The Department of Psychological Sciences is pleased to offer scholarships and awards to our undergraduate and graduate students.

Awards are granted on an annual basis based on student applications and/or faculty recommendations. See the list below for a full list of scholarship opportunities, descriptions, and how to apply (where applicable). For questions, please email

Undergraduate Scholarships

Kenneth Ring Scholarship

To provide scholarship support for undergraduate majors, especially those with financial need and an interest in consciousness studies.

The application period for the Kenneth Ring Scholarship is currently closed. Check back in spring 2022 to apply for the 2022-2023 academic year.

About Kenneth Ring

Ken RingThis scholarship honors Professor Kenneth Ring and his many years of dedicated service to UConn and contributions to the field of near-death studies.

Kenneth Ring (born 1935) is Professor Emeritus of psychology at the University of Connecticut, and a highly-regarded researcher within the field of near-death studies. Dr. Ring is the co-founder and past president of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) and is the founding editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies. In 1977, Kenneth Ring, a talented young professor of psychology at the University of Connecticut, read Raymond Moody's book, Life After Life, and was inspired by it. However, he felt that a more scientifically structured research would strengthen Moody's findings. He sought out 102 near-death survivors for his studies.

His research also involved the ground-breaking work of investigating near-death experiences among blind persons in his book Mindsight. He has published several near-death experience related books, including Life at Death, Heading Toward Omega (1984), The Omega Project: Near-Death Experiences, UFO Encounters, and Mind at Large (1992), and his most well-known and celebrated NDE book, Lessons from the Light (2000). He is also is a co-author of Letters from Palestine: Palestinians Speak Out about Their Lives, Their Country, and the Power of Nonviolence (2011). Ken's latest book, Waiting to Die: A Near-Death Researcher's Reflections on His Own Endgame (2019).

Application Criteria

The Fund shall be used exclusively to support the University by providing scholarship support for students enrolled in the University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
To be eligible for the scholarship(s), candidates must meet the following criteria:• Be an incoming or continuing undergraduate student enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Be an incoming or continuing undergraduate student enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Be majoring in Psychological Sciences
  • Demonstrate financial need

From those candidates that meet the criteria above, priority consideration will be given to individuals who meet the following additional criteria:
Students who enroll in University courses that demonstrate an interest in consciousness studies, which may include concepts related to such topics as near-death experiences.

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Salvatore N. Cianci, Ph.D. Scholarship

For a continuing undergraduate major or graduate student enrolled in the College, with priority for those with financial need.

The application period for the Salvatore N. Cianci, Ph.D. Scholarship is currently closed. Check back in spring 2022 to apply for the 2022-2023 academic year.

About Salvatore N. Cianci

Salvatore CianciDr. Salvatore N. Cianci received his Masters degree from the Department of Psychology at UConn in the early 1950s. He enlisted in the army infantry, where he helped redesign the target range to better simulate combat conditions by replacing stationary targets with moving targets. He used GI Benefits to enroll at the University of Michigan, where he received his PhD in 1962. Dr. Cianci then went on to do postdoctoral work at Johns Hopkins University and eventually went into federal civil service as a psychologist. He worked for years at the Department of Health and Human Services, where some of his research was on mental health and substance abuse. Dr. Cianci retired in 1994, but continued to be active in local groups dedicated to mental health and heart disease until his passing in 2016. His family wished to endow a scholarship at UConn in honor of dedication to psychology and his love of UConn.

Undergraduate Research Funding

Competitive Mini-Grant Program for Undergraduate Psychology Research

In-house grant to augment the undergraduate student research fund administered through the Department of Psychological Sciences.

Graduate Scholarships

Industrial/Organizational Psychology Graduate Fund

For fellowship to outstanding industrial/organizational graduate student.

David Zeman Memorial Scholarship

To award a scholarship to a Masters or Doctoral degree candidate in Psychology.

Isabelle Liberman Prize Fund

To provide an annual award to a graduate student for outstanding work in the psychology of language.

Maurice L. Farber Endowment

For graduate or undergraduate student in psychology with priority to those with financial need.

Skip Lowe Graduate Scholarship in Psychology

To provide financial support for a graduate scholarship in psychology.

Bond-Mosher Graduate Fellowship in Clinical Psychology

Fellowship for graduate student enrolled fulltime Department of Psychology with demonstrated academic achievement, demonstrated financial need and a demonstrated an interest in Clinical Psychology.