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Harry and Pola Triandis Doctoral Thesis Award

The purpose of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology is to promote and facilitate research in the areas of culture and psychology. The IACCP believes that it is important to encourage high quality intercultural research at the predoctoral level. The Harry and Pola Triandis Doctoral Thesis Award is intended to honor and reward good research and to advance the early careers of dedicated researchers. Support for the award is provided by the Harry and Pola Triandis Fund that was established in 1997 (see Bulletin, June, 1997).


US$500, one year membership in IACCP, free registration at the next IACCP biennial Congress, and partial airfare to the Congress. The winner will be asked to give a presentation of his or her research at the Congress and to write a short summary for the Bulletin.

Criteria for Submission and Deadlines

Your doctoral thesis (dissertation) must be relevant to the study of cross-cultural/cultural psychology, with particular emphasis on important and emerging trends in the field; scholarly excellence; innovation and implications for theory and research; and methodological appropriateness. Doctoral theses eligible for an award must have been completed (as defined by your university) during the two calendar years ending on December 31 of the year prior to the Congress year (see table). Submissions must be received by the IACCP Deputy Secretary/General by October 30 of the year before the Congress year.

Application Procedure

Please submit a 1500-word abstract of the doctoral thesis in English. The abstract must contain no information that identifies the applicant, thesis supervisor, or institution. The abstract must include complete details of theory, method,results, and implications for the field. The abstract must be submitted electronically (email attachment, CD, disk, etc.) using a common word processing file format such as MicrosoftWord, Wordperfect, or RTF.

A letter from the thesis advisor certifying the university acceptance date of the thesis must be included. This letter must be sent directly from the supervisor to the Deputy Secretary-General. The letter may be sent electronically or by post. Please provide the supervisor’s email address.

The application cover letter must include complete applicant contact information, including an address or addresses through with the applicant can be contacted during the evaluation process, including telephone numbers, fax number, and e-mail addresses.

Following a preliminary evaluation, finalists will be asked to send copies of their complete doctoral thesis, in the language in which it was written, to the evaluation committee.

Send application materials to:  Deputy Secretary-General (see Officers section of web site)

 Previous Winners 
2000 Candan Ertubey, University of Luton, United Kingdom Bulletin September, 2000
2002 Samar Zebian, American University of Beirut Bulletin June-Sept, 2002
2004 Fran Brew, MacQuarie University, Sydney, Australia Bulletin December, 2004
Judit Arends-Tóth, Tilburg University, The Netherlands Bulletin March-June 2005
2006 Arief Darmanegara Liem, National University of Singapore Bulletin December 2006
2008 Randal Horton, University of Chicago Bulletin, 2010
2010 Emma Buchtel, University of Tilburg, The Netherlands Bulletin, 2011
2012 C.-Melanie Vauclair, Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand Bulletin, 2013
2014 Michael Boiger, University of Leuven, Belgium
2016 Jia He, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Title: The General Response Style From A Cross-Cultural Perspective
Supervisor: Fons van de Vijver
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