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Call for nominations: F. J. McGuigan Early Career Investigator Research Prize on Understanding the Human Mind

The F.J. McGuigan Early Career Investigator Research Prize is given biennially to recognize and support the efforts of an early-career psychological scientist who is pursuing research that aims to advance, either empirically or theoretically, a materialistic understanding of the human mind. The research may address any aspect of mental function (e.g., cognition, affect, motivation) and should utilize behavioral and/or neuroscientific methods.

The F.J. McGuigan Early Career Investigator Prize

  • Advances a unified understanding of the human mind/brain through empirical and/or theoretical research
  • Encourages promising early career researchers to pursue careers in related fields


One $25,000 award every other year

For grants and scholarships that are $10,000 or more, APF will make the award to the institution. APF does not allow institutional indirect costs or overhead costs. Funded researchers may use grant monies for direct administrative costs of their proposed project.

Eligibility Requirements

Nominees must:

  • Have demonstrated commitment to stated program goals
  • Be a psychologist or in a related field with a doctoral degree from an accredited university
  • Be no more than 10 years postdoctoral

Evaluation Criteria

Nominations will be evaluated on:

  • Conformance with stated program goals
  • Quality of proposed research
  • Magnitude of contribution in terms of both past accomplishments and future goals

Nomination Requirements

The following materials must be submitted online by the nominator:

  • Letter of nomination written by a senior colleague
  • Up to five page statement of accomplishments to date and plans for the next five years (written by nominee)
  • Current CV of nominee
  • Copies of two representative publications

Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Application date
1 Mar 2018
America United States Mid-Atlantic
Social sciences Psychology & Cognitive Sciences
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 10 years
Grants available
Award granted
US$ 25.000