Psychology Scholarships and Funding Opportunities

Central Michigan University and the Department of Psychology offer funding opportunities through grants, awards and scholarships. Please review the application forms for specific criteria and contact us at 989-774-3001 or if you have any questions.

Grants and awards

Joanna M. Russ Memorial Grant

The School Psychology Program in the Department of Psychology invites applications for the Joanna M. Russ Memorial Undergraduate Research and Presentation Grant. This grant is made possible by the family and friends of Joanna M. Russ to support her research interests. These grants provide funding to offset costs associated with a student's research or creative project or presentation of the results of such project. Activities considered for support include printing of questionnaires, postage, copying costs, supplies, project-related travel, and travel to a professional conference to present the results. Grant funds may not be used for wages or promotion/advertising.  

Criteria: Undergraduate student supervised by a faculty member for research being conducted. Recipients must present their work at the annual Student Research and Creative Endeavors Exhibition (SRCEE), held at the end of the spring semester. See application form for additional details about project eligibility.
Award Amount: Varies

Grant Application

Additional grant opportunities


Please use the following scholarship application form for all of the department scholarships.

Scholarship Application

Anne Miller-Quimper Memorial Award

The Anne Miller-Quimper Scholarship Award was established in 1991 by friends and family in memory of Anne Miller-Quimper (1940-1980), an alumnus of the school psychology program, to support thesis and dissertation research of school psychology graduate students.

Criteria: Scholarship awarded annually to support thesis or dissertation research.

  • Graduate students (specialist or doctoral) in the school psychology program.
  • Study involves working with children from birth to age 5, children or youth from diverse ethnic, racial, or low-income backgrounds, or studies involving students with low-incidence disabilities.

See application form for additional details about project eligibility.
Award Amount: Varies


Alphonsus P. Niec, Ed.D.,​ Memorial Award for Applied Research in Child & Family Intervention

Criteria: Student must be enrolled in a masters or doctoral program within the realm of human services or social and behavioral sciences (e.g., clinical psychology, school psychology, education) at Central Michigan University.

  • Student must have a cumulative GPA in their program of at least 3.70.
  • Student must be engaged in research likely to have a positive impact on the lives of at-risk children and families in at least one of the following domains: behavioral functioning, emotional or relationship functioning, and school adjustment/achievement.

See application form for additional details about project eligibility.
Award Amount: Varies

James and Catherine Steinmetz Graduate Scholarship

The James and Catherine Steinmetz Graduate Scholarship was established by Joseph E. and Sandra S. Steinmetz in honor of Joseph's parents. Joseph E. Steinmetz, Ph.D., earned a B.S. in Psychology (1977) and an M.A. in Experimental Psychology (1979) from Central Michigan University.​ He has held numerous faculty and administrator appointments, including executive vice president and provost at The Ohio State University and, most recently, chancellor of the University of Arkansas.

Criteria: The Steinmetz scholarship is awarded to graduate students in experimental psychology, studying neuroscience, within the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences.

Award Amount: Varies

McNair Scholars Program

Criteria: The McNair Scholars Program is for low-income and first-generation college students and/or underrepresented students interested in getting a Ph.D. The McNair program helps students get into graduate school through providing a research experience, GRE training and professional development.

Deadline: October

Wilbert Wright Endowed Memorial Award

Scholarship awarded to a first-generation college student with a major in psychology.

  • First-generation college student with full-time enrollment status.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Intended for purchase of textbooks or other non-tuition expenses.

Deadline: March
Award Amount: Varies

College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences scholarships and awards

Additional funding opportunities available to students within the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences can be found on the college's Scholarships & Awards website