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ISSBD Developing Country Fellowships

The ISSBD Executive Committee has approved a continuation of the successful Developing Country Fellowships (DCFs) scheme. 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.


The ISSBD Executive Committee has approved a continuation of the successful Developing Country Fellowships (DCFs) scheme.


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.

For this new round of DCFs, applications must be received by November 30th 2017. Applications should be sent to the Chair of the Selection Panel, preferably by email, or by post (Peter K Smith, Dept. of Psychology, Goldsmiths College, New Cross, London SE14 6NW, U.K.). Decisions will be announced by January 2018. Presentations would then be made at the 25th Biennial ISSBD meeting, in Gold Coast, Australia, in July 2018.

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

2016 DCF update

2016 has seen the fourth 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 Fellows (who are completing this year).
  • 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 have selected three Fellows (below).

The DCF panel comprised Peter Smith (Chair), Catherine Cooper, Sylvia 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.

Meet the ISSBD DCF Fellows

Current ISSBD DCF Fellows:

  • Anilena Mejia, Violence Prevention Lab, Institute for Scientific Research and High Technology Services (INDICASAT – AIP), Panama
  • Laura Alexandra Visu-Petra form Developmental Psychology Lab, Department of Psychology, “Babeș-Bolyai” University, Republicii Str. 37, 40005, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
    Research project: “A cross-cultural perspective on lie acceptability across development. A proxy for actual deceptive behaviour?”
    Mentor: Silvia Koller
  • Asatsa Stephen from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya.
    Research project: “Relationship between death preparedness and end of life planning during middle and late adulthood, Nairobi County, Kenya”.
    Mentors: Suman Verma, Anne Petersen

Their project plans were presented at the ISSBD meeting in Vilnius.
The new Fellows receive a Fellowship of $1500 per annum for 2 years, subject to satisfactory progress; and will also attend the 2018 conference in Queensland, Australia.

Past ISSBD DCF Fellows:

Elected 2014

  • Yuri Arsenio Sanz Martinez, from University of Holguín “Oscar Lucero Moya”. Holguín, Cuba.
    Topic: Emotion and Emotion Regulation in late adolescents with suicide behaviour.
    Mentor: Silvia Koller
  • Irina Crumpei, from Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iasi, Romania.
    Topic: The School Dropout Epidemic - in Search of a Treatment.
    Mentors: Silvia Koller, Suman Verma
  • Lazarous Ndhlovu, from University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia
    Topic: 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.
    Research project: “Bullying in Kenyan Schools: Causes, Impact and Possible Intervention Strategies”.
    Mentor: Peter Smith
  • Guilherme Wendt, Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Brazil
    Research project: “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
    Research project: “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.
    Research project: “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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