… is that they always seem to require a first degree in psychology. In some cases even having a postgrad degree in Psych is not enough – candidates must have a first degree in Psychology. I can sort of understand why, but given that parapsychology really crosses disciplinary boundaries all over the place, why the hell is this needed? Another great bursary (in Sweden this time) I can’t even apply for. It does not matter how much you may be up to date on experimental design, SPSS and other stats packages, and Social Science Research Methodology – coming from a different discipline excludes you.
This is very, very sad, and makes little sense. Where would JB Rhine be today? Not funded! (He was a biologist.) About three quarters of the past SPR Presidents would not apply, and not just the early ones, and of the people I know teaching parapsychology in UK programmes or supervising candidates today, about 20-30% would probably be excluded by these criteria.
Still, I’ll keep raising the issue on the mailing lists etc, but it is all rather depressing…