Awards and recognition

In addition to the awards given by AP-LS, students and professionals are recognized for their outstanding contributions in research and/or education through the following links, or the specific awards described below.

For Undergraduate Students

Psi Chi Society Convention Research Awards
All Psi Chi members (undergraduate and graduate) are eligible to submit their research for the Society Convention Research Awards. Cash awards of $300 for undergraduates and $500 for graduates are presented to students submitting the best research for Psi Chi sessions at the APA and APS national conventions. Up to 16 awards are given: 8 for the APA Convention and 8 for the APS Convention. Award monies are distributed at the conventions following the presentations.

For Graduate Students

APA Early Graduate Student Researcher Awards
Annual competition sponsored by the APA Science Student Council for early (i.e., predoctoral) research. The purpose of the program is to reward an outstanding student research project completed before the dissertation. Each year three $1,000 awards will be granted.

APS Student Research Award
The Student Research Award promotes and acknowledges outstanding research conducted by student members of APS.

Psi Chi APS Albert Bandura Graduate Research Award
The Psi Chi APS Albert Bandura Graduate Research Award honors Albert Bandura with a competition for the best research by a graduate student in empirical psychology.

For Early Career Professionals

Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology

Sage Young Scholars Award
$5000 award that recognizes outstanding young researchers in personality and social psychology. Candidates must be junior faculty (untenured) and between 3 and 7 years into their first independent academic position by October of the year in which they are nominated. Candidates should have demonstrated exceptional individual achievements in social and/or personality psychology (broadly defined), conducting research that places them at the forefront of their peers. Criteria include innovation, creativity, and potential to make a significant impact on the field.

SPSSI Louise Kidder Early Career Award
$500 and a plaque award recognizes social issue researchers who have made substantial contributions to the field within five year of receiving a graduate degree.

SPSSI Michele Alexander Early Career Award
For scholarship (defined in terms of substantive academic contributions to the study of social issues) and service (defined as professional and/or community service). Eligibility limited to SPSSI member who has received their Ph.D. within five years of the time of application.

For Faculty

Carol and Ed Diener Awards
From the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology, two annual awards for outstanding contributions to the fields of personality and social psychology for scientists in their mid-career. One award will be made in personality psychology, the other in social psychology.

Robert B. Cialdini Award
From the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology, an annual award for a published paper that employs primarily field research methods and contexts.

Funding resources

In addition to the grants offered by AP-LS, students and professionals seeking funding for their research may be interested in the following links, or the specific funding sources described below.

For Undergraduate Students

The links below describe selected fellowships, grants, or other awards that primarily fund research.  For those looking for funding for travel to conferences, please visit this page.

Fellowships & Scholarships

ABF Summer Research Diversity Program This program of summer research fellowships is designed to introduce undergraduates from diverse backgrounds to the rewards and demands of a research-oriented career in the field of law and social science.

APA Summer Science Fellowship Expenses-paid, intensive summer training program, allows up to 12 talented students to be placed in the psychology laboratories of some of the most outstanding researchers in the Washington, DC area for up to 7 weeks.

NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) Up to $20,000 scholarship for 1 year (renewable up to 4 years) Offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program offers Scholarship support, paid research training at the NIH during the summer, and paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation.

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates Different universities funded by NSF offer different training.  Visit the NSF site to search for current programs.

Research Grants

APS Student Grant Competition $300 available to undergraduate student affiliates of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) to support undergraduate research. Applications are due annually in October.

APS Summer Research Grants $5000 grants available to undergraduate Psi Chi members to provide funds for members to conduct summer research with an APS sponsor.  Applications are due annually on May 1.

Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Grants $1500 available to Psi Chi student members to fund undergraduate research.  Applications are due annually on February 1 and November 1.

Psi Chi Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference Grants $1000 available to Psi Chi chapters to support local/regional undergraduate psychology research conferences. Funding is intended for conferences that will invite student research presenters from at least three schools in the area and will notify all Psi Chi chapters in the geographic area of the conference. Applications are due annually on October 1.

Other Links

For Graduate Students

The links below describe selected fellowships, grants, or other awards that primarily fund research.  For those looking for funding for travel to conferences, please visit this page.

Fellowships

American Bar Foundation Doctoral Fellowships in Law and Social Science $27,000 stipend and $1500 for research expenses for "original and significant research on law, the legal profession, and legal institutions." Fellows are held in residence at ABF in Chicago. Applications are due annually on December 15.

Law and Social Science Dissertation Fellowship and Mentoring Program (LSS Fellowship) The Law and Society Association, in collaboration with the American Bar Foundation and the National Science Foundation, has launched the Law and Social Science Dissertation Fellowship and Mentoring Program (LSS Fellowship) which is designed to foster scholars in the Law and Society tradition and whose scholarship is on Law and Inequality.

Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Diversity Fellowships $20,000 stipend and $2000 in tuition for students who "have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students."  Students in J.D. or joint law & psychology degree programs are not eligible. The 2010 Application Deadline is November 2, 2009.

Ford Foundation Dissertation Diversity Fellowships $21,000 stipend for students who have achieved Doctoral Candidancy "have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students."  Students in J.D. or joint law & psychology degree programs are not eligible. The 2010 Application Deadline is November 9, 2009.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program $30000 stipend plus tuition allowance. The 2010 Application Deadline is November 5, 2009. Students in J.D. or joint law & psychology programs are not eligible.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (F31) The purpose of this individual predoctoral research training fellowship is to provide support for promising doctoral candidates who will be performing dissertation research and training in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships (F31) to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research The purpose of this individual predoctoral research training fellowship is to improve the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the training of predoctoral students from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships 3-year stipend around $31,000 to support students "in fields important to national defense needs," including Cognitive & Behavioral Sciences.

Research Grants

APA Dissertation Research Award Program $1000 to $5000 research grants to student affiliates or associate members of the American Psychological Association (APA) for dissertation research funding. Applications are due annually on September 15.

APAGS Diversity Dissertation Scholarship $1500 available to graduate student members of American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) "to encourage excellence in research within the field of psychology concerning issues of diversity such as varied ethnic backgrounds, women's issues, ageism, sexual orientation and disability."  Applications are due annually in May.

APF/COGDOP Graduate Research Scholarships in Psychology $1000 to $5000 from the American Psychological Foundation (APF) and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (COGDOP) to fund Master's Thesis or Dissertation research. Only a graduate department of psychology that is a member of COGDOP may submit nominations. Applications are due annually on June 15.

APS Student Grant Competition $500 available to graduate student affiliates of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) to support graduate research. Applications are due annually in October.

NSF SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants $6,000-$12,000 for one year through National Science Foundation's Law and Social Science Program. Applications are due annually January 15 and August 15.  The Program Officers have provided the following additional information about applying for doctoral dissertation improvement grants.

Psi Chi Graduate Research Grants $1500 available to Psi Chi student members to fund Master's Thesis or Dissertation research.  Applications are due annually on February 1 and November 1.

The Nancy B. Forest and L. Michael Honaker Master's Scholarship for Research in Psychology $1500 available to graduate student members of American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) to fund Master's Thesis research.  Applications are due annually in May.

The Scott Mesh Honorary Scholarship for Research in Psychology $1500 available to graduate student members of American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) to fund Dissertation research.  Applications are due annually in May.

The David Pilon Scholarship for Training in Professional Psychology $1500 available to graduate student members of American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) "to promote supplemental training and education experiences in professional practice."  Applications are due annually in May.

Other Links

For Early Career Professionals

NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program Grants given in "support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations."

William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Grant $350,000 over 5 years intended to support "promising early-career researchers from diverse disciplines, who have demonstrated success in conducting high-quality research and are seeking to further develop and broaden their expertise." Grants support research "to improve the everyday settings of youth ages 8 to 25 in the United States."

Other Links

For Students and Professionals

Bronson-Dillehay Award for Research, Scholarship, and Education in Procedural Justice
$1000 to members of the American Society of Trial Consultants for those making a contribution through research, scholarship, and training on procedural justice issues.

The Litigation Research Fund
$5,000 and $20,000 for legal academics and social scientists for scholarship relevant to litigation policy and scholarship bearing on litigation practice. Applications are due annually in February.

Scholarships

Students seeking scholarships for their education and training may be interested in the following links:

American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) Scholarships and Awards

An A-Z of Funding Opportunities for Students and Early Career Psychologists

APA Science Student Council (APASSC) Early Researcher Awards The APA Science Student Council Early Researcher Awards recognize outstanding student researchers who are currently early in their graduate training.

APF Scholarships The American Psychological Foundation offers various scholarship, fellowship, and grant programs to graduate students.

Directory of Selected Scholarships, Fellowships and Other Financial Aid Opportunities for Women and Ethnic Minorities in Psychology and Related Fields The purpose of the directory is to provide detailed information on fellowships and other funding sources for students and researchers at the graduate, undergraduate, pre-doctoral, doctoral, and post-doctoral levels. There is also a section on grants and special awards for institutions.

Dissertation Research Awards The purpose of the Dissertation Research Award program is to assist science-oriented doctoral students of psychology with research costs.

Minority Fellowship Programs The MFP's objective is to improve the quality of mental health treatment delivered to ethnic minority populations. MFP does this by providing financial support and professional guidance to individuals pursuing doctoral degrees in psychology.

Student Travel Awards APA's Science Directorate sponsors an annual competition for graduate student travel awards to help psychology graduate students travel to the annual APA Convention to present their research

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund