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Division 15 (Educational Psychology) of the American Psychological Association invites doctoral students who are Division 15 members to apply to the Claire Ellen Weinstein Annual Graduate Student Seminar, held in-person during the 2023 APA Annual Convention in Washington, D.C.

What do seminar attendees do? How long is the seminar?

Students will hear from experts in educational psychology about developing a program of research, fostering productive working relationships, conducting translational research, and pursuing job opportunities in and beyond academia.  Students will attend mentoring sessions with leading faculty to receive feedback on their dissertation proposals and research programs as well as on their professional identity. Finally, students will have opportunities to network with senior scholars and future colleagues.

Accepted students will receive a small stipend intended to offset the costs of attending seminar events (e.g., childcare) and conference registration. Participants are expected to attend all seminar and related Division 15 events from August 1st, 2023, to the morning of August 6th. Convention dates are August 3 – 5, 2023.

Who is eligible to apply to the seminar?

Applicants must be full-time doctoral students who are in the preliminary stages of their dissertation research. Students from institutions large and small and from all domains relevant to educational psychology are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be members or student affiliates of Division 15 at the time of the convention. For information about the Division and how to join visit: Your first year of membership is free!

How do I apply to the seminar? When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is 11:59m EST on Friday, June 16, 2023.  You will find out about your acceptance the following week. A completed application requires: (a) a structured introduction, (b) a CV, and (c) a blinded document which provides a description of your dissertation research proposal. Please prepare these three items as separate documents and attach them to the application form at:  2023 Call for Applications


  1. A structured introduction (Please name this file according to the following convention: lastname_intro):   
    • Full contact information (name, institution and department, mailing address, email, and phone number).
    • The name and email address of your dissertation chair/supervisor.
    • The working title of your dissertation.
    • Dissertation timeline including proposal meeting date (month/year), data gathering period, and anticipated dissertation defense date (month/year).
    • A brief statement of your research interests (250-word limit).
    • A statement of your career goals and potential job interests after your PhD (academic and/or non-academic). (250-word limit).
  2. A CV that includes education, professional experience, publications, conference presentations, teaching, and service. Please limit the vita to 5 pages maximum.  Please name this file according to the following convention: lastname_cv.
  3. Dissertation overview. Please name this file according to the following convention: lastname_Dissertation. This document should contain the following:
    • A 100-word abstract of the proposed dissertation study (be sure to specify the methodology you intend to use).
    • A 3 to 5 double-spaced-page research proposal that describes your dissertation study. The proposal should include a working title, introduction, brief theoretical framework, problem statement, methodology, and analysis plan.


Please note, this year we are not requiring advisors/supervisors to write letters of recommendation.  Please ask your advisor/supervisor to email the conference organizers with only the following statement: “I support [Name’s] participation in the APA Division 15 Graduate Student Seminar,” to certify their support for your participation.  Please ask your advisor/supervisor to email Dr. Sara Prewett (email: [email protected]).

All application materials must be received no later than 11:59pm EST on Friday June 16, 2023. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All submitted documents must reflect original work done by the applicant and should conform to ethical guidelines for research and reporting set forth by APA.

Evaluation Criteria

Selections will be based on the quality of the submitted work and fit with Division 15.