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Div. 20 provides an overview of the application process and criteria for fellowship in APA and Div. 20.

Application for fellow status is open to any APA member who meets the criteria of both APA and Div. 20. The requirements and access to the online application for initial fellow status are available on the APA fellows website. Div. 20 criteria for fellowship status can be found on the APA website.

Advice for applicants and endorsers on how to submit a successful application is also available on the APA fellows website.

Div. 20 welcomes self- and other nominations for fellow status in APA and the division. There are two processes:

  • If you are currently not a fellow in any of APA’s divisions, you would be applying for initial fellow status.
  • If you are a fellow in another of APA’s divisions and you are a member of Div. 20, you can request consideration for fellow status in Div. 20.

Nominees should be aware of the importance of the nominee’s self-statement, which must make clear exactly how the nominee has made “unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology,” an essential APA requirement. Such contributions must go well beyond those typically necessary for tenure or promotion recommendations for individuals in academic positions. Also, although not mandatory, evidence of involvement in APA in general, and Div. 20 in particular, is very helpful and greatly strengthens the application.

Recommenders must fill out two forms: 

  • One is called a “Worksheet” and contains a rating scale.
  • The second form (the “Fellow Status Evaluation Form”) includes the actual letter of recommendation. 

Nominees are expected to send both forms to their recommenders (unless someone else is handling the entire nomination process). The last day to submit all of the materials for initial fellow applications is December 1.

Date created: October 2021