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Become a Div. 20 fellow

The deadlines for fellow applications are April 1 for initial fellows and Dec. 1 for current fellows of other divisions.

By JoNell Strough

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 APA division, you would be applying for initial fellow status.
  • If you are already a fellow in another APA division, and you are a member of Div. 20, you can request consideration for fellow status in Div. 20 as well.

The process for each is described briefly below.

The entire application process is online, including the submission of all support documents and letters. APA requirements and access to the online application platform to apply for Initial fellow status are available on the APA fellows website. See the Div. 20 criteria for fellowship status.(PDF, 7KB)

Advice for applicants and endorsers on submitting a successful application is also available on the APA fellows website. Nominees and potential 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 as stated on the website). Such contributions must go well beyond those typically necessary for tenure or promotion recommendations for individuals in academic positions, for example. Also, although not mandatory, evidence of involvement in APA in general and Div. 20 in particular is helpful and greatly strengthens the application.

Recommenders must fill out two forms:

  • A worksheet that contains a rating scale.
  • The fellow status evaluation form, which includes the actual letter of recommendation.

Nominees are expected to send both of these forms to their recommenders (unless someone else is handling the entire nomination process). All of the materials for initial fellow applications must be submitted no later than Dec. 1.

A list of current Div. 20 fellows is on the division.

The application process for individuals who are already fellows of an APA division is far simpler, requiring only a current CV and brief cover letter sent directly to JoNell Strough. The deadline for submitting materials for current fellows is April 1.

Please contact JoNell Strough if you have any questions.