American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) Outstanding APA Division Award

This award recognizes a division of APA for superior performance in promoting graduate student development, involvement and joint APAGS/APA division membership.

Deadline: May 6, 2015

Sponsor: APAGS


This $1,000 cash award recognizes a division of APA for superior performance in promoting graduate student development, involvement and joint APAGS/APA division membership. This award is funded by APAGS and will be dispersed directly to the division to be used in accordance with the goals specified in the proposal.

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

In addition to being recognized as the “APAGS Outstanding Division of the Year” and receiving a monetary award of $1,000, the winning division will be presented with a plaque at the annual DSRN meeting, held during the APA Convention and acknowledged in APAGS publications.


To be considered for this award, a division of APA must:

  • Have an active doctoral student membership.

  • Require student affiliates to be members of APA/APAGS.

  • Have a student representative who is a member of the APAGS Division Student Representatives Network (DSRN).

To apply, at least one member and one division member must collaborate on the required application materials. The APAGS Award Selection Committee will take into account both past and current activities when reviewing and selecting the winner of this award. Funds must be used to develop new programs and opportunities for graduate students or to build upon and enhance existing student activities.

How to Apply

Each application must include all of the following materials:

  1. 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 division’s membership data (i.e. number of members, students members, APA members) and a brief statement describing how the division is committed to student development and values the contributions of graduate students.
  2. A descriptive list (two pages maximum, double-spaced) of recent/ongoing student programming or activities and student involvement in the division’s governance and activities.
  3. A formal proposal (three pages maximum, double-spaced) that includes a description of the division’s 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.

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