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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.

Program Goals
• 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.

Funding Specifics
• Annual grants of $2,000–$10,000
• Grants can be submitted on a rolling deadline.


Eligibility Requirements
• 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.

Evaluation Criteria
• Conformance with stated program goals;
• Magnitude of incremental contribution in topic area;
• Quality of proposed work;


Proposal Requirements
• 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.

Click on the box to view the abstract or article. 

A Randomized Controlled Trial Study of an African American Adaptation of the Marital First Response Curriculum

Corey Yeager

University of Minnesota, 2018                              Awarded:  $6,000.

Attachment-Based Family Therapy for Depressed and Suicidal adolescents: Development, Research and Clinical Practice

Maliha Ibrahim

Drexel University, 2017                                          Awarded:  $6,000.

Family of Origin Predictors of Marital Outcomes Among Coptic Orthodox Christian Egyptian Couples

Christina Salama

Alliant International University, 2016               Awarded:  $2,500.

Forgiveness as a Relational Enterprise: Giving Back to You in Order to Get Back to Us

Arthur Taylor

New York University, 2014                                  Awarded:  $3,000.

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