ISPP Early Career Scholars

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The ISPP Early Career Committee is the new name for the Junior Scholars Committee. The name was changed in July 2015 with the support from the ISPP Governing Council.

Encouraging words from ISPP President, Nick Valentino (April 2020).

Please click HERE for some words of encouragement from ISPP’s President regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on early career scholars.

Let’s talk Political Psychology!

The ISPP Early Career Committee (ECC) gives voice and visibility to the needs and interests of graduate students, junior faculty and other early career scholars within ISPP. An Early Career Scholar is a graduate student or person within eight years of having earned their degree.

Throughout the year, we keep early career scholars updated with our activities through our social media accounts and biannual newsletter. We also provide opportunities for early career scholars to contribute to our monthly blog features.

During the annual meeting, we offer personal development opportunities (roundtables and elevator pitch workshop), networking opportunities (social hour), and mentorship opportunities (mentoring lunch). More information on the ECC’s activities can be found below.

2021 Early Career Scholars Travel Awards

The global pandemic has affected research budgets and travels worldwide, therefore we will continue giving out travel awards this year, albeit in a new format.  Since traveling will not constitute an expense this year, registration costs will be the major expense for this year’s attendees.  The ECC will use this year’s Travel Awards to fund early career scholars’ conference registration fees to the ISPP 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting. Up to ~$2,500.00 USD will be allocated this year to fund the conference registration for 20 to 25 individuals. 

 Eligibility Requirements: 
1.      The applicant must be a paid ISPP member. 
2.      The applicant must be an Early Career Scholar (i.e., graduate student or person within 8 years post-graduate career).
3.      The applicant must be first or sole author on an accepted poster or symposium presentation. 
4.      The applicant must attend the 2021 ISPP annual meeting to receive the award.
5.      The applicant must not have been awarded the Travel Grant in previous years. Past winners are not eligible to submit an application.

Application Procedure and Deadline: 
To be considered for a travel award, the following materials must be submitted: 

1. A completed Travel Award Application. 
2. Your estimated registration fee based on the categories described here:
3. A non-identifying exact copy of the 250-word accepted abstract as submitted to ISPP (only one abstract per applicant). Please omit all personally identifying information (e.g., authors, affiliation) from the contents of the abstract.

Submit the application form and accepted abstract on our online application website.

Application Deadline:  March 21st, 2021 (all submitted on March 21st will be taken into consideration)

Decision Process and Notification: 
Applications will be blind-reviewed by the ECC Travel Award Committee. Decisions will be based on the excellence of the submitted conference abstract and financial needs of the applicant. Winners will be notified by e-mail no later than March 29th, 2021. This will give you two days before the presenter registration deadline.  

Award Disbursement:

Awards will be given as reimbursements to recipients at the end of the annual conference. Recipients should be prepared to submit receipts for conference registration and proof of attendance (e.g., listing of your presentation in the conference program and a video/audio recording of your presentation on the conference website). Recipients will receive the amount equivalent to their conference registration fee.

For any inquiries about the travel awards you may contact the Travel Award Committee HERE.

ISPP’s Elevator Pitch

Introducing your research concisely and compellingly

Ask yourself, “What is my research about?” If you cannot answer this in less than a minute in a clear and concise way, you need an elevator pitch!

What is an elevator pitch?

An elevator pitch is a clear, concise, and compelling description of your research which could be understood by anyone and takes no longer to say than an elevator ride. An elevator pitch can be shared informally and orally in various professional contexts.

Why an elevator pitch?

You only have one opportunity to make a first impression, and it needs to be a good one! Having a well-planned elevator pitch can take the stress out of networking and prevent you from being tongue-tied when someone asks you about your research. A good elevator pitch will make you feel more confident and encourage others to have more confidence in you. Being able to present your research in a short amount of time is an excellent skill for scholars on the job market.

ISPP’s elevator pitch workshop

At the ISPP annual conference we hold an elevator pitch event in which early career political psychologists learn how to present their research in conversation, in a brief, interesting and memorable way. At this event, you will work with senior scholar mentors to learn how to develop an effective elevator pitch. After the training, you will be given the opportunity to present your own elevator pitch and get invaluable feedback from the mentors.

The ISPP Early Career Committee (ECC) hosts several websites to support the efforts of graduate students and early career scholars in ISPP. These pages provide information regarding resources, current events and ways to get involved in ISPP activities. Links to these pages can be found below. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to e-mail the ECC. For more information on the ECC purpose and its members, please scroll to the bottom of this page.


The Early Career Committee manages a blog in order to share information and ideas related to political psychology. We encourage you to use this website to learn about upcoming events and network with other scholars.

See the most recent posts and join the conversation!

ISPP Social Media

The Early Career Committee manages the ISPP’s Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages to keep ISPP members informed of news and events related to ISPP and political psychology.

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ISPP Early Career Scholars Newsletters

The Early Career Committee disperses an e-newsletter several times each year that contains information regarding award applications, committee nominations, early career scholar events at the annual meetings and much more.

See recent ECC newsletters