The Foundation for the Contemporary Family provides financial support for innovative research that enhances our understanding of contemporary families and relationships or the clinical practice of couples and family therapy. We encourage applications from individuals or topics that represent diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation. The FFCF Dissertation Grant is awarded to doctoral students from APA approved Psychology Graduate Programs or AAMFT approved PsyD Marital and Family Therapy programs.
The program awards grants for graduate student dissertation projects that focus on innovative aspects of contemporary families/couples/relationships or research designs that advance the field of couples or family therapy. Projects that advance theory, assessment, or clinical practice in these areas are eligible.
• Advance the field of couples or family therapy through empirical, methodological, or theoretical contribution; enhance the understanding of the evolving nature and issues of contemporary families and the expanding types of modern relationships.
• Encourage talented students toward careers in specified areas.
• Annual grants of $2,000–$10,000
• Grants can be submitted on a rolling deadline.
• Doctoral level graduate student in psychology or marital and family therapy enrolled full-time and in good standing at an accredited APA or AAMFT approved university;
• IRB approval must be received from the principal investigator’s institution before funding can be awarded if human participants are involved.
• Conformance with stated program goals;
• Magnitude of incremental contribution in topic area;
• Quality of proposed work;
• Description of proposed project to include goal, relevant background, target population, methods, budget, anticipated outcomes, and dissemination plans;
• Format: not to exceed 10 pages (1 inch margins, double-spaced, no smaller than 10 point type);
• Timeline for execution
Below are a few examples of awarded dissertation grants.
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University of Minnesota, 2018 Awarded: $6,000.
Drexel University, 2017 Awarded: $6,000.
Alliant International University, 2016 Awarded: $2,500.
New York University, 2014 Awarded: $3,000.