Click on the following links for more information on the following grants and scholarships:

AWARDS:
Gladys Agell Award for Excellence in Research
American Art Therapy Association Research Award
Rawley Silver Research Award
Pearlie Roberson Award

SCHOLARSHIPS:
Scholarships - Overview and Instructions


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GLADYS AGELL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH

Criteria for Award:
1. The researcher must be a student member of the American Art Therapy Association, Inc.
2. An art therapist must be the principal investigator.
3. The study must be conducted in the area of applied art therapy research.
4. The research design must use a statistical measure.
5. The research must be student work completed within the past year.

Restrictions:
1. The financial award is $250.00.
2. The research results will be made available to members of the American Art Therapy Association, Inc. The method of dissemination will be determined by the Association Research Committee.
3. The submission must adhere to APA publication guidelines.

Application Schedule:
1. The deadline for submission of papers to be considered for this award will be April 1 of the year following graduation (both May and December graduates may submit papers by April 1 of the following year).
2. The Research Committee will review submissions and determine the winner prior to the annual conference.
3. The name of the winner will be announced, and the award presented at the Awards Ceremony at the annual conference.
4. Click here to access the application.

GUIDELINES FOR THE AMERICAN ART THERAPY ASSOCIATION RESEARCH AWARD

Thank you for your interest in the AATA Research Committee Award. To qualify for this award your research cannot be your thesis or dissertation; however it could be an extension or continuation of those works.  We encourage applicants in two stages of research, namely in the midst of a project (in-progress), and at the conclusion of a project (completed).  You are invited to consult with AATA’s A Guide to Conducting Art Therapy Research and the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition.

Application Deadline: 
April 1
Maximum Award:  $2,000

Your proposal should address the following points:
1. Abstract – Please limit this to a 150 word or less comprehensive summary of the project.  The abstract should describe:
  • The problem under investigation
  • The participants, specifying characteristics (age, sex, diagnosis, etc.)
  • The research method
  • The conclusions, implications, and applications.
2. Rationale – Present the specific problem under study and describe the research strategy.  Please consider the following points in this section:
  • What is the need for the project?
  • What is/are the research questions to be answered and/or hypotheses to be tested by the project?
  • How do the hypotheses or research question(s) and the research design relate to the problem?
  • What are the delimitations and limitations of the study?
  • How does the project relate to previous work in art therapy and/or related fields?
(Write a brief review of the current literature.)

3. Methods
  • Describe in detail how the project is to be conducted or was conducted; include a plan of action, timelines for accomplishing the project, and so on.
  • Setting: describe the setting in which the study takes place.
  • Participants: describe inclusion and exclusion criteria, how participants were selected, recruitment procedures, and number of participants in the study, and rationale for this number.
  • Data Collection: what measurement tools and procedures were used to collect data? Were standardized instruments used or were instruments designed for this study?  Please provide a short description of each instrument’s development, psychometric properties and appropriateness to the sample.  Link data collection methods to hypotheses/research questions.
  • Data Analysis: describe how data analysis was conducted or what statistical treatment was applied.  Stipulate minimum probability level required to support the hypothesis (es).
  • Describe the procedures in detail, including materials, special equipment or setting, protocol, etc.
  • Indicate how you obtained informed consent from your participants and attach a copy of your Consent Letter, Consent Form, and Artwork Release Form in the attachments section.
4. Results
  • Restate the hypothesis (es) or research question and present the data demonstrating whether it was or was not supported.
  • Use both tables and figures to illustrate results of statistical analysis and brief narrative explanations of results.
5. Discussion – Evaluate and interpret the results’ implications, especially in regard to your original hypothesis.  Keep in mind these questions:
  • Discuss how the results relate to previous research on the topic.
  • Discuss the significance of the study and what contributions it makes to the field.
  • Discuss the limitations of the study.
  • Discuss implications for research and practice.
  • What conclusions and implications can be drawn from this project?
6. References – Include A.P.A. style bibliographic citations for all references utilized in your submission.

7. Attachments
– Include a copy of the consent forms used in the study, approval letters from facilities where research was or is being conducted, and approval letters from Human Subjects Research Committee or IRB overseeing the project.  Include copies of published and/or un-published standardized instruments used in the project along with permission from publisher or test author to utilize the instruments in the study.  If permission to utilize participants’ artwork for education, research, and publications is not included in consent form used in study, include separate release forms for such use of artwork.

8. Submit one “blind” copy of the proposal* and one copy of the proposal with author identification.

*NOTE: A “blind” copy contains no names and no identifying information about the author(s) in the title pages, page headers, or text of the proposal. Proposals containing any identifying information or submissions that do not include one “blind” copy will not be reviewed.

Submit proposals for the American Art Therapy Association  Research Award via e-mail at info@arttherapy.org. Please put “Research Award” in e-mail subject line.

Rawley Silver Research Award

The purpose of this award is to fund an art therapy research project by a voting member of the American Art Therapy Association. The project should be conducted within an educational setting or be related to art therapy and education. Completed research, research not yet initiated but that has received approval from a review board, or research in progress is eligible.

Application Deadline: 
April 1
Maximum Award:  Between $750-$1,000 per award

QUALIFICATIONS
  1. Only voting members of AATA may apply.
  2. Individuals may submit (or be part of a submission team) for only one proposal. Multiple submissions by any researcher (individually or as part of a research team) will not be accepted.
  3. The principal researcher will confirm willingness to acknowledge financial support from American Art Therapy Association in the form of the Rawley Silver Research Grant Award in all reports, presentations, and publications related to the proposed study. The applicant will provide a plan for the dissemination of research findings and a completion date for the study (Application Form, Attachment I). 
  4. Proposals may be submitted for completed, new, or research in progress.
  5. The amount of the award, ranging between $750 and $1,000 per award, will vary according to the Association’s annual investment returns and the Association’s budget. This amount will be determined annually by the Research Committee in cooperation with the Finance Committee and the Executive Director.
RAWLEY SILVER RESEARCH GRANT AWARD EVALUATION CRITERIA
A proposal will be evaluated by reviewers when it was received by the deadline in the prescribed manner, includes a “blind” copy, and adheres to the format required.

A panel of reviewers will evaluate proposals for this Award using the following criteria:

Qualifications of the Researcher
:  The researcher is a voting member of the American Art Therapy Association and has submitted only one proposal for this Award for the current year.

Quality of the Proposed Research:
  1. Proposed topic relates to art therapy and an educational setting.
  2. Strength of rationale and value of contribution to the field of art therapy.
  3. Relevance of research to art therapy as evidenced by the literature review.
  4. Research methodology follows accepted practice for the research design.
  5. Applicable ethical standards for research with human subjects are addressed.
Plan for Dissemination:  A clear, feasible, and appropriate plan for dissemination of research findings is presented.
 
The proposal must include the following: one blind copy of the Proposal, one copy of the Proposal with author identification, and the Application Form.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Completed research, research not yet initiated but that has received approval from a review board, or research in progress is eligible. The following items must be included in the proposal: 

--Rationale
--Methodology (include IRB approval or exception to approval)
--Ethical and multicultural considerations
--Plan for dissemination
--Reference List (not included in 4-page limit)
  1. The proposal document may be a maximum of four pages (not including the Application Form or Reference List). The proposal must be submitted in A.P.A. style.
  2.  The proposal will be submitted in its entirety by e-mail to info@arttherapy.org attention: the acting Research Committee Chair/Rawley Silver Research Grant Award.
  3. The proposal will include one copy with author identification and one copy without author identification or any other identifying information such as location of study (Format, Attachment II).
  4. Proposals may be submitted for completed, new, or research in progress.Proposals will be considered for this Award when they adhere to the correct format (Attachment II) and are received by e-mail at info@arttherapy.org Attention: acting Research Committee Chair/Rawley Silver Research Award not later than midnight, April 1st of each year.
  5. Neither faxed nor mailed “hard” copies of proposals will be considered. 
  6. Members of the Research Committee or their designees will review proposals using the Evaluation Criteria. Members who review proposals must be blind to the identity of individuals submitting a proposal to ensure impartiality (that is, they must not know applicants). If committee members who can remain blind to the applicant identity are not available to review submissions, the committee Chair will invite qualified reviewers from outside the committee to review a submission. Outside reviewers will be chosen in consultation with other Research Committee members who are knowledgeable of art therapists with research expertise and able to provide a careful and thoughtful judgment on submissions.  
  7. In cases where the reviewers select a winning proposal, a representative of the Research Committee will notify the winner not later than May 15th. Others who submitted proposals will be informed of the decision of the reviewers not later than May 30th. 
GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT
The acting Chair of the Research Committee will announce the Rawley Silver Research Award recipient at the Annual Conference Award Ceremony.

APPLICATION FORM & PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS
Attachment I – Rawley Silver Research Grant Award Application Form.
Attachment II – Proposal - Format For Proposals for the Rawley Silver Research Grant Award.
PEARLIE ROBERSON SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

Pearlie Roberson was an African American artist and art therapy client. Through her art therapy work, she painted and sculpted powerful metaphors that explained how she felt about herself during certain periods of her life, her spiritual belief in Christianity, her kinship connection to her African heritage, and her feelings about the progression of her illness. As acknowledged by her art therapist, “Art-making profoundly affected Pearlie’s final months and days; it provided an avenue to her own strength that helped through dark hours of long nights. It gave her perspective and peace.”

The Pearlie Roberson Scholarship Award is specifically designed to provide financial support for an art therapy project or research project, undertaken by a Student or Professional member of the American Art Therapy Association, which targets multicultural aspects and capacities of art therapy. (Volunteer work is not applicable.) The award is based on the merit of the project proposal, not financial need. March 31, 2014 is the deadline for applying for this award. Please visit the Members-Only section of this website under Organization Forms and Information for detailed application directions and instructions.

Recipients of the award are encouraged to present the winning project at the American Art Therapy Association Annual Conference. In addition, Pearlie Roberson Scholarship Award Projects will be under consideration for placement in the American Art Therapy Association Archives.

The Multicultural Committee extends an invitation to Students and Professional members to apply for the Pearlie Roberson Scholarship Award. The award honors Ms. Roberson’s request to “remember me” and supports efforts to “explore, express, connect…to enhance the multicultural aspects of the therapeutic experience.

Please click here to access the members-only site, where you can download the application and the call for proposal.

Please click here for a list of previous recipients of the Pearlie Roberson Scholarship Award.

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW, DIRECTIONS AND APPLICATION

The American Art Therapy Association and its generous donors provide a number of scholarships annually which are presented at the Annual Conference to encourage the growth of the profession by rewarding excellence and enabling access to information and resources for the members who are selected by the Scholarship Committee. The scholarship awards process is highly competitive.

APPLICATION DIRECTIONS –
The Scholarship award applicants must be current members of the American Art Therapy Association. All applications, with full attachments must be received by April 1. Students applying for awards must be attending an American Art Therapy Association approved Graduate Art Therapy Program. Student applicants must be first or second year students and if part-time the student must be registered for at least 4 classes for the fall academic term.  Awards are granted only to active student members of the Association, except for the Pearlie Roberson Award which is also open to Professional level members as well.

DEADLINE
April 1 is the deadline for applying for all scholarships. All applications including all attachments must be mailed to the address below with the postmark of April 1st noted. Incomplete application packets and those postmarked after April 1 will not be considered.

DATE AWARDED - Scholarships are announced each year at the American Art Therapy Association Annual Conference Awards ceremony. Recipients will be notified in May about the decision on their application.

SCHOLARSHIP AWARD LEVELS – Scholarships are determined each year through the Association’s annual budget process.  The scholarship award levels are noted below after each scholarship definition requirement.

TO BE CONSIDERED COMPLETE, ALL APPLICATION PACKETS MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
  • The official academic transcript indicating the most recent university enrollment and attendance must be included with the application. Transcripts must be sent to the Association directly from the respective University or by the applicant in an unopened, official University envelope that has been sealed by the University. Be sure to allow sufficient time for the transcript request from your University to be included with the Application. No exceptions to this policy will be permitted. Mark “Transcript” and the name of the Applicant on the outside of the sealed envelope.
  • Two (2) academic or work-related signed letters of recommendation must be received in the application package. (These letters should not be sent separately from the application package as they may not arrive by the deadline and the letter may be confused with other applications.) The letters should be on the letterhead of the institution they represent and the contact of the reference should be included.
  • The applicant’s financial information should be included in the Application Package. The Financial Form is located in the members’ only section of the website and it must be completed as indicated on the form.
  • One essay, limited to two (2) double spaced typed pages that includes a brief biography and a statement of how you view your role in the future as an art therapist. Your full name, mailing address and the program and institution that you are attending should be included at the top of the essay. 
  • Documentation indicating acceptance or enrollment in an American Art Therapy Association approved art therapy program must be included with the application. This must be in the form of an Acceptance Letter or proof of enrollment in classes for the fall semester.  A list of approved Art Therapy Masters programs may be found on the web site in the Career Center at http://www.arttherapy.org/aata-careercenter.html).
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANTS (PLEASE READ):
The applicant is responsible for ensuring all documents including the completed application, the transcripts, the two letters of recommendation, the financial information, the essay, and school acceptance and attendance documentation are received by the Association by the deadline.
  • Official transcripts must be requested by the applicant from the school in sufficient time to be included in the complete scholarship application packet to be received by the Association on April 1. The transcripts should be sent in an unopened official University envelope that has been sealed by the University.
If all other materials are sent via email it is important to note on the application that the transcript is being send to arrive by April 1 to the Association. The name of the application should be marked on the transcript packet.
  • Financial Form: The applicant is responsible for sending the student financial information form to the appropriate institutions to be completed and included in the scholarship application by the April 1 deadline. The student should include the financial information form with the applications packet.
  • Letters of recommendation must be requested by the applicant, signed by the letter writer, put on letterhead, include the contact information of the reference and should be sent to the applicant for inclusion in the consolidated Application Packet.
  • Financial information forms must be requested by the applicant from the educational institution and may be sent to the applicant or the Association by the school. Transcripts and the financial information forms are the only documents that may be sent separately from the Application Packet. However, if possible, the applicant should collect all documents and send as noted above as one packet.
  • Documentation indicating acceptance or enrollment in an American Art Therapy Association approved art therapy program must be included with the application. This must be in the form of an Acceptance Letter or proof of enrollment in classes for the upcoming semester. A list of approved Art Therapy Masters programs may be found on the web site in the Career Center at http://www.arttherapy.org/aata-careercenter.html). This information must be gathered by the student and included with the application packet that is sent via email or mail.
Please do not bind or staple documents or include extraneous information with your application. The Association is not responsible for collecting information that is not included in the Application Packet; the applicant is solely responsible for ensuring that all materials are received to meet the required deadline of April 1.

All documents should be included in one application packet and mailed:

Mail:
the complete application package to

American Art Therapy Association
4875 Eisenhower Avenue
Suite 240  
Alexandria, VA  22304

If you have questions, email the National Office at info@arttherapy.org
Following is a list of all available scholarships:

American Art Therapy Association Anniversary Scholarship Fund (One  award) - Available to a student member with a current GPA of at least 3.25 who can demonstrate financial need and acceptance or enrollment in an American Art Therapy Association approved graduate art therapy program. Students receiving this award are strongly encouraged to attend the conference.    Scholarship Award $900.

Myra Levick Scholarship Fund – (One award) -
Available to a student member with a current GPA of at least 3.00 who can demonstrate financial need and acceptance or enrollment in an American Art Therapy Association approved art therapy program. Students applying for this award are strongly encouraged to attend the conference.  Scholarship Award $900.

Rawley Silver Award for Excellence – (One Award) Available to a student member whose academic record or prior experience is deemed excellent (3.50) who can demonstrate financial need and acceptance or enrollment in an American Art Therapy Association approved art therapy program. Students applying for this award are strongly encouraged to attend the conference.     Scholarship Award $900.

Cay Drachnik Minorities Fund –(One Award)  Specifically designed for the purchase of books, this fund is available to members of an ethnic minority group who can demonstrate financial need and acceptance or enrollment in an American Art Therapy Association approved art therapy program. Students applying for this award are strongly encouraged to attend the conference.  Scholarship Award $900.

The following Scholarship Awards require the recipients to be present at the Annual Conference to receive the awards:

Student Scholarship to the American Art Therapy Association Annual Conference –   (Up to three awards)   Specifically designed to provide financial support to student members so they can attend the Annual Conference. This fund is available to student members who can demonstrate financial need, acceptance and or enrollment in an American Art Therapy Association approved art therapy program and prior involvement in art as healing events. Students awarded this scholarship are required to attend the conference.   Scholarship Award per attendee $900.

Prasad Family Foundation-International Student Scholarship – (One  Award) Specifically designed to provide financial support for international student members enrolled in an American Art Therapy Association approved graduate program to attend the Annual Conference. Students awarded this scholarship are required to attend the conference. Applications must include a copy of the cover page of their passport noting the country of origin.    Scholarship Award $900.


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