Foundation News

Awards and Grants Applications Being Accepted

Apply for the Gerson Memorial Grant

The Randy Gerson Memorial Grant advances the systemic understanding of couple and/or family dynamics and/or multi-generational processes. Eligible work is that which advances theory, assessment, or clinical practice in those areas with preference given to projects using or contributing to the development of Bowen family systems. In 2009, one $6,000 grant will be presented to a graduate student.

Applicants must be graduate students in psychology enrolled full time and in good standing at accredited universities, not planning to receive their degrees before the 2009-2010 academic year.

The deadline is February 1. For more information, please visit here.

Grants in Reproductive Behavior and Population Studies

In 2009, APF will award two Henry P. David grants. The $1,500 research grant supports ongoing research in human reproductive behavior or related population studies. The travel grant provides up to $1,500 for an applicant to participate in an international conference or congress, with preference for an applicant who intends to deliver a presentation.

Applicants may apply for one or both grants and must be carrying out dissertation research or have no more than five years of postgraduate experience. Preference will be given to individuals using a psychological approach.

These grants are made possible through a donation by Henry P. David, PhD.

The deadline is February 15, 2009. Please visit here for more information.

Proposals Sought for LGBT Research

APF requests proposals for the 2009 Wayne F. Placek Grants. The grant program supports support scientific research that increases the general public’s understanding of homosexuality and aim to alleviate the stress that gay men and lesbians experience in this and future civilizations. In 2009, two $15,000 grants will be awarded.

Applicants must be either doctoral-level researchers or graduate students affiliated with an educational institution or a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research organization. Graduate students and early career researchers are encouraged to apply.

The deadline is March 2. For more information, visit here.

Fellowships Available in Research on Gifted and Talented Children

APF is accepting applications for the $25,000 Esther Katz Rosen Fellowships, which seek to facilitate scholarly work that aim to advance our understanding of gifted children and promote promising graduate students who want to conduct research on giftedness in children.

The Rosen Fellowships are open to graduate students who have achieved doctoral candidacy and are in good academic standing at a university in the United States or Canada.

The deadline is March 2 . For more information, visit here.

New APF Visionary and Weiss Grant Program

APF is seeking applicants for its Visionary and Weiss Grant Programs. New in 2009, one-year grants are available in amounts ranging from $5,000 to $20,000. Multi-year grants will no longer be available. Additionally, a $10,000 Raymond A. and Rosalee G. Weiss Innovative Research and Programs Grant is also available for any program that falls within APF’s priority areas.

  • APF visionary and Weiss grants seek to seed innovation through supporting research, education, and intervention projects and programs that use psychology to solve social problems in the following priority areas:

  • Understanding and fostering the connection between mental and physical health to ensure well-being;

  • Reducing stigma and prejudice to promote unity and harmony;

  • Understanding and preventing violence to create a safer, more humane world; and

  • Supporting programs that address the long-term psychological needs of individuals and communities in the aftermath of disaster.

The Visionary and Weiss grants are APF’s flagship grant programs, and applications are encouraged. The deadline to apply is March 15.

Travel Scholarships for Graduate Students

The APF Ungerleider/Zimbardo Travel Scholarships will help psychology graduate students travel to the annual APA Convention to present their research. Seven annual scholarships for graduate students will be awarded. In 2009, seven students will receive $300 to support their travel to the APA Convention in Toronto, Canada. The APA Science Directorate will administer the grants.

The deadline is April 1.Eligibility requirements and more information.

Travel Grants for Division 16 Student Affiliates

The APF Paul E. Henkin Travel Grant provides support of up to $1,000 to defer the costs of registration, lodging, and travel for student members of APA Division 16 to attend the APA Annual Convention. The program seeks to enrich the field of school psychology by supporting promising younger members and enabling them to have an experiential learning opportunity at the annual convention.

Applicants are asked to submit an application form, a letter of recommendation, a 500 word essay, and a brief curriculum vitae online at

The application deadline is April 15. For more information, visit here.

Nominate an Outstanding Clinical Health Psychologist

APF is accepting nominations for the 2009Timothy Jeffrey Memorial Award for an outstanding commitment to the field of clinical health psychology. The $3,000 award is made possible by Dr. Louise Jeffrey to honor her late husband, Dr. Timothy Jeffrey.

The award recognizes an outstanding commitment by a full-time provider of direct clinical services to the field of clinical health psychology. Nominees must spend a minimum of 15-20 hours a week in direct, face-to-face patient care, in assessment or therapy, in individual or group settings. Applicants must be fully licensed and members of APA and APA Division 38 (Health Psychology).

The deadline is May 1. For nomination information, visit Health Psychology

APF to Provide $20,000 in Pre-College Grants

In 2009, APF will grant up to $20,000 to support programs that promote psychology as a science at the high school level. The goals of APF’s Pre-College Grant Program are to:

-Reinforce the discipline of psychology as a science in secondary school curricula.

-Expand the profile of psychology as a science to attract talented high school students to pursue the discipline.

-Convey to high school students that psychological science is a tool to improve society.

-Teach students about career options that apply psychology outside of an academic setting (e.g. NASA, organizational development).

Proposals for programs must focus on supporting the education of talented high school students. For application information, visit hereThe deadline is May 1.

$5,000 Available for Stigma Research

APF is seeking proposals for graduate-level scholarly projects that use a psychological perspective to help understand and reduce stigma associated with mental illness. APF will award the $5,000 Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship in 2008 to a graduate student in psychology who is enrolled full time and in good standing at an accredited university.

The deadline is May 15. Applicants are required to submit a proposal, letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor, and CV online at For more information, visit here.