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American Psychological Foundation Early Career Funding Opp.

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) is seeking to seed innovation through supporting projects and programs that use psychology to solve social problems. APF grants align with our mission of enhancing psychology to elevate the human condition and advance human potential. A list of all of the grants they make available can be found here. An assortment of relevant early career awards made by the foundation is listed below. 


David Wechsler Early Career Grant for Innovative Work in Cognition

  • Deadline - June 15, 2017
  • Who is eligible?
    • Be psychologists with an EdD, PsyD or PhD from an accredited university.
    • Be no more than 10 years post doctoral.
    • Have demonstrated competence and capacity to execute the proposed work.
  • What is the budget and duration?
    • $25,000 over 1 year
  • Additional Notes
    • The David Wechsler Early Career Grant for Innovative Work in Cognition supports early career psychologists pursuing innovative work in neuropsychology, intelligence and/ or the assessment aspects of cognition; those who work on positive applied neuropsychology are encouraged to apply.
    • APF does not allow institutional indirect costs or overhead costs. 
    • A PDF of the RFA can be downloaded here.

Bruce and Jane Walsh Grant in Memory of John Holland

  • Deadline - September 15, 2017
  • Who is eligible?
    • Preference is given to early career psychologists (ten years or less postdoctoral).
    • Be affiliated with 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.
    • Have demonstrated competence and capacity to execute the proposed work.
  • What is the budget and duration?
    • ​$13,000 over 1 year. 
  • Additional Notes
    • The Bruce and Jane Walsh Grant in Memory of John Holland supports scientific, scholarly or applied research and/or educational activities investigating how personality, culture and environment influence work behavior and health (mental and physical).
    • APF does not allow institutional indirect costs or overhead costs.
    • A PDF of the RFA can be downloaded here

Theodore Blau Early Career Award for Outstanding Contribution to Professional Clinical Psychology

  • Deadline - November 1, 2017
  • Who is eligible?
    • ​​Nominees should be no more than 10-years post doctoral degree. 
    • ​Be a psychologist with an EdD, PsyD, or PhD from an accredited university
    • Self-nomination is permitted.
  • What is the budget and duration?
    • $4,000 with no duration included
  • Additional Notes
    • No voting members of the Div. 12 board of directors will be eligible to receive awards from the division while serving their term.
    • Candidates can be simultaneously considered for multiple awards, although a psychologist may receive only one Div. 12 award in any given year.
    • This award honors a clinical psychologist for accomplishments and promise in clinical psychology. Accomplishments may include:
      • Promoting the practice of clinical psychology through professional service.
      • Innovation in service delivery.
      • Novel application of applied research methodologies to professional practice.
      • Positive impact on health delivery systems.
      • Development of creative educational programs for practice.
      • Other novel or creative activities advancing the service of the profession.

Pearson Early Career Grant

  • Deadline - December 31, 2017
  • Who is eligible?
    • Psychologists with an EdD, PsyD or PhD from an accredited university.
    • No more than ten years postdoctoral.
  • What is the budget and duration?
    • $12,000 over 1 year.
  • Additional Notes
    • The program's goals are to support psychology's efforts to improve areas of critical need in society, including but not limited to innovative scientifically based clinical work with serious mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, incarcerated or homeless individuals, children with serious emotional disturbance (SED) and adults with serious mental illness (SMI); and to encourage early career psychologists to devote their careers to under-served populations.
    • APF does not allow institutional indirect costs or overhead costs.
    • A PDF of the RFA can be downloaded here

APF Trauma Psychology Grant

  • Deadline - February 15, 2018
  • Who is eligible?
    • Be an early career psychologist (no more than 10 years post-doctoral).
    • Be affiliated with nonprofit charitable, educational, and scientific institutions, or governmental entities operating exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.
    • Have a demonstrated knowledge of trauma and trauma research.
    • Have demonstrated competence and capacity to execute the proposed work.
    • Have IRB approval from host institution before funding can be awarded if human participants are involved.
  • What is the budget and duration?
    • $4,000 over 1 year
  • Additional Notes
    • APF does not allow institutional indirect costs or overhead costs.
    • A PDF of the RFA can be downloaded here

F. J. McGuigan Early Career Investigator Research Prize on Understanding the Human Mind

  • Deadline - March 1, 2018
  • Who is eligible?
    • Nominees must have demonstrated commitment to stated program goals.
    • Be a psychologist or in a related field with a doctoral degree from an accredited university.
    • Be no more than 10 years postdoctoral.
  • What is the budget and duration?
    • $25,000 for an undisclosed amount of time
  • Additional Notes
    • Nominations must be submitted by a senior colleague
    • Self-nominations will NOT be accepted. 
    • The F.J. McGuigan Early Career Investigator Research Prize is given biennially to recognize and support the efforts of an early career psychological scientist who is pursuing research that aims to advance, either empirically or theoretically, a materialistic understanding of the human mind. The research may address any aspect of mental function (e.g., cognition, affect, motivation) and should utilize behavioral and/or neuroscientific methods

      Wayne F. Placek Grant

      • Deadline - March 1, 2018
      • What is the budget and duration?
        • $15,000 over 1 year
      • Who is eligible?
        • Must be either a doctoral‐level researcher or graduate student affiliated with an educational institution of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research organization.
        • Graduate students and early career researchers are encouraged to apply.
      • Additional Notes
        • The Wayne F. Placek Grant encourages research to increase the general public's understanding of homosexuality and sexual orientation, and to alleviate the stress that lesbian women, gay men, bisexual women, bisexual men and transgender individuals experience in this and future civilizations.
        • APF does not allow institutional indirect costs or overhead costs.
        • A PDF of the RFA can be downloaded here