APA-USNC International Travel and Mentoring Program

The goal of this program is to support U.S. psychologists and psychology students to attend the 30th International Congress of Psychology (ICP2012) in Cape Town, South Africa on July 22-27, 2012, through development of a mentoring program for international networking and exchange.

Sponsors: APA Office of International Affairs; US National Committee for Psychological Science; National Science Foundation


The goal of this program is to encourage international research networking, collaboration, and exchange by:

  1. Supporting Student and Early-Career psychologists to attend the 30th International Congress of Psychology (ICP2012) in Cape Town, South Africa to present their research and develop international collaborations and networking.

  2. Supporting Mid-Senior Career psychologists with international research and collaboration experiences to attend ICP2012 and serve as mentors.

Funding for Student and Early-Career psychologists up to $1,500 ($200 for Congress registration and $1,300 for transportation), and funding for Mid-Senior psychologists is $1,000 ($400 for Congress registration and $600 for transportation).

Student and Early-Career awardees will be paired with Mid- and Senior-level psychologists who have experience in international research and collaborations. As mentors, they will support the development of networking, international contacts, and collaborations. See ICP 2012 for more information about the Congress.

Award Criteria

Funding for the Congress registration is provided by APA. All awardees must provide a receipt for their Congress registration. If not yet available, please provide it as soon as it is received by the Congress organizers. Funds for registration will not be disbursed without such confirmation.

Funding for travel is provided by a grant from two programs of the National Science Foundation: (1) Perception, Action, and Cognition, and (2) Social Psychology. In accordance with the terms of this grant, NSF funding will only be used for participants whose work is in the purview of these programs; applicants must attach a statement describing how their work is under the purview of the research supported by these programs.

The Perception, Action & Cognition program supports research on perception, action and cognition, as well as the development of these capacities. Emphasis is on research strongly grounded in theory. Research topics include vision, audition, haptics, attention, memory, reasoning, written and spoken discourse, motor control, and developmental issues in all topic areas. The program encompasses a wide range of theoretical perspectives, such as symbolic computation, connectionism, ecological, nonlinear dynamics, and complex systems, as well as a variety of methodologies including both experimental studies and modeling. Research involving acquired or developmental deficits is appropriate if the results speak to basic issues of perception, action, and cognition.

The Social Psychology program supports basic research on human social behavior, including cultural differences and development over the life span. Among the many research topics supported are: attitude formation and change, social cognition, personality processes, interpersonal relations and group processes, the self, emotion, social comparison and social influence, and the psychophysiological and neurophysiological bases of social behavior.

Travel awards will not exceed the least expensive economy fare to Cape Town during the dates of the ICP2012, from the international airport closest to the awardees home. Awardees are permitted to choose any mode or class of travel they wish, however, the award will not exceed the reference figure determined above. Applicants are expected to use a US-based carrier unless it can be shown that a foreign carrier provides a less expensive fare.


Student and Early-Career Applicants must:

  • Be enrolled at or employed by a U.S. institution,

  • Be graduate students in psychology or early career psychologists (0-10 years post-doctorate),

  • Do research in areas supported by the National Science Foundation: Perception, Action & Cognition or Social Psychology,

  • Make a commitment to attend the ICP2012 and participate in discussion and networking activities prior to, during, and following the Congress.

Mentor Applicants must:

  • Be employed by a U.S. institution,

  • Have experience in attending international scientific meetings,

  • Do research in areas supported by the National Science Foundation: Perception, Action & Cognition or Social Psychology,

  • Be willing to serve as mentors and donate time to interact with mentee(s) prior to, during, and following the Congress.

All applicants must:

  • Agree to report to APA the amount and source of any financial support received for registration or transportation other than that from APA,

  • Agree to notify APA and to return in full any award from APA if the Congress is not attended,

  • Agree to submit to APA by September 28, 2012, a written report on the applicant’s participation and observations at the ICP2012 with the understanding that this report may be included in whole or in part in reports by APA to the NSF.

How to Apply

Applications for 2012 are closed.

Application Requirements 
  • Application form

  • Response sheet (as specified in application form)

  • Statement describing work that is central to the research conducted by the NSF Perception, Action, and Cognition program or to the NSF Social Psychology Program

  • Curriculum vitae

Application Forms

Electronic Submissions
Please put "APA-USNC Travel and Mentoring Program" in the email subject line. Send submission to the APA International Office.

Paper Submissions
Send application form, response sheet, and CV to:

Sally Leverty
APA-USNC Travel and Mentoring Program
Office of International Affairs
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC, 20002-4242, USA