Awards, Honors and Research Funding

Each year, the Science Directorate honors researchers, students and departments in psychology through various awards and honors programs. In addition, we publish a monthly listing of federal funding opportunities available to researchers in psychology. Both the funding listing and awards/honors programs are intended for researchers from all subdisciplines of psychological science and contribute to our overall mission: to communicate, facilitate, promote and represent psychological science and scientists.



Awards and honors for:

Administrators

Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science: An award to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to psychological science through their commitment to a culture of service.

Departmental Award for Culture of Service in the Psychological Sciences: Recognizes departments that demonstrate a commitment to service in the psychological sciences.

Meritorious Research Service Commendation: Honors scientists employed by federal or private funding agencies for their programmatic support for the development of psychological science.

Researchers

Early Career Scientists

APA Distinguished Scientific Awards for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology: Honor early career scientists for contributions in the first 9 years post-PhD.

F. J. McGuigan Early Career Investigator Research Prize on Understanding the Human Mind: An American Psychological Foundation award honoring an early career scientist.

Individual Career Science Awards or Honors

Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science: An award to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to psychological science through their commitment to a culture of service.

APA Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology: Honors psychologists who have made exceptional theoretical or empirical advances in psychology leading to the understanding or amelioration of important practice problems.

APA Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions: Honors psychologists who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research in psychology.

Distinguished Scientist Lecturer Series: Annual lectures at regional psychological association meetings.

Master Lecturer Series: Annual lectures by distinguished psychological scientists at the APA Annual Convention on rotating topics in psychological science.

Meritorious Research Service Commendation: Honors scientists employed by federal or private funding agencies for their programmatic support for the development of psychological science.

Neal Miller Lecture: Award for distinguished scientist working in brain and behavior research to deliver the Neal Miller Lecture at the APA Annual Convention.

Graduate Students

APA Student Travel Award: Approximately 100 awards of $300 given annually help psychology graduate students travel to the APA Convention to present their research.

American Psychological Foundation/Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology Graduate Research Scholarships: Up to 11 awards annually for graduate students in psychology. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Dissertation Research Award: Awards for excellence in a dissertation research proposal; awards range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Early Graduate Student Researcher Awards: Honors excellence in master’s level research, with three $1,000 awards — in basic research, applied research or interdisciplinary research. Established by the Science Student Council.

Departments
Departmental Award for Culture of Service in the Psychological Sciences: Recognizes departments that demonstrate a commitment to service in the psychological sciences.