Graduate Student Ethics Prize

The APA Ethics Committee and the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students sponsor this annual prize for a graduate student paper on psychology and ethics.

Deadline: January 8, 2016

Sponsor: APA Ethics Office


The APA Ethics Committee and the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) are pleased to announce the 15th annual prize for a graduate student paper on psychology and ethics. The honoree will receive $1,000, a round trip ticket to APA's 2016 Annual Convention in Denver, plus three nights of hotel accommodation and convention registration. The prize will be presented at a convention session.

The winning paper will be recommended for publication in the journal Ethics and Behavior.

  • The prize is open to APAGS members enrolled in a psychology graduate program at the time the paper is submitted and who are in good academic standings.

  • "Psychology and ethics" is defined broadly, to include any empirical or theoretical paper that examines psychology and ethics in relation to science or research, practice, education, public interest or theory of ethics. The paper must indicate why its particular focus is worthy of attention.

  • Submissions must be written in APA style and may not exceed 25 double-spaced pages (including tables and references).

  • Submissions must include an abstract.

  • Submissions may not have been previously published or submitted for publication.

  • It is expected that authors will receive assistance from faculty advisors. Such assistance must not be sufficiently extensive for the faculty member to merit authorship on the paper. The student author(s) must be able to claim sole authorship. Jointly-authored student papers are acceptable. In the case of a jointly-authored paper, one prize will be awarded.

  • Although papers written for ethics courses are acceptable, it is generally the case that course papers require considerable additional work to warrant serious contention for the Ethics Prize, which is normally awarded to a paper of publishable or near-publishable quality.

  • Papers will be judged based upon quality and originality of ideas, clarity of analysis and expression and adequacy of literature review.

How to Apply

Please submit two copies electronically by 11:59 p.m. EST on Jan. 8, 2016:

  1. One without identifying information.
  2. One with your name, university name and address, email address and phone number.

The winner will be contacted and his or her name will be announced by approximately April 29, 2016.

Questions about the prize? Send a message by email with subject heading "Question about 2016 writing prize."  


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 or fax 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.

Although the application screen prompts you to upload letters of recommendation, please do not do so. None will be reviewed for this prize.

Please read this carefully: Approximately two months before an application is due, you will see this specific prize as a choice in the drop-down menu under “Grants” in the online submission form. Do not apply until this prize is listed in this menu as your application will not be accepted. Check back periodically if you are waiting for a chance to submit.

Past Recipients

Annia W. Raja


Lauren Kois, MA


Angela Haeny and Christine Paprocki


Rachel M. Wasserman


Rachel Winograd


John-Paul Legerski and Sarah L. Bunnell (co-authors)


Starla Armstrong


Zachary W. Adams and Sara E. Boyd (co-authors)


Keren Lehavot


Rebecca Schwartz


Juli B. Kramer


Dhruvi Kakkad


Craig Fisher


Nancy K. Lewis