Derek Eaves Research Grant - Spring 2024 Application

IAFMHS is excited to send out a call for the Derek Eaves Student Research Grant for student members. The Derek Eaves Research Grant Spring 2024 call for applications is now open. Candidates must submit the following electronic documents (PDF) to by March 15, 2024.


Dr. Derek Eaves

The Derek Eaves Student Research Grant honors Dr. Derek Eaves’ bursary and academic contributions to the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services (IAFMHS). Dr. Eaves played a central role in the development and continuation of IAFMHS and provided support, guidance, and mentorship to many students and peers throughout his career. The IAFMHS student board awards two Derek Eaves Student Research Grants each year, in honor of Dr. Eaves’ generosity and support of student research related to forensic mental health.


The Grant

The recipient of these grants will be awarded a maximum of $500 CAD, and her or his name will be published on IAFMHS’ social media. Upon completion of research projects funded, grant recipients are required to submit a 150-word abstract to be published on IAFMHS’ social media. If requesting additional funding for a project that has been awarded before, applicants must submit a project update and can only request funding for a separate component of the original project.


Who can apply?

Eligible candidates are current[*] student members who are enrolled in a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral program in a field relevant to forensic mental health. 

Members should encourage their students to apply!



How to apply?

Candidates must submit the following electronic documents (PDF) to by the application deadline (March 15, 2024).

1. Cover sheet

    • Cover sheet should indicate the project title, name, address, phone number, and email address of the student applicant


2. Research Proposal (1000 words, excluding references)

    • Background, aims/objectives, method or procedures to be employed, knowledge translation plan, project significance and project feasibility/existing resources
    • Follow American Psychological Association’s Publication Manual (7th Ed.) style of referencing and writing
    • Include word count
    • Use 12 pt. Times New Roman or Arial font

3. Positionality Statement (200 words; required)

    • IAFMHS has a core value of promoting equity, diversity and inclusion. We encourage you to provide a little information on your background that positions you in relation to these issues. We also encourage a short statement as to the processes you intend to put in place to acknowledge this value in your research proposal (e.g., consultation with groups of interest, ensuring equity of access when recruiting, etc.). 

4. Budget

    • Budget should be detailed and outline specific amount requested. If funds requested are to supplement only a portion of the project discussed, applicants must indicate other funding sources that have been acquired.
    • Budget items typically considered for funding include (but are not limited to) payment of subjects, photocopying, purchase of testing materials, software not typically provided by universities, and electronic media.
    • The student board does not typically provide funds for computers (though peripherals may be funded), mileage, payment of research assistants or software typically provided by universities. Conference or other travel costs, office supplies or furniture, are not funded.


5. Project timeline

6. Academic CV

7. Proof of Institutional Review/Ethics Board (IRB) approval or provision of an ethics waiver if IRB approval is not necessary.


Applications will be evaluated by the Derek Eaves Research Grant Committee, chaired by Dr. Evan Lowder and comprising of members from the Board of Directors and Advisory Board. If you have any more questions about the grant, please feel free to send us an email at We are looking forward to reading your applications!


Thank you,

Derek Eaves Research Grant Committee


[*] Current means: IAFMHS student members in good standing at the time of award application and reception.



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