Mission and Funding
The Foundation for the Contemporary Family provides financial support for innovative research that enhances the understanding of contemporary families and/or the clinical practice of couples and family therapy. We execute this mission through a broad range of scholarships and grants, including dissertation research. For all of these, it encourages applications from individuals who represent diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation. The FFCF Dissertation Grant is awarded to pre-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 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
• Encourage talented students toward careers in specified areas.

Funding Specifics
• Annual grants of $5,000–$25,000
• Grants are awared in June and December. Submission deadlines are:
   For June: March 1
   For December: September 1

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;
• Demonstrated competence in area of the proposed work;
• 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;
• Applicant’s competence to execute the project.

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

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