International Scientific Meeting Support Award

The APA Committee on International Relations in Psychology (CIRP) invites applications for funds for scientific meetings that foster the exchange of knowledge among psychologists across the world.

Deadline: March 1, 2016

Sponsor: APA Office of International Affairs


This fund typically provides grants of $500-$1,000 in support of international scientific meetings.

Funds may be used for activities associated with scientific meetings such as the following. Priority will be given to high-impact, specific activities over support to a "general fund" for specific targets:

  • Scientific meeting organizing expenses (e.g., printing, postage, supplies).

  • Scholarships for travel and/or registration for targeted groups (e.g., students, special speakers, presenters from a transitional or a developing country).

  • Support for special events associated with a scientific meeting (e.g., historical exhibits).

  • Social or cultural events associated with a meeting.

  • Funds may be used to support planning activities in years prior to the conference year.


Organizations of psychology are eligible to apply. Need will be considered in selecting recipients and in determining the amount of support. Priority will be given in the following order:

  • International organizations that have collaborative relationships with APA.

  • International organizations, including emerging organizations, holding socially significant and relevant events.

  • International organizations and organizations in transitional and developing countries.

  • Organizations whose events are attended by U.S. citizens.

  • Organizations that support organizational or individual capacity building.

Preference will be shown for not-for-profit organizations.

How to Apply

Applications for Funding

Provide the following:

  1. Cover letter on the organization's letterhead stationery indicating the name of the event, the activities for which support is sought, and the amount requested.
  2. Application form (PDF, 46KB) that includes:
    • Name and contact information of the applicant organization.
    • Description of the organization, including the mission statement.
    • Description of the organization's relationships with APA.
    • Event name and date.
    • Overview of objectives of the event and event activities.
    • Description of who in the organization will organize and carry out the event.
    • Event budget, indicating the portions requested from APA and from other funding sources.
    • Details of activities for which APA funding is sought.
    • Statement of the country's adherence to the principle of free circulation of scientists as defined by the International Council for Science (ICSU).
  3. Attachments of:
    • Other relevant documents that describe the organization.
    • A preliminary program.
    • Any additional information about the event.

Applicant organizations must agree to provide to CIRP a summary report of the event and a narrative financial accounting for how APA funds were used.

The application form and supporting materials must be sent in electronic or paper format.


Electronic Submissions

Please send supporting documents as email attachments in MS Word or PDF format. Each file must be labeled with the organization’s name and document type (e.g., 2014-orgname-event-budget.doc). Please put "International Scientific Meeting Support" in the email subject line. Send submission to the APA International Office.

Paper Submissions

Send all documents in one package to:

Sally Leverty
International Scientific Meeting Support
Office of International Affairs
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242, USA

Past Recipients

APA's Committee on International Relations in Psychology (CIRP) selected the following organizations for support from 2009-2013:

  • Interamerican Society of Psychology Congress in Brasilia, Brazil.

  • Student Liaison Committee of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) participation in INS meeting held in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

  • 14th European Society Conference on Developmental Psychology in Lithuania.

  • 4th Africa Region Conference of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology in Cameroon.

  • 1st International Meeting of the Italian-American Psychology Assembly in Sicily.

  • 32nd Interamerican Congress of Psychology in Guatemala.

  • 5th Congress of the Latin American Society of Health Psychology in Venezuela.

  • Centenary Meeting of the International Society for Psychophysics.

  • International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (ISSBD) 2010 Meeting in Lusaka, Zambia.

  • 33rd Interamerican Congress of Psychology in Medellin, Colombia.

  • Conference on Critical Contributions of the Orbitofrontal Cortex to Behavior, New York Academy of Sciences.