Membership and Nominations

Become a fellow of Div. 1

The Div. 1 Fellows Committee is seeking nominations and applications for fellow status in the division.

By Mindy J. Erchull, PhD

Self-nominations are welcome and encouraged.

There are two paths to fellow status in the division.

First, members of Div. 1 who are APA members but are not yet fellows of APA may apply for fellow status in Div. 1. These are known as “new fellow” applications, and applicants must meet both APA criteria and Div. 1 criteria for fellow status. 

Second, any member of Div. 1 who is already a fellow of APA may apply to become a fellow of the division. These applicants are known as “current fellows.” Applications from current fellows are only evaluated by the Div. 1 Fellows Committee. 

Current fellows are good resources for information about being and becoming a fellow. Letters from current fellows are also required for those applying for new fellow status. 

APA fellow criteria include:
  • Five years of acceptable professional experience beyond receipt of the doctoral degree.
  • Membership in APA for at least one year.
  • Unusual and outstanding contributions that have had a national or international impact. 

You can find details about the APA criteria on the APA fellows Web page.

Div. 1 fellow criteria include:
  • Unusual and outstanding contributions within general psychology.
  • Contributions can be include textbooks, published research, books and book chapters, outstanding teaching and leadership in and/or extensive service to Div. 1.

View details about the Div. 1 criteria.

Process for new fellows:

Applications to be a new APA fellow are submitted online through the APA Fellows Online Application Platform. This system will allow nominees, endorsers and division fellows chairs to submit all required documents online. Applications will not be considered unless they are submitted through this system.

Applications for new fellow status require letters of endorsement from three current Div. 1 fellows in addition to a detailed statement indicating how, specifically, the applicant meets both the APA and Div. 1 fellow criteria and completion of other information as required in the application platform. Please visit the APA fellows Web page for more information and to the online system.  

All materials, including letters of reference, must be submitted through the online platform by Dec. 1, 2015. Applicants will have to enter the names and contact information of their endorsers in advance of that date so that endorsers can submit their letters of recommendation by this date.

The candidates’ applications are reviewed by the Div. 1 Fellows Committee. Those receiving a positive recommendation will be forwarded to the APA Fellows Committee for their review. Fellow status is granted by the APA Fellows Committee. Please remember that there can only be one nominating division.

Process for current fellows:

Current fellows of APA may apply for Div. 1 fellow status by sending a current CV and a letter detailing the ways in which the applicant meets the criteria for fellow status in Div. 1. These materials must be emailed to Mindy Erchull. The due date for current fellows applications is April 15, 2016. Current fellows applications are evaluated only by the Div. 1 Fellows Committee.