Advanced Training In Mathematical And Computational Modeling For Psychological Science

Sponsored by the William K. and Katherine W. Estes Fund. The Estes fund is jointly overseen by the Association for Psychological Science and the Psychonomic Society.

Estes Fund Request for Proposals

Initial Proposal Deadline: September 1, 2022

Final Proposal Deadline (by Invitation): December 1, 2022

The William K. and Katherine W. Estes Fund invites proposals to fund advanced training opportunities in mathematical and computational modeling for psychological science in summer schools or focused workshops. Proposed training opportunities may take place virtually or in person. The committee believes that in-person trainings have benefits not available in a virtual setting but will consider funding for a virtual event when a proposal makes a sufficiently strong case for one.

Review the Application Process for proposal requirements. Potential proposers are encouraged to contact members of the Estes Fund Committee during the initial proposal preparation process.

Summer Schools

A summer school would provide foundational training in mathematical or computational modeling to advanced trainees (PhD students and/or postdoctoral scholars), usually over a period from a few days up to two weeks. A successful summer school might be repeated.


A workshop would be focused on a topic or method in an area of rapid recent progress and would serve trainees and also established researchers. Topics in which the Estes Fund Committee is particularly interested include:

  • Cognitive architectures
  • Bayesian approaches to perception and concept formation
  • Machine learning for psychological modeling
  • Applications of mathematical models to neuroscience.

Typically a workshop would last one to two days, and might be held in conjunction with a larger meeting. For both summer schools and workshops, participants should be selected by application rather than solely by invitation. Proposals that include a mechanism for online distribution of pedagogical materials are especially encouraged.

Mechanism of Support

Support will be provided in the form of a grant from the Estes Fund, which is jointly overseen by the Association for Psychological Science and the Psychonomic Society. The committee encourages proposals with budgets up to $20,000 but will consider proposals up to $40,000 if a strong case is made for additional funds.

Application Process

Programs will be selected in a two-stage process. The initial application consists of a brief program description, personnel list (including proposers’ CVs and websites), and a brief draft budget. The Estes Fund Committee will select a small number of initial proposals for further consideration. Only those applicants whose initial proposals are selected by the committee will be eligible to submit full proposals.

Expenses that are eligible for funding include reasonable fees and expenses (including travel) for speakers or instructors; meeting room rental; travel and lodging for participants; audiovisual equipment rental and labor fees; food and beverage; technology needs relates to virtual training; and miscellaneous expenses such as printed matter and name badges. Honoraria for workshop speakers will not generally be approved but honoraria for summer schools may be considered. Proposers are encouraged to develop budgets that combine support from the Estes Fund with other sources when available.

The Association for Psychological Science and the Psychonomic Society are committed to scientific merit, which entails the inclusion of scientists of all genders, races, sexual orientations, disability statuses, countries of origin, geographical locations, and disciplinary expertise.

The Committee will prioritize activities that are innovative and potentially broad in impact. Proposals asking for support for well-established recurring events are less likely to be successful.

Submit your proposal using the online form.

About the Estes Fund

The Estes Fund was established to honor William K. and Katherine W. Estes. Bill Estes was a giant in the fields of learning and mathematical psychology, a recipient of the National Medal of Science, and the founding editor of the journal Psychological Science, for which Kay Estes served as founding managing editor.

The Estes Fund is jointly overseen by the Association for Psychological Science and the Psychonomic Society.

2021-2022 Estes Fund Committee