Scholarship Program

The ATP Innovations in Testing Conference is one of the assessment industry’s largest conferences with annual attendance of more than 1,000 assessment professionals. The conference is well-known for delivering high quality, innovative content and attracting leaders in the assessment industry. To promote innovative research at the graduate level, the 2021 Conference executive committee is pleased to announce the 3rd ATP Graduate Student Research Award.

Call for Applications for the Association of Test Publishers (ATP) 2021 Graduate Student Research Award

The theme of the 2021 ATP Graduate Student Research Award is Innovations in Testing: Disruptive Technology in Large-Scale Assessments. Graduate students conducting research regarding how technology may be used to enhance or support large-scale assessments are encouraged to apply. Each graduate student will be allotted a 10 – 12 minute timeframe for their presentation. Award winners will receive a $500 award/ complimentary registration to attend the 2021 Innovations in Testing Conference taking place virtualy April 27 – 29, 2021. They will present their research project in a special conference session, live. In addition to the opportunity to showcase their research in front of assessment industry practitioners, awardees will network with professionals and meet industry mentors.

Three awards will be given at the 2021 Innovations in Testing Conference. Applications are due by midnight EST on March 1, 2021.

Award Theme

Innovations in Testing: Disruptive Technology in Large-Scale Assessments


To encourage innovative research with practical applications in large scale assessments among graduate student researchers, and to provide opportunities for graduate researchers to network with leaders in the assessment industry.

Research Themes

ATP is made up of testing organizations that serve a wide range of constituents. Research conducted by award applicants should address how new technology or data analytic advances may be used to enhance large-scale assessments in one or more of the following practice areas:

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Education
  • Industrial/Organizational
  • Licensure and Certification
  • Workforce Skills Credentialing

Eligibility Criteria

Graduate students currently enrolled in doctoral level programs are eligible to apply. Applicants must be conducting research that is directly applicable to large-scale assessments. This research award is not limited to graduate students pursuing degrees in academic disciplines traditionally associated with measurement. Graduate students enrolled in all academic disciplines with research interests applicable to large-scale assessment technology and data analytic innovations are also encouraged to apply.

Award Amount

Award winners will receive a $500 award, as well as complimentary registration to the ATP 2021 Innovations in Testing Conference convening virtually from April 27 – April 29, 2021.

Award winners must work with an assigned industry mentor for coaching in preparation for their presentation at the 2021 ATP Innovations in Testing Conference. Recipients are required to follow the guidelines of the award process and to present their research at the 2021 Innovations in Testing Conference.

Selection Process

Criteria for awards will be based on innovation of research, applicability to the testing industry, clarity of the proposal, and relevance of interest to the ATP audience. Award recipients will be nominated by the award subcommittee composed of members of the ATP Innovations in Testing Conference Executive Committee and other assessment industry professionals. Final selection of the award recipients will be made by ATP award chair and representatives from the conference exective committee.

Application Procedures

Applicants must submit the following materials to by midnight EST, Feburary 19, 2021. The award committee will not consider incomplete or late applications.

  • A cover letter
  • 1000-word summary of the research project (including description of the research purpose, methodology, results and proposed applications to large-scale assessments)
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • One letter of recommendation from the applicant’s faculty research advisor

Award Notification Timeframe

Award applications are accepted through Feburary 19, 2021. Award recipients will be notified by March 5, 2021.

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