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WAPCEPC Student Research Grant

  1. Purpose and aims
    1. WAPCEPC Student Research Grant is a form of financial assistance provided by the World Association to students whose research projects are aimed at the investigation of the Person-Centered / Experiential (PCE) approach;
    2. The main purpose of the Grant is to stimulate and support students’ research activities related to the PCE field.
  2. Eligibility
    1. Applicants must be a student at the time they apply and should maintain this student status for at least 1 academic year after the date the Grant is granted. (for example: an applicant should be at the end of year 3 of a 4 year degree, or at the beginning of year 2 of a 2 year degree).
    2. For the purpose of this Grant, a student is defined as a person enrolled in a degree granting program (e.g. Bachelor, Master, Specialist, Doctor, Candidate etc.) at an accredited institution of Higher Education.
    3. Applicants must be individual members of WAPCEPC with an active membership status for the current year.
    4. Applicants must not be a WAPCEPC board member, WAPCEPC Scientific Committee member, WAPCEPC chapter Chair or board member, PCEP Editor, or member of the Grants Committee.
  3. Selection committee
    1. WAPCEPC Board in consultation with the Scientific committee will appoint the Selection committee that should consist of experts in the field of PCE research;
    2. The committee should be diverse in terms of theoretical and research orientations represented by its members;
    3. In order to maintain efficient and timely consideration of the applications the Selection committee should not be overly extensive (e.g. 4-9 members);
    4. The Board appoints the Chair of the Selection committee and if needed the Secretary. Chair and the secretary are responsible for technical organization of the Committee’s work as well as for the communication with the applicants.
  4. Application and selection procedure
    1. The Board will announce a Call for applications at least 2 months before the deadline.
    2. Along with an application form, applicants will submit a proposal of up to 1500 words that includes the research topic, main aim of the study, short literature review, proposed methodology, hypothesis/research question, anticipated results, and potential impact on the PCE field.
    3. The Selection committee (in consultation with the Board) will develop the procedure for the evaluation of applications that meet the following criteria: reflects current and emerging debates in the field; has potential to advance research in the PCE field; may propose innovative method/s; may lead to developments in theoretical frameworks and the overall originality of the proposal.
    4. The full Selection committee must vote on the submitted applications. Depending on the number and quality of the applications (assessed using the above criteria), a decision may be taken to offer partial Grants (e.g. 1/2; 1/3 of the allocated amount) or not to offer any Grant. The latter decision should be approved by the Board.
    5. After the Grants Committee selects an application the Board will be informed. The Board will then make a formal announcement and arrange for the transfer of money.
    6. Successful applicant(s) will receive the full amount they were granted in one payment.
  5. Completion procedure
    1. At the end of the research project Grant recipients should send the outcomes of their study to the Board (e.g. dissertation, thesis, paper). If a recipient decides to publish the results of the research, the WAPCEPC Student Research Grant should be explicitly acknowledged in the paper.
    2. PCEP Journal may decide to offer recipients the opportunity to submit the results of the study as an invited paper. The submission would go through the usual peer review process.