The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) Graduate Student Committee is organizing an essay competition on ‘Decolonial Perspectives in Psychology’. All the graduates and undergraduates are invited to participate in the competition. The competition is aimed to encourage students to explore psychology’s legacy. To participate, write an essay in 800-1000 words which can be in analytical, critical, or reflective form. The topic should be on applications of decolonial perspectives to social issues such as poverty and immigration, racialized violence, etc. The last date to submit your entries is July 15, 2021.
This is a world-level competition and is a great opportunity to boost your knowledge. The decolonial perspectives of psychology are a taboo in the society that needs to be normalized. Participating in the contest will help you get a whole new perspective on the topics. The winner in the graduate category will get a reward of $500 and the winner in the undergraduate category will get a reward of $250. The winning essays may also be recommended for publication to SPSSI’s student newsletter.
SPSSI is a group of around 3000 scientists from psychology and related field and others who share a common interest in research on the psychological aspects of important social and policy issues. Founded in 1936, the foundation seeks to bring theory and practice into focus on human problems of the group, the community, and nations, along with the increasingly important problems that have no national boundaries.
Refer to the table below for further details:
|Organization||Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)|
|Educational Level||Undergraduates and graduates|
|Number of Awards||2|
|Nationality||Domestic and international|
|Application Deadline||July 15, 2021|
Who is Eligible?
The eligibility criteria to participate in the essay competition organized by the SPSSI is as follows:
- All candidates must be a student currently enrolled in either an undergraduate, master’s, or PhD program.
- The applicants are allowed to submit only one application at a time.
- Co-authored entries with other students are also eligible.
- Non-SPSSI members are also encouraged to participate.
- Submissions from international members studying in Global South are allowed.
- Submissions from underrepresented groups including ethnic and racial minorities, first generation college students, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, and with physical abilities are encouraged.
How to Apply?
For participating in the contest, submit an essay in 800-1000 words in APA style. The submissions can be in the form of critical, analytical, or reflective essays. The topics might include but are not limited to applications of decolonial perspectives to social issues such as:
- International development and human rights
- Racialized violence
- Poverty and migration
- Mental health and well-being
- Social justice, empowerment and liberation
- Anti-imperialist approaches to gender and sexuality.
Note: The essays must be submitted in Word document file. Click here for submissions.
The winning candidate under the graduate category will get $500 as the reward and the winner in the undergraduate category will receive $250 as the reward. The winning essay might also be recommended for publication to SPSSI’s student newsletter. The platform has a wide reach and can help you get good connections in the field and help you build a better career for yourself.
The last date to submit your application is July 15, 2021.