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The American Psychological Foundation seeks nominees for prizes, grants and fellowships.

The APF provides financial support for innovative research and programs that enhance the power of psychology to elevate the human condition and advance human potential both now and in generations to come. It executes this mission through a broad range of scholarships and grants. For all of these, it encourages applications from individuals who represent diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation.

Alexander Gralnick Research Investigator Prize

The Gralnick program awards prizes for exceptional research and mentoring accomplishments in the area of serious mental illness. Its description, application requirements, and procedures appear below.


This program recognizes outstanding work in the area of serious mental illness.

Program Goals

  • Encourage psychologists to assume a leadership role for psychology in the area of serious mental illness

  • Encourage training of future psychologists in this area

  • Advance understanding and treatment for those affected by such illnesses

Funding Specifics

  • One $20,000 prize every other year

Eligibility Requirements

  • Ph.D., Psy.D., or M.D.

  • Demonstrated research productivity in serious mental illness for a minimum of eight years

  • Significant involvement in training and development of younger investigators

  • Affiliation with an accredited educational institution or other research/treatment institution

Evaluation Criteria

  • Conformance with stated program goals

  • Magnitude of contribution to the field

Nomination Requirements

  • Statement of accomplishments to date in targeted area

  • Plan for the next five years addressing the program goals

  • Letter of recommendation supporting candidate’s qualifications with reference to the program goals

  • Copies of two seminal publications

  • Current (brief) CV

Submission Process and Deadline

Submit a completed application online at by April 15, 2010.

Questions about this program should be directed to Kim Palmer Rowsome, Program Officer, via e-mail.

Paul E. Henkin Travel Grants

The Paul Henkin Grant program funds travel awards for qualifying students through Division 16, school psychology. Its description, application requirements, and procedures appear below.


This program seeks to promote the development of students oriented toward careers in school psychology, providing grants to student members of APA Division 16 (school psychology) to help offset registration, lodging, and transportation costs incurred in convention attendance.

Program Goals

  • Enrich the field of school psychology by supporting its promising younger members

  • Facilitate growth of aspiring school psychology professionals through experiential learning opportunities afforded by the APA convention

Funding Specifics

  • Up to $1,000 annually for registration, lodging and transportation expenses

Eligibility Requirements

  • Student membership in APA Division 16

  • Demonstrated commitment to pursuit of a school psychology career

  • Those receiving any APA travel reimbursement for convention attendance are ineligible

Evaluation Criteria

  • Conformance with stated program goals

  • Demonstrated understanding of the field of school psychology, including its demands, research and application opportunities, and the value of continuing professional development for contributing to its advancement

  • Applicant’s scholarly accomplishments and potential in this field

Proposal Requirements

  • Completed application form

  • 500 word essay with reference to program goals and criteria

  • CV

  • Letter of recommendation

Submission Process and Deadline

Submit a completed application online at by April 15, 2010.

Questions about this program should be directed to Kim Palmer Rowsome, Program Officer, via e-mail.

Nominate a Colleague for $50,000 Cummings PSYCHE Prize

The 2010 Cummings PSYCHE Prize will recognize an individual whose career has expanded the role of the psychologist as a primary care provider working side-by-side with primary care physicians in organized systems of healthcare delivery.

Nominees for the $50,000 prize must be licensed practicing psychologists with a minimum of ten years of experience. They must work in an integrated primary care setting and be involved in a comprehensive medical setting rather than in a specialized program dealing with one disease or issue. Nominees must demonstrate a record of past accomplishment as well as future plans to expand the acceptance of psychologists as behavioral care providers working directly with physicians in primary healthcare systems.

The deadline for nominations is December 1. To apply, submit the following materials online at letter of nomination, including the individual’s mentoring experience, training, and development of other psychologists in the field; 1-2 page statement of accomplishments; letter, written by the nominee, indicating plans for the next five years; and a current curriculum vitae. Self nominations will be accepted.

APF Accepts 2010 Gold Medal Nominations

APF is currently accepting nominations for its 2009 Gold Medal Awards, which recognize life achievement in and enduring contributions to psychology. Awards are presented in four categories:

Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology

Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology

Life Achievement by a Psychologist in the Public Interest

Life Achievement in the Practice of Psychology

All awardees receive a gold medal and an all-expense paid trip to APA’s 2009 Annual Convention in San Diego, CA where the award will be presented.

Eligibility is limited to psychologists 65 years or older who reside in North America. Nominations should indicate the specific award for which the individual is nominated, a nomination statement that traces the nominee’s career, a current curriculum vitae and bibliography, and letters of recommendation in support of the nomination. All nomination materials should be coordinated by a chief nominator and sent in one package. There is no nomination form.

The nomination deadline is December 1. All nomination materials should be coordinated and collected by the chief nominator and forwarded in one package to:
APF Gold Medal Awards

American Psychological Foundation

750 First Street, NE , Washington, DC 20002-4242 .

For more information, visit the APF Web site.

Nominees Sought for Teaching Excellence

APF invites nominations for its 2010 Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award. The award honors a career contribution to the teaching of psychology and is named after Charles L. Brewer, PhD, whose career-long devotion and contributions to the teaching of psychology embody the purpose of the award.

Nominees must demonstrate:

  • Exemplary performance as a classroom teacher;

  • Development of innovative curricula and courses;

  • Development of effective teaching methods and/or materials;

  • Teaching of advanced research methods and practice in psychology; and/or,

  • Administrative facilitation of teaching;

  • Research on teaching;

  • Training of teachers of psychology;

  • Evidence of influence as a teacher of students who become psychologists.

The winner receives a plaque, $2,000, and an all-expense paid round trip to APA’s 2010 Annual Convention in San Diego, CA where the award will be presented.

The nomination deadline is December 1. For more information on this award, including nomination information, visit the APF Web site.

Wundt-James Transatlantic Psychology Award

The Wilhelm Wundt-William James Award for Exceptional Contributions to Trans-Atlantic Psychology recognizes a significant record of trans-Atlantic research collaboration. There is no cash prize associated with the award, but recipients receive a mounted gold medallion, which is presented at the biennial meeting of the congress of the European Federation of Psychology Associations (EFPA).

The nomination deadline is December 31. For more information, visit

Apply for the Pearson Early Career Grant

The $12,000 Pearson Early Career Grant encourages early career clinicians to work in an area of critical societal need. Pearson partnered with APF to ensure psychology addresses critical needs in society. The program's goals are to support psychology's efforts to improve areas of critical need in society, including but not limited to innovative scientifically based clinical work with serious mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, incarcerated or homeless individuals, children with serious emotional disturbance (SED), and adults with serious mental illness (SMI); and to encourage early career psychologists to devote their careers to under-served populations.

Applicants should be Psychologists with an EdD, PsyD, or PhD from an accredited university; and no more than 7 years postdoctoral.

The application deadline is December 31. To apply, submit the following materials to Detailed proposal that makes a case for the need to be addressed; describes the proposed project, methodology and the applicant’s qualifications; and includes a detailed budget and justification; Appropriate use of assessment is encouraged; Current CV; Two letters of support. For more information about this award, please visit the APF Web site.

Nominate an Early Career Psychologist

APF is accepting nominations for the $5,000 Division 29 Early Career Award, which recognizes promising contributions to psychotherapy, psychology, and the Division of Psychotherapy by a Division 29 member with 10 or fewer years of post-doctoral experience.

Nominees must demonstrate promising professional achievement related to psychotherapy theory, practice, research, or training.

The deadline for nominations is January 1 . For more information, please visit the APF Web site.

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. Work that advances theory, assessment, or clinical practice in these areas shall be considered eligible. Preference will be given to projects using or contributing to the development of Bowen family systems. Priority also will be given to those projects that serve to advance Dr. Gerson’s work.

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 2010-2011 academic year.

The deadline is February 1. For more information, please visit the APF Web site.

Grants in Reproductive Behavior and Population Studies

In 2010, APF will award the $1,500 Henry P. David Research Grant to support ongoing research in human reproductive behavior or related population studies.

Applicants must be carrying out dissertation research or not have more than 5 years postgraduate experience.

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

The deadline is February 15. Please visit the APF Web site for more information.

Grants for Early Career Women from Developing Countries

The Frances M. Culbertson Travel grant supports women from developing countries who are in the early stages of their careers by providing travel funds to attend international or regional conferences in psychology. The grant provides reimbursement for registration and travel expenses up to US $1,500. Recipients of the grant also receive a two-year affiliate membership in the American Psychological Association.

Applicants must be women from developing countries, as defined by the World Bank, who are five to ten years post-doctoral degree. Preference is given for attendance at the following conferences: International Council of Psychologists (ICP); International Congress of Applied Psychology (sponsored by the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP)); International Congress of Psychology (sponsored by the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS)); Participation in the conference program is not required.

The deadline is February 15. Please visit the APF Web site for more information.

For more information about APF’s funding programs, visit the APF Web site or contact Kim Palmer Rowsome at (202) 336-5622.