Personality, Individual Differences, and Behavior Genetics | PIB

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Auke Tellegen Fellowship in Applied Personality Assessment
The Auke Tellegen fellowship is for students conducting research in applied personality assessment. Research in applied personality assessment involves the use or development of personality inventories to assess major aspects of human behavior and its correlates in clinical, forensic, occupational, or social settings. For eligibility information, please see the Department of Psychology's page on Summer Fellowships.

Thomas J. Bouchard Fellowship
Every year, the PIB program has the opportunity to give out one or more Thomas J. Bouchard Fellowships, each providing approximately $5,000 of summer support (though the exact amount changes from year to year). The purpose of the Bouchard fellowship is “to provide payments to full-time graduate students at the University of Minnesota according to the following guidelines: recipients of the award shall be full time graduate students enrolled in the area of Personality, Individual Differences, Behavioral Genetics in the Department of Psychology and working toward a degree, in good academic standing, with exceptional potential in their field.” To be eligible for this award, you should not already have summer support for 2023. Students who have previously received a Bouchard Fellowship are welcome to apply, although we will typically give preference to students who have not won the award before.

If you are eligible and interested, please submit a 1-2 page proposal describing your summer research activities, an unofficial transcript, and a copy of your CV, by email to Darian Schwietz, PIB Program Assistant, at The deadline for these applications is January 27, 2023.

Prelim and Final Oral Exam Procedures

For Prelim and Final Oral Exam procedures, please see the Ph.D. Progress Checklist within the PIB Handbook.


Intended Month of Graduation
Used by students to understand when to submit their Application for Degree based on their intended graduation month.

Exit Checklist
Explains steps that students need to take after they have successfully defended their dissertation or are leaving the University.

Career Resources

Area/Departmental Resources:

  • Graduates of the PIB Program have a variety of career pathways after graduation (ex. academic, consulting, HR, tech, etc.). For a list of specific careers that some of our graduates have begun after graduation, please see PIB's Career Database.
  • Each semester, Dr. Moin Syed teaches a one credit "Psychology Research and Professional Development Workshop". If you are interested in taking this course (PSY 8960), please contact Dr. Moin Syed ( to let him know.

University Resources:

Other Resources

  • The Association for Research in Personality (ARP) is a scientific organization devoted to bringing together scholars whose research contributes to the understanding of personality structure, development, and dynamics. Their aim is to promote scientific research, promote training and network-building, and enhance diversity.
  • The Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) is the world’s largest organization of social and personality psychologists. For networking opportunities, career guidance, job opportunities, and teaching resources, please see their webpage for additional information.
Colin DeYoung
Director of PIB & BP
N422 EltH | 624-1619
Darian Schwietz
Program Assistant
N420 EltH | 301-2702
Thu, 03/23/2023 - 13:38