Grants & Awards

Patrice L. Engle Dissertation Grant For Global Early Child Development 2015

The Patrice L. Engle Dissertation Grant provides support for students interested in a career in global early child development who are from or doing research in low- or middle-income countries. The grant includes U.S. $5,000 to support dissertation research and a two-year student membership to Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). Applications must be sent via email.

Deadline: April 30, 2015
Sponsor: Society for Research in Child Development

APA Grants for International Psychologists and Psychology Students to Attend the APA Annual Convention

This award provides up to $500 to psychologists and psychology students based outside the U.S. and Canada, to be applied toward costs related to the APA convention (e.g., travel expenses or registration fees). Applications are being accepted now.  

Deadline: May 1, 2015 
Sponsor: APA Office of International Affairs

Papers, Proposals & Journals

Call for submissions: PsyCh Journal

PsyCh Journal was launched in 2012 as China's first international psychology journal. Edited by Lars-Göran Nilsson and Kan Zhang, it is the flagship journal of the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences — the only national psychology research institute in China. The journal is published twice a year and includes peer reviewed research articles, research reports and integrated research reviews spanning the entire spectrum of scientific psychology and its applications. The content includes empirical and theoretical research in psychology and interdisciplinary sciences, with topics ranging from physiological and systems perspectives to individual, group and society approaches. It is devoted to exploring basic mechanisms of the human mind and behavior and applying psychological science to improve understanding of culture and society.

Call for papers: Special Section on Culture and Biology Interplay

The editorial staff of Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology extends an invitation for manuscripts to be considered for a special section on culture and biology interplay. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology seeks to advance the psychological science of culture, ethnicity and race; and stimulate further empirical research, on basic and applied psychological issues relevant to racial and ethnic groups that have been historically underrepresented. Manuscripts including those reporting basic and applied issues related to race, ethnicity and culture are welcomed, but must attend to the focus of the call. Please view the call for papers for more information

Counselling Psychology Quarterly

Counselling Psychology Quarterly is an international interdisciplinary journal presenting empirical research articles, research-based systematic reviews and research-informed conceptual papers, which are relevant to counselling psychology as a scientific discipline and profession. The journal welcomes submissions that reflect counselling psychology articles globally, including such topics as counselling, psychotherapy, approaches to mental and psychological health that encourage a non-pathologizing and empowering approach to consumers of the services, and international issues related to training in and practice of counselling psychology. The journal is particularly keen to encourage submissions that will be of immediate practical relevance to counselling psychologists throughout the world. The journal welcomes submissions from diverse methodological and theoretical standpoints.

Translational Issues in Psychological Science (TPS)

This new APA journal, co-sponsored by APAGS, is looking for reviewers and accepting submissions for the first issues. Graduate students and early career psychologists are especially invited to participate. 

Translational Issues in Psychological Science (TPS, 2015), edited by Mary Beth Kenkel, PhD, of Florida Institute of Technology, is a unique mentoring journal that involves psychologists in training in all stages of the peer-review process. Students and early career psychologists will co-author the articles, serve as reviewers and have the chance to serve as an associate editor for one issue. 

The first volume will feature issues on the science of sleep, how psychological science can improve our classrooms, psychological and neuroscientific advances in obesity, and current perspectives in prejudice and discrimination. 

To sign up to review, psychologists in training should be enrolled in a doctoral program or serving as a postdoctoral scholar, be a member of APA or APAGS (learn more here), and have experience with peer-reviewed journals (e.g. as a reviewer, or someone who has received a decision on a manuscript submitted to a peer-reviewed journal). To start the application process to become a reviewer for TPS, upload a two-page CV highlighting your peer-review experience to the APAGS Journal Reviewer website. The CV should include your affiliation and year of training, any manuscripts that you have submitted to a peer-reviewed outlet, and any service you have as a reviewer for peer-reviewed journals or conference submissions. 

Learn more about Translational Issues in Psychological Science. Manuscripts are currently being accepted.


Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma

The Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery Certificate Program is an innovative training program offering a state-of-the-art cultural and scientific learning experience addressing the needs of traumatized persons and communities worldwide. Experts advance their practice and leadership skills in a new global community of practice. The course offers a blended learning experience with two weeks onsite in Italy followed by five months on the internet. The program is lead by an internationally acclaimed faculty. The 2015/2016 certificate program includes an onsite learning in Orvieto, Italy (Nov. 8-20, 2015) and web-based learning (November 2015-May 2016). Please visit the program website for more information.
Application deadline: July 1, 2015

Volunteer Opportunities

Health Volunteers Overseas: Mental Health Program in Bhutan

Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the availability and quality of health care in developing countries through the training and education of local health care providers. HVO is currently recruiting volunteers for its Mental Health program in Thimphu, Bhutan. This program seeks to facilitate the training of mental health students to become remote village-based providers of mental health assessment, support and medication treatment and triage of critical cases to the National Referral Hospital. Volunteers also work to strengthen existing Bhutanese Mental Health services through daily clinical service, staff training, consultation and support services. Additionally, volunteers assist in developing the mental health curriculum for staff and students, as well as educational material for patients and families that integrate western mental health and indigenous Bhutanese cultural values and techniques. Volunteers must be licensed to practice psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy or clinical social work in the United States, Canada, Australia or the United Kingdom and have more than five years professional experience. Assignments have a three month minimum. For more information, contact the program department by email or by visiting the website.

NGOabroad: Psychologists Needed Internationally

NGOabroad helps professionals enter or advance in international humanitarian work and provides customized international volunteer opportunities in Africa, Asia and South America. Currently, NGOabroad is in need of psychologists for volunteer positions in the following areas:

  • Uganda: Domestic violence 
    This is an unusual DV program that believes that to stop gender-based violence you must work with the men. They also do great work with community education; working with women and are developing the kids' program. Do you have strong clinical, outreach and/or organizational skills in DV? We need you!
  • Gulu, Uganda: Child development and behavior therapy 
    Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army abducted children and youth to become child soldiers or to make the girls sex slaves in northern Uganda from 1986 to 2007. Gulu is peaceful now. The young children that were borne out of those forced marriages (of the sex slaves), are now preteen or teenagers. They are acting out. The mothers have asked for help with behavioral interventions.
  • Tanazia: Community interventions
    This organization does a stellar job addressing the needs of their community: working with youth and children; DV; women, the disabled; prostitution; AIDS and palliative care; and drug and alcohol abuse. Substance abuse counselors are especially needed. Tanzania is a great location: a ferry from the fascinating Zanzibar and a bus ride away to the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro.
  • Sri Lanka: Community development
    This organization has many facets including counseling program and community education programs for people that may shy away from coming for counseling. Sri Lanka is a tropical island paradise.
  • Nepal: Building social services 
    From 1996 to 2006, the Maoists attempted to overthrown the monarchy that essentially kept Nepal as a feudal society. This organization has helped families of the missing or tortured. This organization fills in the gaps in social services (e.g., it helps women escape domestic violence or who have mental illness or who are vulnerable to being trafficked). If you love mountains, you will be located in one of Nepal's most beautiful locations.
  • Thailand: Dance and movement therapy
    Volunteer with innovative organization that helps youth through dance and movement therapy. They are now expanding to incorporate music and music therapy.
  • Uganda: Community organizing 
    Women's organization that works in rural villages does stellar job at mapping community strengths and needs, then designing interventions. Working in the villages will you help understand what makes Africa tick. Strong skills in community organization or want to work with women? We need you!
  • Bolivia and Peru: Street youth
    Like Mongolia, people have flooded the cities, hoping to find work. There is none. All over the world, where poverty prevails, kids and youth are the ones that suffer; it is the youth and kids that are pushed to make an income for the family shining shoes. Have experience working with children, youth and families, or in child protection? We need you!
  • Morocco: Refugees and women
    Morocco is a crossroads where refugees and immigrants from sub-Sahara Africa push their way into Europe. Women are second class citizens who have been excluded from education. Come teach literacy and women their rights. Morocco is also a fascinating place to gain insight into Islamic culture and wander the old medina's souks.

Both seasoned professionals and students needed. Interested? Please visit the NGOabroad website  and then send a briefly answered questionnaire and resume to NGOabroad.These are volunteer opportunities. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


The Karolinska Institutet Center of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (KIND) Seeks Psychologists to Participate in an Expert Survey 

The Karolinska Institutet Center of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (KIND) in Sweden seeks health professionals in psychology for a worldwide expert survey that will be conducted as part of a larger project to develop ICF Core Sets for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ICF (The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health) was developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to provide a comprehensive, universally accepted framework for the description of health-related functioning. ICF Core Sets are subgroups of ICF categories that are selected to capture those aspects of functioning that are most likely to be affected by specific health conditions. The objective of the expert survey will be to explore the experts' perspective on challenges and problems that patients with ADHD and ASD typically face in their daily lives. To be eligible for the survey, psychologists must:

  • Have at least five years of experience in the treatment of individuals with ADHD or ASD.
  • Speak English fluently. 

For more information, please contact Soheil Mahdi. 

Invitation for Psychologists to Join WHO's Global Clinical Practice Network for the ICD-11 Revision

The World Health Organization (WHO) is currently developing the next version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), scheduled for approval in 2015. Professional psychologists are invited to register and participate in internet-based field testing through WHO's Global Clinical Practice Network (GCPN). The results from these field studies will be used to improve the clinical utility and global applicability of the ICD-11 chapter on Mental and Behavioural Disorders. By joining this network, participants will review materials, offer feedback about ideas or concepts that WHO is developing, and be guided through a selection of questionnaires, case-vignettes and/or other materials that are computer accessible. Once registered, GCPN members will receive requests for participation no more than once a month. Participation is designed to take approximately 20 minutes on each occasion. Any mental health or primary care professional who has completed training and is qualified to practice in his or her country is eligible to participate in the GCPN. Registration is currently available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish, and additional languages will be added as capacity develops. To register and participate in the GCPN, please visit the WHO GCPN website.

IIE Scholar Rescue Fund: Syrian Higher Education in Crisis

In response to the needs of academics and students impacted by the protracted conflict in Syria, the Institute of International Education (IIE) and IIE's Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis has launched the Syria Scholarship portal, which aims to connect Syrian students with scholarship opportunities abroad. The portal is now live, and students from Syria can begin searching scholarship opportunities immediately. The Syrian Scholarship portal includes listings of full and partial scholarships offered by more than 40 universities around the world for Syrian students, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. New scholarship opportunities will be added as universities continue to join the consortium. The portal also connects Syrian scholars who need assistance with IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund and universities offering to host scholars.

If you would like to offer full or partial scholarships for students or host threatened scholars, you can join the IIE Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis or make a donation to assist Syrian students.

Join the Roster of Members with Experience Outside the U.S. (ROMEO)

APA's Committee on International Relations in Psychology is seeking nominations for a roster of psychologists with international expertise outside the United States. The ROMEO database (Roster of Members with Expertise Outside the United States) cross-references psychologists by substantive and geographical areas of expertise. It will be used to nominate colleagues as speakers, reviewers and contacts for issues relevant to international psychology perspectives. APA is actively seeking entries for this database. To submit information for this resource, please fill out the online questionnaire at Survey Gizmo.

Eligible psychologists must:

  • Be experts in a substantive area of research/scholarship (have authored or co-authored at least three publications in each substantive area of expertise).

  • Have substantial experience in a geographical region outside the United States.

 Please direct any questions to the APA Office of International Affairs.

Psychology Resources Around the World

The International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) and Psychology Press launched a new global Web resource. Psychology Resources Around the World is the "go-to" site for information on the institutions, organizations and structure of psychology in every country around the world. In addition, there are pages with links to psychology networks, a compendium of ethics codes of psychology organizations, country overview articles, links to data and publication archives and more. Readers are welcomed to browse the site and suggest entries.

Participate in the Forum on Education Abroad’s Curriculum and Teaching Project

The Forum on Education Abroad has launched a new initiative to identify best practices in curriculum design and teaching abroad that will help to advance the education abroad field. Through compiling resources and best practice examples from across the curriculum, the Curriculum and Teaching Project is identifying the range of approaches to curriculum development and teaching in education abroad. The final product will be an online resource center containing a full complement of tools and information, including oral and written interviews with faculty who have taught abroad, sample syllabi and course descriptions and program profiles. Faculty who have been involved in designing and teaching an education abroad course that is notable in its structure, content, program delivery or relationship to the host country should visit the project’s website to learn how to become part of this initiative.

Help Develop Wikipedia's Women of Psychology

Leaders from APA Div. 52 (International Psychology), 35 (Psychology of Women) and 12 (Clinical Psychology) have begun a project to increase the number of eminent female psychologists represented on Wikipedia. The first stage of this project will involve creating a list of notable women who have contributed to the field of psychology. Inclusion of women psychologists from outside the United States is particularly welcome.

For more information or to nominate people for this list, visit the project's website on Wikipedia. For further questions, please contact Lynn Collins.