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The primary task of the Div. 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women) Fellows Committee is to process applications for fellow status.

“Fellowship” is a special distinction for APA members who have received a doctoral degree in psychology or a related field from a regionally accredited institution and can show evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions in the field of psychology. Fellow status requires that a person's work has had “a national impact on the discipline beyond a local, state or regional level.”

Div. 35 requires that candidates for fellow demonstrate that a significant part of their unusual and outstanding contributions were made directly in the service of furthering the psychological understanding, well-being and rights of girls and women from a feminist perspective. Div. 35 has specific criteria for fellow status.

There are two paths to fellow status via Div. 35.

Initial fellow path: Members of Div. 35 who are APA members but are not fellows of APA may apply for fellow status in Div. 35 and APA. They are known as initial fellow applicants and must meet both APA criteria and Div. 35 criteria for fellow status. Initial fellow applications are evaluated by the Div. 35 Fellows Committee and by APA’s Fellows Committee.

To apply for initial fellow status via Div. 35, individuals need to use the APA Fellows Online Application Platform. This system allows nominees, endorsers and the Div. 35 Fellows Committee chair to review and/or submit the required documents online. The online system replaces the paper-based process. All candidates' documents must be added to the system to be considered by the Fellows Committees. Applicants must be current APA members and current Div. 35 members to access APA’s fellows portal.

Applications for initial fellow status require letters from three Div. 35 fellows as well as other materials, as described in the APA Fellows Online Application. The APA fellows platform has resources for applicants and endorsers. One of the resources is a sample endorsement letter indicating the type of information the APA Fellows Committee looks for when evaluating fellow applications. All initial fellow materials including the endorsers’ letters must be submitted to the online system by Dec. 21, 2019. Complete applications are reviewed by the Div. 35 Fellows Committee. Applications receiving a positive evaluation by the Div. 35 Fellows Committee are forwarded to the APA Fellows Committee for review and vote. Fellow status is granted by the APA Fellows Committee. The application deadline for initial fellow is Dec. 21, 2019.

Current fellow path: Members of Div. 35 who are already APA fellows may apply to become a fellow of Div. 35. These applicants are known as current fellow applicants. Current fellow applications require submission of a curriculum vitae and a letter highlighting the reasons the applicant meets the criteria for fellow status in Div. 35. Current fellow application materials must be emailed to both Fellows Committee co-chairs, that is, to both Silvia Sara Canetto and Louise Douce, whose contact information is below. Current fellow application materials are evaluated only by the Div. 35 Fellows Committee. The application deadline for current fellows is Feb. 8, 2020.

The co-chairs of the Div. 35 Fellows Committee are Silvia Sara Canetto, PhD, (professional email and personal email) and Louise Douce, PhD (email). Please always email both of them with your queries. 

Applicants may also peruse a list of Div. 35 current fellows for more information.


The application deadline for initial fellow is Dec. 21, 2019.

The application deadline for current fellow is Feb. 8, 2020.

Please consider nominating yourself or others for fellow status via Div. 35.


  • Anderson, K. B., & Canetto, S. S. (2016, Spring). On the term “Fellow.“ The Feminist Psychologist, 43(1), p. 12.
  • Canetto, S. S., & Anderson, K.B. (2016, Fall).  Time to retire the term “Fellow“? The Feminist Psychologist, 43(2), p. 6.
  • Div. 35 Specific Criteria for Fellow Status.
Date created: October 2017
Psychology of Women Quarterly