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Call for nominations for the APF Gold Medal Awards

The awards recognize life achievement in and enduring contributions to psychology

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) provides financial support for innovative research and programs that enhance the power of psychology to elevate the human condition and advance human potential both now and in generations to come. 

Since 1953, APF has supported a broad range of scholarships and grants for students and early career psychologists as well as research and program grants that use psychology to improve people‚Äôs lives. 

APF encourages applications from individuals who represent diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability and sexual orientation.

Gold Medal Awards

The Gold Medal Awards recognize life achievement in and enduring contributions to psychology. Awards are conferred in four categories of life achievement:

  • Science of Psychology
    This recognizes a distinguished career and enduring contribution to advancing psychological science. 

  • Application of Psychology
    This  recognizes a distinguished career and enduring contribution to advancing the application of psychology through methods, research, and/or application of psychological techniques to important practical problems.

  • Psychologist in the Public Interest
    This recognizes a distinguished career and enduring contribution to the application of psychology in the public interest.  

  • Practice of Psychology
    This recognizes a distinguished career and enduring contribution to advancing the professional practice of psychology through a demonstrable effect on patterns of service delivery in the profession.

Eligibility requirements

Eligibility is limited to psychologists 65 years or older residing in North America. 

Nomination requirements 

Nominations letters should indicate the specific Gold Medal Award for which the individual is being nominated and should include the following:

  • Nomination statement that traces the nominee's cumulative record of enduring contribution to the purpose of the award; 
  • Nominee's current vita and bibliography;
  • Letters in support of the nomination are also welcome, but please refrain from sending supplementary materials such as videos, books, brochures, or magazines; 
  • All nomination materials should be coordinated and collected by a chief nominator and forwarded to APF in one package. 

Submission process and deadline

Please email materials or mail to:

American Psychological Foundation
Gold Medal Awards
750 First St, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242

The deadline for receipt of nomination materials is Dec. 1, 2012.

Please be advised that APF does not provide feedback to grant applicants or award nominees on their proposals or nominations.

Questions about this program should be directed to Parie Kadir, Program Officer.