Grants & Awards

APA-IUPsyS Global Mental Health Fellowship

APA and the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) have announced a fellowship opportunity to begin in 2015. The APA-IUPsyS Global Mental Health Fellowship will provide an opportunity for a psychologist to spend one year at the World Health Organization (WHO), in the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, working on one or more issues related to the WHO Mental Health Action Plan. The APA-IUPsyS Global Mental Health Fellow will be assigned (seconded) to the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The fellow's specific research activities will be specified in a work plan, developed in discussion with the WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, APA and IUPsyS. Appointment of the fellow will be subject to approval by WHO, and approval of Fellowship funding in December 2014.

Deadline: Dec. 30, 2014
Sponsor: APA and IUPsyS

APA Travel Grants for U.S. Psychologists to Attend International Conferences

APA's Travel Grants for U.S. Psychologists to Attend International Conferences will provide funding for conference registration fees at international conferences held outside the United States and Canada. APA and APAGS members are eligible to apply.

Applications are being accepted now for 2015 conferences.
Deadline: March 31, 2015
Sponsor: APA Office of International Affairs

Psychology of Black Graduate Student Women Award

The Psychology of Black Women (Section I) of the APA’s Society for the Psychology of Women (Div. 35) sponsors the Graduate Student Award to recognize the work of a black woman graduate student in psychology. 

Deadline: April 5, 2015  
Sponsor: Div. 35, Section I   

Papers, Proposals & Journals

Call for papers: IV International Congress on Dual Disorders

The "IV International Congress on Dual Disorders: Addictions and Other Mental Disorders" will take place in Barcelona, Spain, from April 17-20, 2015. It is organized by the Spanish Society of Dual Pathology (Sociedad Española de Patología Dual, SEPD). Visit the conference website for more information.

Deadline for oral communications and posters is Nov. 16, 2014.

International summit before APA convention

"From International to Transnational: Transforming the Psychology of Women" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Aug. 4-5, 2015. The goal of this international summit is to foster new directions in the psychology of women through exploration and awareness of international perspectives. The summit's programming will include speakers, work groups and a poster session social hour. What makes this summit unique is its action-oriented approach — work groups comprised of women in different stages in their careers will be formed to develop specific products (e.g., a book, special journal issue, undergraduate and graduate curriculum, policy, best practices guide, etc.) and long-term goals that promote the transformation of the psychology of women. Please visit the summit website for more information.

Deadline to submit proposals is Jan. 15, 2015.

World Psychological Forum 2015 call for abstracts: E-posters with brief oral presentation

The organizers of the World Psychological Forum 2015 invite psychologists, economists and political scientists, academics and researchers from all fields of applications and backgrounds to submit e-posters to the "Crossroads of Interdisciplinarity" forum to be held in Prague, Sept. 17-19, 2015. Detailed information on the World Psychological Forum website.

Deadline to submit abstracts is Jan. 31, 2015.

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.

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. Volunteers serve a minimum of three months. Additional information is available on the Health Volunteers Overseas 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 psycholgists for volunteer positions in the following areas:

  • Kenya: Sexual Abuse
    While most of Africa is just beginning to address physical abuse, sexual abuse is still taboo. This is one of the few sexual abuse programs in Africa. Do you have strong clinical skills and experience working with trauma? We need you! It is helpful if you have skills in non-talk modalities also: music, dance, sports, art.
  • Uganda and Costa Rica: Domestic Violence (DV)
    The Ugandan program is an unusual DV program that believes that to stop gender-based violence you must work with the men. Do you have strong clinical, outreach and/or organizational skills in DV? We need you!
  • Mongolia and Nepal: Trafficking
    Traffickers prey on poverty. Come help women learn their rights and how to prevent being sucked into this vortex. Counsel women who have been traumatized and degraded; help them build a new life and new skills.
  • Uganda: Relaunching Children's Program
    Northern Uganda was devastated by Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). The LRA abducted kids and youth as child soldiers and sex slaves to the LRA commanders. The girls that were forced to have sex with LRA commanders bore children. Now those mothers are asking for help with parenting skills with their kids. Do you have strong experience working with children ages 7-14? Are you a self-starter? Are you good at building treatment programs? We need you!
  • Bolivia, Peru and Ghana: Street Youth
    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?
  • Morocco: Refugees
    Morocco is a crossroads where refugees and immigrants from sub-Sahara Africa push their way into Europe. Morocco is also a fascinating place to gain insight into Islamic culture and understand what prompted the Arab Spring. Come help with resettlement and/or trauma.

All positions are volunteer. Both seasoned professionals and students needed. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with no end date. See the NGOabroad website for more information and then send questionnaire (keep your answers brief) and resume to NGOabroad.


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.

Book Donation

APA announces return of international book donation program 

Are you in a psychology program with limited resources for relevant books for teaching, research and application? Do you have a library of psychology books that you are willing to share with others? The Office of International Affairs is inaugurating a book donation project to match psychology programs that need books with donors. 

Eligible psychology programs are those in counties ranked as low or middle income by the World Bank (see list of eligible countries) that provide an institutional address (preferably a university library) that is willing to host the donated books. 

Donations are requested from psychologists of recent (within the last 15 years) books in any field of psychology. The APA Office of International Affairs will serve to match donors and programs. Donors will be asked to box and ship books via "M-bag" (Media Mail, U.S. Post Office) to institutions internationally. APA will help to defray shipping costs up to $200. 

Interested psychology programs and donors please contact the Office of International Affairs for more information