Early Career Interdisciplinary Scholars Fellowship Program 2018

The Early Career Interdisciplinary Scholars Fellowship is a pilot program established and organized by SRCD’s Interdisciplinary Committee with a mission to connect interdisciplinary and psychology/human development scholars, providing a forum in which scientists of various disciplines can share research and interdisciplinary scientific methods. The program also seeks to promote a receptive climate for truly transdisciplinary research that will advance understanding of the complexities of child and adolescent development.


The Early Career Interdisciplinary Scholars Fellowship is designed to allow early scholars in relevant fields outside of psychology/human development to participate in the SRCD Biennial Meeting. This will provide fellows with exposure to developmental theory and research and provide them with opportunities to interact with and present their research to other researchers within the society. This bi-directional exchange is hoped to speed the flow of ideas and generate novel interdisciplinary collaborations.
If selected for the program, fellows commit to:

  • Participation in all Early Career Interdisciplinary Scholars Fellowship Program activities at the 2019 SRCD Biennial Meeting, including:
    • Breakfast with other fellows
    • Interdisciplinary Developmental Science Career Panel and Networking Reception
  • Attend the SRCD Awards Ceremony
  • Self-scheduled activity with mentor during the Biennial Meeting (e.g., attending talks, poster sessions, sharing meals, etc.)
  • Participation in 2 phone or virtual (e.g. Skype) meetings with mentor—one before and one after the Biennial Meeting.


The Early Career Interdisciplinary Scholars Fellowship are awarded each year to international students. You are strongly advised to visit this website regularly to see more fellowship opportunities.

Important Information: Applicants should note that some universities funding scholarship require that they must apply for admission to the University or be existing students of the university before they can be considered for a Scholarship. Most Universities funding scholarships are unable to consider any scholarship applications from students who have not been offered a place at the university while some other universities automatically award scholarships to international students whom have an admission offer of a place in the university. However, international organizations funding scholarships don’t require applicants to hold an offer of admission.


  • International.


United States of America (USA).


For fellows:

  • A Ph.D. or M.D. in a field outside of psychology or human development within a max. of 5 years from the Fellowship deadline. [Note: Exceptions to the time limit (up to 10 years) can be requested for individuals in disciplines that have longer training periods (e.g. MD’s), or due to other extenuating circumstances. If you are requesting an extension, please include a justification in your application.]
  • Have not been granted tenure as a faculty member
  • Must be pursuing an area of research that is related to human development and have a desire to:
    • Obtain increased exposure to developmental theory, methods, and research findings,
    • Develop or enrich collaborations with developmental scientists, and/or
    • Disseminate relevant research from within their discipline to developmental scientists.


To apply to the Early Career Interdisciplinary Scholars Fellowship Program, please include the following documents/information in your application:

  • Your CV (PDF)
  • A brief 1-2 page statement (PDF or Word doc) addressing the following:
    • Please describe your research, including your primary discipline and how your research intersects with developmental science.
    • How would you benefit from attending the SRCD Biennial Meeting?
    • How can SRCD members benefit from learning about your research?
  • Names of up to 3 suggested mentors. [Note: This is optional.]

Be sure to click the submit button at the end of the application.

The SRCD Interdisciplinary Committee co-chairs will then appoint a subcommittee of 3 Interdisciplinary Committee members who, along with the co-chairs, will review and rate all applications. The subcommittee will hold a meeting to discuss the applications and make the final selection of fellows. Applications will be evaluated based on research originality, productivity, and potential as well as the committee’s assessment of how likely the applicant is to benefit from participating in the program and to contribute to advancing the interdisciplinary mission. Efforts will be made to balance representation across different disciplines.

Following the final selection of fellows, the Interdisciplinary Committee will work together to identify and contact potential mentors for each fellow. Ideally, mentors will be senior developmental scientists conducting research in an area that is complementary to that of the fellow, and who have experience and interest in conducting research that crosses disciplinary boundaries.

Updated: December 4, 2018 — 9:54 am

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