Society for Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology Diversity Travel Award for Students and Early Career Professionals

This award is given to eligible graduate students and early career professionals (ECP) from underrepresented groups to travel to APA's Annual Convention.


Sponsor: Division 47


APA Div. 47 (The Society for Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology) has established a fund devoted to increasing diversity within the field of sport, exercise, and performance psychology (SEPP). As part of this initiative, eligible graduate students and early career professionals--i.e., degree received no more than 10 years prior to the award decision--are invited to apply for an award to support their membership in the society and participation in the annual APA convention.

The award will be offered to one student or ECP and includes $500 to assist with APA convention registration and travel plus free membership in APA Div. 47 for the year following receipt of the award.

Accepting the travel award commits the award recipient to attending the APA Annual Convention. At convention, awardees will be required to attend: (a) the society’s business meeting and (b) the society’s student and ECP speed mentoring session where they will receive formal recognition for their award.


To be eligible for this award, the student nominees must currently be enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program in sport, exercise, or performance psychology or related field such as clinical or counseling psychology. ECP nominees must have received their degrees in SEPP or a related field no more than ten years prior to the award decision.

The nominee must also be a member of an underrepresented group in SEPP, including but not limited to, ethnic and racial minorities, religious minorities, LGBTQ-identified individuals, first-generation college students, and/or persons with disabilities.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete and submit all applications by the annual deadline of May 1. Applications can be submitted via email to the past president, who chairs the Awards Committee.


Interested students/ECPs will need to submit an application that includes the following:

Cover letter

In a one-page, single-spaced cover letter, please describe:

  • your education, training and current position, if applicable (e.g., first year master’s student in SEPP, third-year doctoral student in counseling psychology, 2016 PhD graduate and assistant professor in SEPP or psychologist in private practice);
  • why issues of diversity, inclusion, and social justice are important to the work of all SEPP professionals and how this relates to your specific professional goals;
  • how attending the APA convention/participating as a member of the society will help enhance your professional development in SEPP;
  • presentation(s) you are providing during convention (if applicable);
  • financial need;
  • In your signature, please also include your name, address, phone, email address, and APA member number.

Letter of reference

A letter of reference from the student’s advisor/supervisor or ECP’s faculty mentor or colleague who can verify enrollment, provide a general reference about the applicant, and describe the applicant’s commitment and potential for advancing sport, exercise, and performance psychology.

Curriculum vitae

An abbreviated two-page curriculum vitae that highlights the applicant’s most recent work and research or practice most relevant to sport, exercise, and performance psychology.


Application materials will be evaluated by the Awards Committee chaired by the society’s past president based on the merit of the application and the applicant’s overall potential for advancing the field of sport, exercise and performance psychology.


Applicants will be notified via email regarding status of their application. All applicants will be notified of selection decisions by early to mid-June.

Please email the past president, who chairs the Awards Committee, with any questions.

Last updated: June 2022Date created: April 2019