APAGS/CAPP/Division 31 SPTA Award

This award is given at each year's State Leadership Conference to recognize innovation and accomplishment in student programming and activities and is administered by APAGS.

Deadline: January 13, 2016

Sponsor: APAGS, Division 31 and CAPP


This $1,500 cash award recognizes a state, provincial or territorial psychological association for superior performance in promoting graduate student development, involvement and joint APAGS/SPTA membership. This award is funded jointly by APAGS and CAPP with support and contribution by Division 31, State Psychological Association Affairs.

This award is intended to promote continued development of programs and activities that meet the needs and interests of students in their states/provinces, and to enhance collaboration with APAGS that promote joint APAGS/SPTA membership and involvement in both associations. 

A qualified SPTA must demonstrate an exemplary level of commitment to providing opportunities for graduate student development. Applications will be evaluated based upon how well the SPPA actively incorporates students and student issues into the governance and activities of the association, develops and implements innovative programs that target the needs of students, promotes joint APAGS/SPTA membership, encourages socialization of students into the profession, and helps students to shape their own professional identity. 

In addition to recognition as the "APAGS outstanding state, provincial or territorial psychological association of the year" and a monetary award of $1,500 that must used to support future student activities, the winning SPTA will be presented with a plaque during the annual awards ceremony at the APA Practice Organization's state leadership conference and acknowledged in APAGS publications.


To be considered for this award, a state, provincial or territorial psychological association must have an active doctoral student membership from regionally accredited universities. SPTA's that are previous recipients of this award are not eligible to apply again for a period of five years.

How to Apply

To apply, at least one APAGS member and one SPTA member or staff person must collaborate on the required application materials (see below) that describe the SPTA's proposal to meet the needs of graduate students and offer enhanced opportunities for professional development within the SPTA.

The APAGS Award Selection Committee will review all applications and select the recipient. The APAGS Award Selection Committee will take into account both past and current activities. Funds must be used to develop new programs and opportunities for graduate students or to build upon and enhance existing student activities.

Required Materials

  • A cover letter (two pages maximum/double spaced) that includes the name of the award for which you are applying, a brief summary of the nominated SPTA's membership data (i.e., number of members, student members, APA members, APAGS members) and a brief statement describing how the SPTA is committed to student development and values the contributions of graduate students. 

  • A descriptive list (two pages maximum/double spaced) of recent/ongoing student programming or activities and student involvement in the SPTA's governance, activities and advocacy efforts. 

  • A formal proposal (three pages maximum/double spaced) that includes a description of association goals with regard to enhancing graduate student development, a discussion of anticipated student initiatives and a statement indicating how award funds would be used to support future student activities.

If you are not an APAGS member at the time of submission, you may send a copy of the receipt you get when you join APAGS/APA electronically as proof of membership.

Please submit each of these items as a separate PDF file. We will not accept Word documents. Letters of recommendation (if and only if stated as a requirement above) should also be in PDF form; however, we will accept both Word and PDF versions of the letter of recommendation only.


Please note the online system will close at 11:59 p.m. ET on the day of the deadline; all application materials must be submitted at that time. No mail submissions will be accepted. If you are not an APAGS member at the time of submission you may attach a copy of the receipt you get when you join APA/APAGS electronically as proof of your membership. Letters of recommendation may be submitted separately via email by the deadline. Submit your application online.

Please Read This Carefully

Approximately two months before an application is due, you will see this specific grant/award as a choice in the drop-down menu under "Grants" in the online submission form. Do not apply until the grant is listed in this menu as your application will not be accepted. Check back periodically if you are waiting for a chance to submit. The online system will close immediately on the due date and time. Late submissions will not be accepted. You will receive notification of your award decisions approximately two months after the due date.

Past Recipients

West Virginia Psychological Association


New Jersey Psychological Association


Oregon Psychological Association


Alaska Psychological Association


Iowa Psychological Association


Maryland Psychological Association


Ohio Psychological Association


New Jersey Psychological Association


California Psychological Association


New York State Psychological Association


Kentucky Psychological Association


Pennsylvania Psychological Association


Ohio Psychological Association