The Hogg Foundation is supportive of quality research that deepens our understanding of both the causes of mental illness and intervention models and approaches that promote mental health, wellness and recovery. The Frances Fowler Wallace Memorial for Mental Health Dissertation Award, established in 1974 to partially fund doctoral dissertation research on “the cause, treatment, cure, and prevention of mental disease, mental illness, and mental disorders,” is one example of the foundation’s commitment to utilizing its grantmaking capacity to promote rigorous, quality research in mental health.

Unlike most of our grant initiatives, scholarships and fellowships, applications for the Wallace Award are reviewed on a rolling basis and may be submitted at any time. The award provides up to $1,500 for research-related expenses. Doctoral students at The University of Texas at Austin are eligible to apply for the Wallace award.

Recent recipients include Tierney Ahrold Lorenz, a graduate student in the Department of Psychology, whose 2011 Frances Fowler Wallace Award helped fund her research evaluating the effectiveness of exercise in combating the side effects of antidepressant medication on sexual functioning; and Katherine Sanchez, a graduate student in the School of Social Work whose dissertation investigated the integration of primary health and behavioral health care in Texas and the U.S., a current Hogg strategic priority.

For more information about the Frances Fowler Wallace Award including proposal guidelines, go to