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Mark Brandt to receive SAGE Young Scholar Award

Mark Brandt recently received the SAGE Young Scholar Award at the Congress of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in Atlanta, USA. Mark is an associate professor at the Department of Social Psychology at the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences (TSB). His research examines how ideological and moral beliefs – such as political ideology, religious fundamentalism, and moral conviction – influence attitudes and behaviors and provide people with meaning.

At least five awards are presented each year to young scholars representative of the broad spectrum of personality and social psychology research areas. These awards recognize outstanding young researchers in personality and social psychology. The awardees will receive a one-time award of $ 5,000 to be used at their discretion for research, study, or conference travel-related purposes, as well as a complimentary one-year SPSP membership.


The Sage Young Scholar Awards recognize outstanding achievements by young scholars who are early in their research careers. The awards are intended to provide these scholars with funds that can be flexibly applied in extending their work in new and exciting directions. Previous recipients of this award have gone on to positions of intellectual leadership in the field. Because these awards are highly sought after, receiving a Sage Young Scholar Award is recognition of both accomplishment and potential.

Significant impact

Candidates must be between 3 to 7 years into their first academic faculty position (but not including post-doctoral training) by October of the year in which they are nominated. Candidates should have demonstrated exceptional individual achievements in social and/or personality psychology (broadly defined), conducting research that places them at the forefront of their peers. Criteria include innovation, creativity, and potential to make a significant impact on the field.

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