Awards Issued at the Biennial Meeting

Nominations now open for 2019 Biennial Awards!

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 prior to the meeting and the Awards Committee is responsible for officially nominating and selecting recipients. Learn more, including specific guidelines and instructions to submit nominations, 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.

Other Awards

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.

Small Grants Program for Early Career Scholars

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) is pleased to announce the winners of its small grants program for early career scholars in support of pilot or small-scale research projects. Grants of up to $7,500 were awarded on a competitive basis to 18 research projects conducted by SRCD Early Career Members who completed their degrees in the past five years, regardless of their appointment, institution or country of residence.

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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 Award

The Victoria S. Levin Award 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.