Anne McDougall Memorial Award

This award was established for women committed to human service while studying at Duke University at the undergraduate or graduate level on a degree or non-degree basis.

The Award

The Anne McDougall Memorial Award provides prizes of up to $1,500 for women who pursue areas of human service by studying psychology or related fields at Duke University. The award is open to women of any age who have been accepted at Duke as undergraduate or graduate students, or women who wish to enroll in credit courses on a degree or non‑degree basis at Duke. The award honors Anne Hickmore McDougall (1879‑1964), wife of William McDougall, founder of the Psychology Department at Duke. Through her friendship, insight, and encouragement, and without public recognition, Anne McDougall supported women in the university community during Duke’s formative years. Dr. Katharine Banham (1897-1995) – Associate Professor of Psychology, and one of the founders of the Durham Child Guidance Clinic, the Duke Preschool Laboratory, and the Coordinating Council for Senior Citizens – established the endowment in 1985 to encourage women students who undertake the study of psychology or related fields. The award recognizes women whose contributions to university or community life have not been fully acknowledged.

The award may serve the following purposes:

  • allow women to resume college educations which have been interrupted,
  • enable women to change the focus of their studies,
  • assist women who have lacked the opportunity for a college education and are now ready to make a beginning, or
  • reward demonstrated participation in some form of human service for which an increased knowledge of psychology is useful.

The Anne McDougall Award provides encouragement and incentive to women who wish to pursue academic study.

The selection criteria for the award include: 

  • demonstrated interest and ability in providing service to individuals or groups,
  • integrity,
  • dependability in work, academic and social relationships, and
  • financial need.  Preference is given to returning women students for whom opportunities are limited.

Winners will be asked to report on the use of these funds and their work.

Funding Awarded for Travel or in-person events are subject to current CDC and Duke University policies and restrictions.  

Application Procedure

  • a proposal of 2-3 pages addressed to the Anne McDougall Award Committee and containing the following information: a proposed course of study and its relation to psychology and human service, an explanation of how that study builds upon previous experiences, a description of long-term goals, and a statement of financial need;
  • two letters of recommendation describing the applicant's suitability for the award;
  • a current curriculum vitae or resume outlining education and work experience.