal policy-focused events (e.g., meetings with federal agencies and policy coalitions), the Taylor Fellow can:

  • Craft a policy brief

  • Write a blog post for SPSSI’s “Sound Science, Sound Policy” blog, which is published by PsychologyToday

  • Plan a policy-focused webinar for SPSSI members and the broader social justice-minded APA community

  • Write a newsletter column for SPSSI’s member e-newsletter, Forward

As part of the fellowship, the Taylor Fellow will also:

  • Participate in SPSSI's Summer Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Meet SPSSI leaders and leaders at the intersection of the psychology and policy world

  • Conduct background research and draft policy materials alongside APA Public Interest Government Relations staff

  • Participate in APA’s Minority Fellowship Program Summer Psychology Institute


ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must be currently enrolled and in good standing in an accredited doctoral 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 doctoral 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 of 2022 (as most of Washington goes on vacation in August). The summer stipend is $3,000. The fellow also attends the SPSSI Summer Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico (June 24-26, 2022) and the APA Minority Fellowship Program Summer Psychology Institute (date TBA) 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. Your 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 SPSSI's 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 program. The application deadline for the Summer 2022 Taylor Fellowship is February 1, 2022.


IMPORTANT NOTE

All applicants for the Taylor Fellowship are strongly encouraged to also apply for the APA Minority Fellowship Program Psychology Summer Institute, which takes place in July. 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