Graduate Student Ethics Prize

The APA Ethics Committee and the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students sponsor this annual prize for a graduate student paper on psychology and ethics.

Deadline: January 2, 2015

Sponsor: APA Ethics Office


The APA Ethics Committee and the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) are pleased to announce the 14th annual prize for a graduate student paper on psychology and ethics. The honoree will receive $1,000, a round trip ticket to APA's 2015 Annual Convention in Toronto, plus three nights of hotel accommodation and convention registration. The prize will be presented at a convention session.

  • The prize is open to APAGS members enrolled in a psychology graduate program at the time the paper is submitted and who are in good academic standings.

  • "Psychology and ethics" is defined broadly, to include any empirical or theoretical paper that examines psychology and ethics in relation to science or research, practice, education, public interest or theory of ethics. The paper must indicate why its particular focus is worthy of attention.

  • Submissions must be written in APA style and may not exceed 25 double-spaced pages (including tables and references).

  • Submissions must include an abstract.

  • Submissions may not have been previously published or submitted for publication.

  • It is expected that authors will receive assistance from faculty advisors. Such assistance must not be sufficiently extensive for the faculty member to merit authorship on the paper. The student author(s) must be able to claim sole authorship. Jointly-authored student papers are acceptable. In the case of a jointly-authored paper, one prize will be awarded.

  • Although papers written for ethics courses are acceptable, it is generally the case that course papers require considerable additional work to warrant serious contention for the Ethics Prize, which is normally awarded to a paper of publishable or near-publishable quality.

  • Papers will be judged based upon quality and originality of ideas, clarity of analysis and expression and adequacy of literature review.

How to Apply

Please submit two copies electronically by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015

  • One copy should indicate name and contact information, including name of academic program, an email address and telephone number.
  • The second copy should have no identifying information. Submissions that do not have a second, unidentified copy will not be accepted.

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. 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. The winning paper will be announced by April 30, 2015. 

Questions about the prize? Send a message by email with subject heading "Question about 2015 writing prize."

Past Recipients

Lauren Kois, MA


Angela Haeny and Christine Paprocki


Rachel M. Wasserman


Rachel Winograd


John-Paul Legerski and Sarah L. Bunnell (co-authors)


Starla Armstrong


Zachary W. Adams and Sara E. Boyd (co-authors)


Keren Lehavot


Rebecca Schwartz


Juli B. Kramer


Dhruvi Kakkad


Craig Fisher


Nancy K. Lewis