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Parapsychology Foundation is proud to announce the creation of the Annual Robert R. Coly Prize named for the Foundation’s long time Administrative Secretary and Treasurer.

Robert Coly is remembered as the one person most instrumental in managing the Foundation’s finances for the future, allowing the organization to prosper during his over-thirty-year tenure. French born, a Spitfire fighter pilot during the Battle of Britain and a mechanical engineer by training, Coly assumed his PF responsibilities with a true dedication when introduced to the field by his mother-in-law, PF’s founder, Eileen J. Garrett, and his wife, Eileen Coly. Many of our colleagues share warm memories of his Gallic charm as he seamlessly oversaw the behind-the-scenes details so important to the successful outcome of PF’s many endeavors.

In recognition of his good works and commitment to the field, this essay competition — which carries a prize of $1000 — has been created to encourage incoming and current undergraduate college and university students who have sufficient interest in the field to understand its complexities and help conceptualize its future, even if they aren’t in a parapsychology degree program.

Applicants must show determination, academic ability, and a sincere interest in the field by providing one copy of their high school or college transcript, two letters of recommendations from individuals who know their abilities and their interest in parapsychology, and by writing an essay of 1000 to 1500 words that addresses the topic “The Challenge of Parapsychology.”

Applicants are drawn from around the world but the essay, application form, and letters of reference must be written in English. Application forms are available on paper and in Adobe Acrobat PDF format by emailing Completed applications and accompanying materials may be submitted by post, fax or email to the Parapsychology Foundation.

The deadline for receipt of all application materials is October 15th of each year. The Coly Prize winner will be notified on or around November 1st. The winning applicant will receive a check for $1000. The essay will be published in a special section of the Foundation’s educational website,, along with a short biography.

The inauguration of the Robert R. Coly Prize enlarges the suite of Parapsychology Foundation grants and scholarships designed to support students interested in parapsychology throughout their educational experience. From the Charles T. and Judith A. Tart Research Award of $500 for undergraduate and graduate students with specific research goals, to the Robert R. Coly Prize of $1000, to the Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship of $3000 for undergraduate or graduate students who are enrolled in accredited parapsychology degree programs and/or who are completing masters or doctoral programs with research projects that include parapsychology, and to the Frances P. Bolton Fellowship of $3000 which supports the continued work of Ph.Ds. whose doctoral research included parapsychology, these four awards aid worthy students at particular stages in their careers, and/or can provide sequential support for those exceptional students who begin with an undergraduate research project and continue on through the Ph.D.



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