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Scholarship Contest

Meaning Conference

Wright Foundation Scholarship (Closed)

Scholarship recipients and honourable mentions have been selected and will be announced shortly.

Wright FoundationThe concept of second wave positive psychology (PP2.0) has been in the literature since Wong (2011). Recently, empirical support for the importance of integrating negatives and positives has been reported (Ivtzan, Lomas, Hefferon, & Worth, 2015; Lomas & Ivtzan, 2015; Kashdan & Biswas-Diener, 2014).

One of the aims of the PP2.0 Summit at the International Meaning Conference 2016 is to explore the scope and contours of PP2.0 as a new framework for expanding positive psychology research and positive interventions. This scholarship contest is to encourage graduate students to get involved in this exciting and ongoing development in positive psychology.


As judged by a panel of adjudicators, the winners will receive the following scholarships to present at the International Meaning Conference 2016 in Toronto. Part of these cash prizes will be used to cover the registration fee for the all-inclusive package ($380 CAD early bird; $440 CAD regular).

  • First Prize: $1,000 CAD
  • Second Prize: $800 CAD
  • Third Prize: $500 CAD

As well, three honourable mentions will receive free conference registration for the all-inclusive package (valued at $380 CAD early bird; $440 CAD regular). All six winners will have the opportunity for oral presentations at the conference and subsequent publication in our journal or proceedings.


All graduate students are invited to submit their papers. Papers must be submitted to no later than 11:59 PM on April 30, 2016. Include the words “Meaning Conference 2016 Scholarship” in the subject line. Each paper must either be authored by (1) one graduate student OR (2) one graduate student as the first author and a supervisor as the second author. 

  • Deadline for submission: April 30, 2016
  • Notification of results: Before May 20, 2016

Submission Guidelines

Students must submit a 1000-word paper with a 200-word abstract.

For the time being, the following principles of PP2.0 should be sufficient as a guide for graduate students to submit an entry. Submissions may be based on empirical research, theoretical formulation, or clinical case studies, as long as they are related to any of the following principles, which are informed by humanistic values, existential insights, and ancient cultural wisdom:

  • PP2.0 advocates a humble science that recognizes the validity of different paradigms of truth claims to understand the complexity and paradoxes of human existence. Thus, PP2.0 emphasizes the importance of not just quantitative methods but also qualitative methods.
  • PP2.0 advocates the Taoist dialectic Yin-Yang principle, which recognizes the bright side of the dark side, as well as the dark side of the bright side. That is, PP2.0 highlights the importance of the dark side of human experience in building resilience and flourishing.
  • PP2.0 asserts that much can be learned about well-being by incorporating insights from indigenous cultures.
  • PP2.0 hypothesizes that the universal human capacity for meaning-seeking and meaning-making offers us a double blessing—a buffer against stress and adversity and a road to authentic happiness and spiritual wellbeing.
  • PP2.0 proposes that it is not only important to identify one’s signature character strengths but also to further develop character strengths, and that certain strengths are important for all people, such as human dignity, courage, and compassion.
  • PP2.0 hypothesizes that personal and cultural contexts matter in well-being research. Thus, the same rating score of 5 on a 7-point scale of life satisfaction is qualitatively different for those whose lives are going well and those who are facing adversities.

Submissions do not have to specifically fall into one of the above six areas, as long as students can make a case that their submissions are related to the broad mandate of PP2.0.