The William K. and Katherine W. Estes Fund invites proposals to fund advanced training opportunities in mathematical and computational modeling for psychological science in summer schools or focused workshops.
Review the Application Process for proposal requirements. Potential proposers are encouraged to contact members of the Estes Fund Committee during the initial proposal preparation process.
A summer school would provide foundational training in mathematical or computational modeling to advanced trainees (PhD students and/or postdoctoral scholars), usually over a period from a few days up to two weeks. A successful summer school might be repeated.
A workshop would be focused on a topic or method in an area of rapid recent progress and would serve trainees and also established researchers. Topics in which the Estes Fund Committee is particularly interested include:
- Cognitive architectures
- Bayesian approaches to perception and concept formation
- Machine learning for psychological modeling
- Applications of mathematical models to neuroscience.
Typically a workshop would last one to two days, and might be held in conjunction with a larger meeting. For both summer schools and workshops, participants should be selected by application rather than solely by invitation. Proposals that include a mechanism for online distribution of pedagogical materials are especially encouraged.
Mechanism of Support
Support will be provided in the form of a grant from the Estes Fund, which is jointly overseen by the Psychonomic Society and the Association for Psychological Science. Summer school proposals may budget for up to $40,000. Workshop proposals may budget for up to $20,000.
Allowable expenses include: Room costs, reasonable fees and expenses (including travel) for speakers or instructors, meals and lodging for summer school participants.
Programs will be selected in a two-stage process. The initial application consists of a brief program description, personnel list (including proposers’ CVs and websites), and a brief draft budget. The Estes Fund Committee will select a small number of initial proposals for further consideration. Only those applicants whose initial proposals are selected by the committee will be eligible to submit full proposals.
Expenses that are eligible for funding included: meeting room rental, travel and lodging for participants, audiovisual equipment rental and labor fees, food and beverage, and miscellaneous expenses such as printed matter and name badges. Honoraria for workshop speakers will not generally be approved but honoraria for summer schools may be considered. Proposers are encouraged to develop budgets that combine support from the Estes Fund with other sources when available.
The Psychonomic Society and the Association for Psychological Science are committed to scientific merit, which entails the inclusion of scientists of all genders, races, sexual orientations, countries of origin, geographical locations, and disciplinary expertise. Please critically examine your deliberations to eliminate biases that detract from our commitment to merit.
The Committee will prioritize activities that are innovative and potentially broad in impact. Proposals asking for support for well-established recurring events are less likely to be successful. Potential proposers are encouraged to contact members of Estes Fund Committee during the initial proposal preparation process.
*Full proposals will only be accepted from applicants whose initial proposals are selected by the review committee.
Closed: 2020 Estes Fund Application
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About the Estes Fund
The Estes Fund was established to honor William K. and Katherine W. Estes. Bill Estes was a giant in the fields of learning and mathematical psychology, a recipient of the National Medal of Science, and the founding editor of the journal Psychological Science, for which Kay Estes served as founding managing editor.
The Estes Fund is jointly overseen by the Association for Psychological Science and the Psychonomic Society.