It is a tradition of SRCD that at each of our biennial meetings, several major awards are presented. A call for nominations for each of the awards listed below is presented to the general membership. The Awards Committees are responsible for officially nominating and selecting award recipients. Learn more about SRCD Awards/Research Grants, including specific guidelines and instructions to submit nominations, through the links below.


SRCD Senior Distinguished Contributions Awards

These awards recognize contributions to the field of child development in seven specific areas.

SRCD Early Career Research Contributions Awards

Early Career Research Contributions Awards were established in 2002 and are made to a person or persons (ordinarily no more than six years beyond the Ph.D. or equivalent degree) who distinguish themselves as researchers and scholars, as evidenced through research, publications, and scholarly activity.

SRCD Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Awards

This award in the amount of $500 is given for a dissertation completed in the previous year that is unusually noteworthy.

SECC Dissertation Research Funding Awards

Established in 2008 by the Student and Early Career Council, up to five non-renewable awards in the amount of $2,000 are given for dissertation research proposals that merit special recognition and display the strong potential to contribute to the field of child development.

Questions? Contact Tacarra L. Andrade at or (734) 926-0617.


Patrice L. Engle Dissertation Grant

The Patrice L. Engle Dissertation Grant for Global Early Child Development. This award will provide opportunities for junior scholars who are either from or are working in developing countries to conduct dissertation research in global early child development. The grant includes $5,000 US to support dissertation research and a 2-year student membership to SRCD.

Victoria S. Levin Grant

The Victoria S. Levin Grant for Early Career Success in Young Children’s Mental Health Research was established to honor and carry forward this special focus of Victoria S. Levin’s life work.