Harry and Pola Triandis Doctoral Thesis Award

The purpose of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology is to promote and facilitate research in the areas of culture and psychology. The IACCP believes that it is important to encourage high quality intercultural research at the predoctoral level. The Harry and Pola Triandis Doctoral Thesis Award is intended to honor and reward good research and to advance the early careers of dedicated researchers. Support for the award is provided by the Harry and Pola Triandis Fund that was established in 1997.


US$1000, one year membership in IACCP, free registration at the next IACCP biennial Congress, and partial airfare to the Congress. The winner will be asked to give a presentation of his or her research at the Congress.

Criteria for Submission and Deadlines

Your doctoral thesis (dissertation) must be relevant to the study of cross-cultural/cultural psychology, with particular emphasis on important and emerging trends in the field; scholarly excellence; innovation and implications for theory and research; and methodological appropriateness. Doctoral theses eligible for an award must have been completed (as defined by your university) between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021.  Submissions must be received by the IACCP Deputy Secretary/General by October 31, 2021.

Application Procedure

Please submit a 1500-word abstract of the doctoral thesis in English. The abstract must contain no information that identifies the applicant, thesis supervisor, or institution. The abstract must include complete details of theory, method, results, and implications for the field. The abstract must be submitted via email attachment, using a common word processing file format such as MicrosoftWord, Wordperfect, or RTF.

A letter from the thesis advisor certifying the university acceptance date of the thesis must be included. This letter must be sent directly from the supervisor to the Deputy Secretary-General.

The application cover letter must include complete applicant contact information, including an address or addresses through with the applicant can be contacted during the evaluation process, including telephone numbers, fax number, and e-mail addresses.

Following a preliminary evaluation, finalists will be asked to send copies of their complete doctoral thesis in English, to the evaluation committee.

Application materials should be sent to:  

Prof. Saba Safdar

Deputy Secretary-General, IACCP


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