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Research in community psychology is differentiated by its goals, its methods, and the topics addressed. It is action oriented, with the overarching goal of leading to real change in our institutions, communities, and societies. The Research Council is responsible for the SCRA Research Scholars Program
The SCRA Research Council is delighted to announce the application period for the 2020 SCRA Research Scholars Program, formerly known as the Research Fellows Program. this period begins on Thursday March 5th and continues through Friday May 1, 2020. A primary goal of the SCRA Scholars Program is to advance the research careers of untenured community psychologists to help them successfully obtain tenure. Ultimately, the SCRA Research Council seeks to enhance the intellectual contributions and increase the number of articles authored by community psychologists in community psychology journals. The untenured community psychologists who may apply for the Research Scholarship may include but are not limited to community, community clinical, community social, community organizational, community health and community developmental psychologists. SCRA members who are tenure-track faculty in community psychology graduate programs, other graduate programs in psychology that include community psychology, or other graduate programs in public health, social work or education that include community psychology are eligible for the SCRA Research Scholarship. Priority is given to untenured faculty in doctoral programs in or including community psychology as they will be mentoring those most likely to become community psychology faculty.
Two major methods will be used to assist tenure-track SCRA members. First, SCRA Research Scholars may receive up to $2,500 for research expenses over the time they are Research Scholars, i.e., one to two years. Funding will be for research and professional development expenses and will become available once Scholars have selected a mentor and have developed a professional development plan for their time as Scholars. Second, Scholars will have a senior community psychology researcher mentor them on their research plan, progress and related matters for the duration of the Scholarship and perhaps beyond. Mentors will have interests that complement those of the Scholars and a commitment to facilitating others’ professional development. Those who are most likely to be successful mentors for SCRA Research Scholars are those community psychologists who have robust research careers including experience publishing articles in quality journals and obtaining external funding for their investigations. They will also have had some experience with research mentoring. Other forms of support such as cohort calls on topics of shared interest may be developed with the mutual agreement of the Research Council and Research Scholars.
SCRA members who meet the criteria for application are strongly encouraged to apply. Each applicant must submit:
Applicants need to arrange for the head of their academic unit, dean or department head or chair, to write a letter that speaks to the benefit this Scholar appointment would be to the applicant and to the community psychology training program or the community psychology training effort in the academic unit. Moreover, the letter should speak to the value of the proposed work to the applicant’s academic unit. Also, the letter should indicate what specific research funding and other support the academic unit will offer the applicant during her/his/their time as an SCRA Research Scholar in addition to support already committed to the applicant and to other untenured faculty on the tenure track in the applicant’s academic unit.
Selection Process and Considerations
The applications will be reviewed by the SCRA Research Council. Considerations for selecting Scholars fall into three categories: applicant qualities, Scholar plans and benefits, and setting support and benefits.
Applicant –What qualities does the applicant bring to the Research Scholar role? These qualities may include:
Research Scholars-What are the applicant’s plans for the term of the Scholar appointment and what benefits will the Scholar appointment offer the applicant? These include:
Context-How will the setting value, benefit from and support the Research Scholar appointment? This includes:
Support from, value and benefit to the applicant’s academic setting- department and/or college- in the form of a letter from the head of the tenure granting unit-chair/head or dean. In this letter, the head of the academic unit should indicate what support, financial and otherwise, will be provided an applicant, over and above what is currently provided and anticipated, should the applicant become an SCRA Research Scholar.
We anticipate each year at least two new SCRA Research Scholars will be selected and previous and current SCRA Scholars may continue their mentoring relationships. The Research Council reserves the option of offering fewer Research Scholar appointments if the applicant pool does not yield appropriate candidates. On the other hand, we may offer more unfunded, mentored Research Scholar appointments if the applicant pool yields more than 2 very talented candidates.
The application deadline for all materials including the letter from the academic unit head is May 1, 2020. All application materials should be submitted to: email@example.com . Questions regarding the SCRA Research Scholars Program may be addressed to Chris Keys at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jack Tebes at email@example.com . We anticipate that Scholar applicants will be informed of the selection decisions on or before June 15, 2020 and that Scholar appointments may begin starting July 1, 2020.Download the Research Scholars Application Form Here