The Catholic University Department of Psychology is pleased to announce the initiation of the Rahill Dissertation Research Award program.

The Department of Psychology will provide a limited number of Dissertation Research Awards for graduate students who are candidates for a Ph.D. in Applied Experimental Psychology. Funds will be awarded to students to support non-personnel costs directly associated with their dissertation research project, including travel. The number of awards granted will depend upon the number of applications and available funds. The typical award is expected to be around $500 to $2,000.

Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis. 

To be eligible, students must:

  1. Currently, be enrolled in the Applied Experimental Ph.D. program.
  2. Have had their 2-page dissertation topic proposal approved by the Department of Psychology faculty and submitted to the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.
  3. Have submitted the project for CUA IRB approval if the project requires such approval.

To apply, students should submit:

  1. A completed “Rahill Dissertation Research Awards Application Form” 
  2. The 2-page dissertation topic proposal.
  3. A 1-page (maximum) summary of the funds requested, why these funds are needed to support the study, and a detailed budget for how these funds will be used.

Students should submit electronic copies of each of these application materials to Vince Bunuan (, Academic Specialist, and Nancy Adleman (, AE Program Director. 

Students will be informed of the outcome of their application within 1 month of the submission deadline.