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ISSBD Developing Country Fellowships

The ISSBD Committee has approved the continuation of the scheme, and applications for the 6th tranche of DCF awards will open in the second half of 2019.

The aim is to encourage sustainable development of activities congruent with the aims of ISSBD in developing countries, and assist the professional development of early career scholars in such countries. Each DCF provides free conference attendance at ISSBD (including economy air fare and a subsistence allowance), a support grant of $1,500 per annum for the duration of the Fellowship, starting in the September immediately following the ISSBD conference and support from a Mentor.

Fellows should be early career researchers (that is, normally within 10 years of their first or higher degree), and must be a member of ISSBD (at least once selected as a Fellow). They should have a post in a host country that is a developing country as defined by ISSBD membership criteria (so entitled to a reduced membership fee), and normally they should be a citizen of this host country.


Information, and an application form, are available on the ISSBD website. They can also be obtained from the Chair ( or other members of the selection panel, who can also be approached for further information or advice. Note, applications will open in the second half of 2019.

Watch an introduction to the fellowship awards below, and find out more about the DCFs scheme here.

2018 DCF update
2018 has seen the fifth tranche of applications for this popular scheme.

  • In 2009 we had 20 applications, and selected three Fellows (who successfully completed in 2012).
  • In 2011 we had 15 applications and selected four Fellows (who successfully completed in 2014).
  • In 2013 we had 22 valid applications, from Cameroon, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lithuania, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Zambia and Zimbabwe – and selected three (who completed in 2016).
  • In 2015 we had 22 valid applications from Bangladesh, Brazil, Cameroon, China, Ethiopia, Ghana,  Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Panama, Romania, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, and selected three Fellows (who completed in 2018).
  • In 2017 we had 15 valid applications from Albania, Cameroon, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Romania, South Africa and Zimbabwe. We selected three Fellows.

The DCF panel comprised Peter Smith (Chair), Catherine Cooper, Silvia Koller, Anne Petersen and Suman Verma. Taking account of 5 criteria: Academic Scope; Practical Outcomes; Use of Support Grant; Challenges to Success; Sustainability, they recommended 3 candidates, who were approved by the ISSBD Committee. Unfortunately, one successful candidate, from Ethiopia, was refused a visa to the conference in Gold Coast, Australia. He has not been able to take up the Fellowship at this time, but has been encouraged to re-apply in 2019.
Meet the new ISSBD DCF Fellows
Elected 2018:

  • Lavinia Cheie, Developmental Psychology Lab, Department of Psychology, “Babe-Bolyai” University, Republicii Str. 37, 40005, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Left behind or thriving? Different outcomes of parental migration in ‘left behind’ school-children: the role of cognitive vulnerability
Mentor: Silvia Koller

  • Joachim Nyoni, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Participatory action research project on family needs: Experiences of formal and informal support services available among Zambian parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
Mentor: Cleonice Bosa
Their project plans were presented at the ISSBD meeting in Gold Coast, Australia, together with ‘final’ Posters from the three previous Developing Country Fellows: Anilena Mejia (Panama), Laura Visu-Petra (Romania), and Stephen Asatsa (Kenya).
The new Fellows receive a Fellowship of $1500 per annum for 2 years, subject to satisfactory progress; and will also attend the 2020 conference in Rhodes, Greece.
Past ISSBD DCF Fellows:
Elected 2016

  • Anilena Mejia, Violence Prevention Lab, Institute for Scientific Research and High Technology Services (INDICASAT – AIP), Panama

Exploring risk and protective factors for youth violence and crime in Panama
Mentor: Peter Smith

  • Laura Alexandra Visu-Petra, Developmental Psychology Lab, Department of Psychology, “Babe-Bolyai” University, Republicii Str. 37, 40005, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

A cross-cultural perspective on lie acceptability across development. A proxy for actual deceptive behaviour?
Mentor: Silvia Koller

  • Stephen Asatsa, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya

Relationship between death preparedness and end of life planning during middle and late adulthood, Nairobi County, Kenya.
Mentors: Suman Verma, Anne Petersen
Elected 2014

  • Yuri Arsenio Sanz Martinez, University of Holguín “Oscar Lucero Moya”. Holguín, Cuba.
    Emotion and emotion regulation in late adolescents with suicide behaviour.
    Mentor: Silvia Koller
  • Irina Crumpei, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iasi, Romania
    The School Dropout Epidemic - in search of a treatment.
    Mentors: Silvia Koller, Suman Verma
  • Lazarous Ndhlovu, University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia.
    Effects of HIV status and linguistic medium on the test performance of rural low-literacy adults: implications for Neuropsychological test development in Zambia.
    Mentors: Robert Serpell, Julie Robinson

Elected 2012

  • Maureen Mweru, Kenyatta University, Kenya.
    Bullying in Kenyan schools: Causes, impact and possible intervention strategies.
    Mentor: Peter Smith
  • Guilherme Wendt, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Brazil
    Do parental practices predict cyber bullying outcomes on adolescent behaviour? An analysis of mediator and moderator effects related to peer victimization in the internet.
    Mentor: Peter Smith
  • Guangheng Wang, Shanghai Changning District Institute of Education, China
    The active ingredient of effective classroom for children from kindergarten to elementary school in urban area in China.
    Mentor: Suman Verma
  • Joseph Lo-Oh, University of Buea, Cameroon.
    Generation X in Cameroon: “No Where to Go … But Everywhere to Go …” in the twenty somethings … A study of emerging adults in Cameroon.
    Mentor: Catherine Cooper

Elected 2010

  • Noel Malanda, Maseno University, Kenya.
    Intervention promotion strategies for HIV/AIDS prevention among the youth in secondary schools in Emuhaya district, Kenya.
    Mentors: Suman Verma, Anne Petersen.
  • Bestern Kaani, University of Zambia, Zambia.
    Reading in transparent and opaque orthographies: Effects of English and Chitonga languages on reading outcomes in Zambia.
    Mentor: Malt Joshi
  • Lauren Gail Wild, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
    Grandparental involvement and adolescent adjustment in South Africa.
    Mentor: Peter Smith.



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