APAGS/CAPP/Division 31 SPTA Award

This award is given at each year's State Leadership Conference to recognize innovation and accomplishment in student programming and activities and is administered by APAGS.

Sponsor: APAGS, Division 31 and CAPP


This $1,500 cash award recognizes a state, provincial or territorial psychological association for superior performance in promoting graduate student development, involvement and joint APAGS/SPTA membership. This award is funded jointly by APAGS and CAPP with support and contribution by Division 31, State Psychological Association Affairs.

Additional award details and application information.


To be considered for this award, a state, provincial or territorial psychological association must have an active doctoral student membership from regionally accredited universities. Preference will be given to SPTAs that have not won this award previously.

How to Apply

Required Materials

  • A cover letter (two pages maximum/double spaced) that includes the name of the award for which you are applying, a brief summary of the nominated SPTA's membership data (i.e., number of members, student members, APA members, APAGS members) and a brief statement describing how the SPTA is committed to student development and values the contributions of graduate students. 

  • A descriptive list (two pages maximum/double spaced) of recent/ongoing student programming or activities and student involvement in the SPTA's governance, activities and advocacy efforts. 

  • A formal proposal (three pages maximum/double spaced) that includes a description of association goals with regard to enhancing graduate student development, a discussion of anticipated student initiatives and a statement indicating how award funds would be used to support future student activities.

If you are not an APAGS member at the time of submission, you may send a copy of the receipt you get when you join APAGS/APA electronically as proof of membership.

Please submit each of these items as a separate PDF file. We will not accept Word documents. Letters of recommendation (if and only if stated as a requirement above) should also be in PDF form; however, we will accept both Word and PDF versions of the letter of recommendation only.


Please note the online system will close at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the day of the deadline; all application materials must be submitted at that time. No mail submissions will be accepted. If you are not an APAGS member at the time of submission you may attach a copy of the receipt you get when you join APA/APAGS electronically as proof of your membership. Letters of recommendation may be submitted separately via email by the deadline. Submit your application online.

Please Read This Carefully

Approximately two months before an application is due, you will see this specific grant/award as a choice in the drop-down menu under "Grants" in the online submission form. Do not apply until the grant is listed in this menu as your application will not be accepted. Check back periodically if you are waiting for a chance to submit. The online system will close immediately on the due date and time. Late submissions will not be accepted. You will receive notification of your award decisions approximately two months after the due date.