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Master’s Thesis Award

Signup Deadline: 12-15-2023
Starts: 05-01-2024
Ends: 05-01-2024
Location: Online Opportunity


Please click Apply Today! to apply for yourself or to nominate someone else.


The Foundation for the Advancement of Human Systems recognizes scholarly achievement by recent graduates whose research study related to couples and family therapy or family therapy training.


This award may be self-nominated by an AAMFT member or nominated by another AAMFT member. Nominators must submit a proposal with the following outline:

·         Title of the project.

·         Timeframe: when initiated, when completed. This award is for studies completed during the previous academic year.

·         Have you submitted a report of this study for publication? Where and when? What is the manuscript’s current status?

·         A paper based on your study, ready for publication, including the following:

150-word abstract, statement of the problem, review of related theory and research, methodology, results, conclusions, and implications for the field of marriage and family therapy. In sum, you are to submit a paper ready for publication, with a maximum page limit of 30 pages DOUBLE-SPACED.

Selection criteria for the award include:

1.       Thesis completed in the preceding academic year.

2.      Applicant has been awarded the degree.

3.      Significance of the substantive issue for couples and family therapy.

4.      Conceptual and theoretical clarity.

5.      Soundness, sophistication, and appropriateness of the methodology, whether quantitative, qualitative, or conceptual.

6.      Importance of the substantive findings.

7.       Quality of the interpretation and discussion of the findings.

8.      Style and quality of the writings.

In the case of equally meritorious applications, consideration will be given to applicants who have demonstrated active participation in an AAMFT activity. Examples, in addition to AAMFT membership, may include such activities as volunteering at an AAMFT event, being a presenter at an AAMFT event, or a poster presentation.

Letter of Recommendation

All self-nominations require a letter of recommendation to be submitted with materials.


The award consists of:

  • An engraved plaque presented at an AAMFT event (virtual or in person).
  • Reimbursement of up to $1,000 per recipient for travel to the AAMFT event (of applicable).
  • The event registration fee will also be waived for the award recipient(s) (if applicable).

*The AAMFT Foundation will reimburse up to the total of $1,000 for economy class airfare, transportation to/from airport/hotel, meals per AAMFT allowances for the one day of the ceremony, and one night's hotel stay at one of the AAMFT event  hotels (at the special discounted rate) for the night of the ceremony. You must submit itemized receipts upon your return from the event. Alcohol will not be reimbursed.


Announcements of award winners will be distributed via the eNews and other platforms as they apply.

Volunteers Needed:

3 (3 open slots)

Experience Required:



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