American Psychological Foundation

Apply for up to $30,000 in pre-college grants

In 2008, APF will grant up to $30,000 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.

  • Teach high school students that psychological science is a tool to improve society.

  • Teach students about nontraditional jobs in psychology.

Applicants must be educational institutions or 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or affiliated with such an organization. Application information is available from APF. The deadline is May 1.

Nominate an outstanding clinical health psychologist

APF is accepting nominations for the 2008 Timothy Jeffrey Memorial Award for an outstanding commitment to the field of clinical health psychology.

The $3,000 award, made possible by Louise Jeffrey, PhD, to honor her late husband, Timothy Jeffrey, PhD, recognizes an outstanding commitment by a full-time clinical health services provider. Nominees must spend a minimum of 15 to 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 Div. 38 (Health).

The deadline is May 1. For nomination information, visit

$5,000 available for research on mental health stigma

APF seeks proposals for graduate-level research on reducing the stigma often associated with mental illness for the $5,000 Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship. To be eligible, students must be enrolled full time in a graduate department of psychology 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 adviser and curriculum vitae. For more information, visit the Violet and Cyril Franks Scholarship page.

Graduate students: Up to $16,000 in scholarships available

APF and the APA Science Directorate are accepting applications for the 2008 Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (COGDOP) graduate research scholarships. Up to $16,000 will be given out, which includes a $3,000 Ruth G. and Joseph D. Matarazzo Scholarship, a $2,000 Clarence J. Rosecrans Scholarship and 11 $1,000 scholarships.

Interested students should contact their psychology department for nomination information. Each psychology department that is a member in good standing of COGDOP may nominate up to three candidates.

For additional information, visit The deadline is June 16.

Compete for psychology-philosophy prize

APF is accepting nominations for the first annual Joseph B. Gittler Award, a $10,000 prize for research on psychology's philosophical foundations. Both scholars and graduate students are invited to apply. Self-nominations are welcome.

The following materials should be submitted online at APA APF Grants. A letter of nomination outlining the nominee's contributions to the field, a statement of accomplishments to date and a curriculum vitae.

The deadline is June 1. More information is available from APF.

Grant to combat hate crimes available

APF will provide an up to $20,000 violence prevention and intervention grant this year that focuses on understanding and eliminating hate crimes.

Applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, educational institutions or affiliated with such an organization. Special consideration will be given to programs with a strong foundation in research and those that have, or show promise for, broad-based community support.

The deadline is June 1.

Conducting research on prejudice or community rebuilding?

APF is offering a $10,000 grant through the Rosalee G. and Raymond A. Weiss Innovative Research and Programs Fund, which promotes creative and cutting-edge psychology research and programs.

APF is seeking projects on:

  • Finding connections between mental and physical health to ensure well-being.

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

  • Supporting the sustained rebuilding of communities in the aftermath of disaster.

Applicants must be affiliated with an educational institution or a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Special consideration will be given to programs with broad-based community support.

For application information, visit APF Funding Application. The deadline is June 1.


Further Reading

For more information, contact Idalia Ramos, APF Program Director, at (202) 336-5814.