Research Funding

American Psychological Foundation funding for students and researchers

The American Psychological Foundation is a grant-making philanthropic organization affiliated with APA. It offers a wide range of funding opportunities for graduate students and established researchers in psychology. Opportunities available in 2013 are listed below. Most will be offered in future years as well.

Scholarships, Fellowships & Dissertation Awards

Research Grants

  • Henry P. David Research Grant: $1,500 for work in the behavioral aspects of human reproductive behavior or an area related to population concerns. (Note: The 2013 deadline to apply for these grants has passed.)

  • Randy Gerson Memorial Grant: $6,000 for work in the systemic understanding of couple and/or family dynamics and/or multi-generational processes. (Note: The 2013 deadline to apply for this grant has passed.)

  • Lizette Peterson Homer Grant: $5,000 for research on the prevention of injuries in children and adolescents through accidents, violence, abuse or suicide.

  • Wayne F. Placek Grants: $15,000 to support empirical research from all fields of the behavioral and social sciences on any topic related to lesbian, gay or bisexual issues. (Note: The 2013 deadline to apply for these grants has passed.)

  • Roy Scrivner Grant: $12,000 annual grant for empirical and applied research focused on lesbian, gay and bisexual family psychology, and lesbian, gay and bisexual family therapy.

  • Visionary Grants: Up to $20,000 to seed innovation through supporting research, education and intervention projects and programs. [Prior to November 2013, the Visionary and Weiss awards were combined. They are now separate for clarity.]

  • The Drs. Rosalee G. and Raymond A. Weiss Research and Program Innovation Grants: $2,500 to seed innovation through supporting research, education and intervention projects and programs. [Prior to November 2013, the Visionary and Weiss awards were combined. They are now separate for clarity.]

Travel Grants

  • Henry P. David Travel Grant: $1,500 for work in the behavioral aspects of human reproductive behavior or an area related to population concerns. (Note: The 2013 deadline to apply for these grants has passed.)

  • Paul E. Henkin Travel Grant: $1,000 to defer the costs of registration, lodging and travel for student members of APA Division 16 to attend the APA Annual Convention. (Note: The 2013 deadline to apply for this grant has passed.)

  • Ungerleider/Zimbardo Travel Scholarships: $300 travel awards for seven graduate students to present their papers at the APA convention. (Note: The 2013 deadline to apply for these scholarships has passed.)

Early Career Funding & Seed Grants for Research

  • Pearson Early Career Grant: $12,000 to support early career psychologists to work in an area of critical social need.

  • Theodore Blau Early Career Award: $5,000 to honor a clinical psychologist for professional accomplishments in clinical psychology.

  • Culbertson Travel Grant: $1,500 to support women from developing countries who are in the early stages of their careers by providing travel funds to attend conferences in psychology.

  • Henry David Research Grant: $1,500 for work in the behavioral aspects of human reproductive behavior or an area related to population concerns.

  • Division 29 Early Career Award: $2,500 to recognize promising contributions to psychotherapy.

  • Robert L. Fantz Award: $2,000 to support careers of promising young investigators in psychology or related disciplines.

  • F. J. McGuigan Young Investigator Prize: $25,000 to support research that aims to advance, both empirically and theoretically, a materialistic understanding of the human mind.

  • Visionary Grants: Up to $20,000 to seed innovation through supporting research, education and intervention projects and programs. [Prior to November 2013, the Visionary and Weiss awards were combined. They are now separate for clarity.]

  • The Drs. Rosalee G. and Raymond A. Weiss Research and Program Innovation Grants: $2,500 to seed innovation through supporting research, education and intervention projects and programs. [Prior to November 2013, the Visionary and Weiss awards were combined. They are now separate for clarity.]

Targeted Program Grants

  • Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award: $2,000 to recognize a significant career of contributions of a psychologist who is an exceptional teacher of psychology.

  • Mamie P. and Kenneth B. Clark Fund: This fund supports research projects intended to lead to an increased understanding of personal factors, social arrangements, social institutions and physical factors affecting the well-being of disesteemed or disadvantaged persons.

  • Division 17 Counseling Psychology Grants: Up to $5,000 available to enhance the science and practice of counseling psychology. (Note: The 2013 deadline to apply for these grants has passed.)

  • Randy Gerson Memorial Grant: $6,000 for work in the systemic understanding of couple and/or family dynamics and/or multi-generational processes. (Note: The 2013 deadline to apply for this grant has passed.)

  • Joseph B. Gittler Award: $10,000 for the most scholarly contribution to the philosophical foundations of psychological knowledge.

  • Gold Medal Awards for Life Achievement: Bestowed in recognition of a distinguished career and enduring contribution to psychology.

  • Alexander Gralnick Investigator Prize: $20,000 to support exceptional research and mentoring accomplishments in the area of serious mental illness. (Note: The 2013 deadline to apply for this award has passed.)

  • Lizette Peterson Homer Grant: $5,000 for research on the prevention of injuries in children and adolescents through accidents, violence, abuse or suicide.

  • APF Lectures at the APA convention: APF sponsors lectures at the annual APA convention.

  • Theodore Millon Award in Personality Psychology: $1,000 to honor an outstanding psychologist engaged in advancing the science of personality psychology.

  • Wayne F. Placek Grants: $15,000 to support empirical research from all fields of the behavioral and social sciences on any topic related to lesbian, gay or bisexual issues. (Note: The 2013 deadline to apply for these grants has passed.)

  • Pre-College Grants: $20,000 to support the science and application of psychological science among talented high school students. (Note: The 2013 deadline to apply for these grants has passed.)

  • Wilhelm Wundt-William James Award: Recognizes a significant record of trans-Atlantic research collaboration.

  • Visionary Grants: Up to $20,000 to seed innovation through supporting research, education and intervention projects and programs. [Prior to November 2013, the Visionary and Weiss awards were combined. They are now separate for clarity.]

  • The Drs. Rosalee G. and Raymond A. Weiss Research and Program Innovation Grants: $2,500 to seed innovation through supporting research, education and intervention projects and programs. [Prior to November 2013, the Visionary and Weiss awards were combined. They are now separate for clarity.]