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ISSBD Research and Travel Grants

ISSBD offers a number of funding opportunities to foster the strengthening of developmental research around the world. Learn more about current activities supported by ISSBD and its partners.

  1. Early Career Scholars Travel Grants
  2. ISSBD Developing Country Fellowships
  3. ISSBD-JJF Mentored Fellowships for Early Career Scholars

Early Career Scholars Travel Grants

Early Career Scholars, members who have received a graduate research degree (e.g., PhD) within the seven years prior to each Biennial Meeting or who are in a graduate program leading to such a degree, may be eligible to apply for travel grants to join preconference workshops and attend the ISSBD Biennial Meeting.

Further information is available on the 2016 Biennial Meeting website (

ISSBD Developing Country Fellowships

The ISSBD Executive Committee has approved a continuation of the successful Developing Country Fellowships (DCFs) scheme. The aim is to encourage sustainable development of activities congruent with the aims of ISSBD in developing countries, and assist the professional development of early career scholars in such countries. Each DCF provides free conference attendance at ISSBD (including economy air fare and a subsistence allowance), a support grant of $1,500 per annum for the duration of the Fellowship, starting in the September immediately following the ISSBD conference and support from a Mentor.

Fellows should be early career researchers (that is, normally within 10 years of their first or higher degree), and must be a member of ISSBD (at least once selected as a Fellow). They should have a post in a host country that is a developing country as defined by ISSBD membership criteria (so entitled to a reduced membership fee), and normally they should be a citizen of this host country.

Watch an introduction to the fellowship awards below, and find out more about the DCFs scheme here.

2014 DCF update

2014 has seen the third tranche of applications for this popular scheme.

  • In 2009/10 we had 20 applications, and selected three Fellows (who successfully completed in 2012).
  • In 2011/12 we had 15 applications and selected four Fellows (who successfully completed in 2014).
  • In 2013/14 we had 22 valid applications, from various countries - Cameroon, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lithuania, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The DCF panel comprised Peter Smith (Chair), Catherine Cooper, Sylvia Koller, Anne Peterson and Suman Verma. Taking account of 5 criteria: Academic Scope; Practical Outcomes; Use of Support Grant; Challenges to Success; Sustainability. They recommended 3 candidates, who were approved by the ISSBD Committee.

Meet the ISSBD DCF Fellows

Current ISSBD DCF Fellows:

  • Yuri Arsenio Sanz Martinez, from University of Holguín “Oscar Lucero Moya”. Holguín, Cuba.
    Topic: Emotion and Emotion Regulation in late adolescents with suicide behaviour.
    Mentor: Silvia Koller
  • Irina Crumpei, from Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iasi, Romania
    Topic: The School Dropout Epidemic - in Search of a Treatment.
    Mentors: Silvia Koller, Suman Verma
  • Lazarous Ndhlovu, from University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia.
    Topic: Effects of HIV status and linguistic medium on the test performance of rural low-literacy adults: implications for Neuropsychological test development in Zambia.
    Mentors: Anne Petersen, Robert Serpell

Their project plans were presented at the ISSBD meeting in Shanghai, together with ‘final’ Posters from the four previous Developing Country Fellows: Joseph Lo-Oh (Cameroon), Maureen Mweru (Kenya), Guangheng Wang (China), and Guilherme Wendt (Brazil).
The new Fellows receive a Fellowship of $1500 per annum for 2 years, subject to satisfactory progress; and will attend the 2016 conference in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Past ISSBD DCF Fellows:

  • Maureen Mweru, Kenyatta University, Kenya.
    Research project: “Bullying in Kenyan Schools: Causes, Impact and Possible Intervention Strategies”.
    Mentor: Peter Smith
  • Guilherme Wendt, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Brazil
    Research project: “Do parental practices predict cyber bullying outcomes on adolescent behaviour? An analysis of mediator and moderator effects related to peer victimization in the internet...”
    Mentor: Peter Smith
  • Guangheng Wang, Shanghai Changning District Institute of Education, China
    Research project: “The active ingredient of effective classroom for children from kindergarten to elementary school in urban area in China.”
    Mentor: Suman Verma
  • Joseph Lo-Oh, University of Buea, Cameroon.
    Research project: “Generation X in Cameroon: “No Where to Go … But Everywhere to Go …” in the Twenty Somethings … A Study of Emerging Adults in Cameroon.”
    Mentor: Catherine Cooper
  • Noel Malanda, Maseno University, Kenya.
    Intervention promotion strategies for HIV/AIDS prevention among the youth in secondary schools in Emuhaya district, Kenya.
    Mentors: Suman Verma, Anne Petersen.
  • Bestern Kaani, University of Zambia, Zambia.
    Reading in transparent and opaque orthographies: Effects of English and Chitonga languages on reading outcomes in Zambia.
    Mentor: Malt Joshi
  • Lauren Gail Wild, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
    Grandparental involvement and adolescent adjustment in South Africa.
    Mentor: Peter Smith.

ISSBD-JJF Mentored Fellowships for Early Career Scholars

The ISSBD and the Jacobs Foundation share an interest in developing the careers of early career scholars from all parts of the world, including currency-restricted countries, and have established a fellowship program for this purpose. The target groups are students who intend to pursue a doctorate in developmental research, or who have recently enrolled in a doctoral program at their home institution. The ISSBD-JJF Fellowship includes mentorship, financial assistance, and opportunities for travel to further develop students’ research skills. In particular, it provides: (a) transnational mentorship by ISSBD members who will work in partnership with the students’ local supervisor; (b) a monthly stipend of up to US$ 1500, depending on living expenses in the country of residence; and (c) the opportunity to apply for additional travel grants to facilitate institutional exchange. The language for mentoring is English. Half of the fellowships are reserved for students from currency-restricted countries.

Current ISSBD-JJF Fellows

  • Lavinia Elena DAMIAN, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania
  • Rafael Vera Cruz de CARVALHO, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Given HAPUNDA, Tilburg University, The Netherlands/The University of Zambia, Lusaka
  • Jenny ORTIZ MUÑOZ, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil/National University of Colombia, Bogota
  • Yang YANG, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA/China
  • Jennifer MORACK, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • Sara Amalie THOMMESSEN O´TOOLE, City University London, UK/Denmark
  • Rukmen SEHMI, University of London, UK
  • Marit Inger SLAGT, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • Jessica Elizabeth TEARNE, The University of Western Australia



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