Established in 2008 by SRCD and the Student and Early Career Council, up to ten 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. Submissions should be in the proposal stage (i.e., not completed), and money is to be used for research costs or professional development related to the proposed dissertation project.

The SECC members and the SRCD Early Career Awards Committee evaluate all submissions.  Evaluation criteria include the following:

  • Quality and feasibility of research proposal (based on significance of the research question, theoretical rationale, methodological appropriateness, and innovation)
  • Qualifications of the applicant (based on materials in CV and recommendations)
  • Extent to which the award will contribute significantly to the applicant's professional development and productivity
  • Extent to which the proposed work contributes to the field of child development.

Congratulations to the SRCD SECC Dissertation Funding Award Winners:

2016 Awardees

2015 Awardees

2014 Awardees

2013 Awardees

2012 Awardees

2011 Awardees

2010 Awardees

Applications are no longer being accepted for 2017.  Please check back here in February 2018 for details regarding next year's application submission process.