The American Psychological Foundation places a premium on developing psychological talent. Find out more about APF’s upcoming grants, awards, and scholarships.

Please share these opportunities as you see fit. If you need assistance finding opportunities – please email APF’s Program Coordinator, Julia Watson at, please include your career stage and research goals in your message. 


Clark Grant

2021 Kenneth B. and Mamie P. Clark Fund: $8,000

Due June 15, 2021

$8,000 to support research and demonstration activities that promote the understanding of the relationship between self-identity and academic achievement with an emphasis on children in grade levels K-8.

Eligibility: The 2021 grant will support an early career psychologist. 

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Div. 39 McCary Psychoanalysis Grant

2021 Div. 39 Psychoanalysis Grant: $6,000

Due June 15, 2021

$6,000 to support efforts in education, research and service that advance and encourage the field of psychoanalysis. Special consideration will be given to proposals related to COVID-19 and/or Racism. 

Eligibility: Applicants must have a demonstrated knowledge of psychoanalytic principles and have a long-term interest in communicating to the public the value of psychoanalytic principles and/or treatments. Applicants may be practicing psychoanalytic therapists, but this is not a requirement.

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COGDOP Scholarships

2021 APF Graduate Student Scholarships/ ‘COGDOP’: $5,000

Due June 30, 2021

$2,000 to $5,000 general scholarships for graduate students in psychology. The purpose of this scholarship program is to assist graduate students of psychology with research costs associated with the master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation.

Each graduate department of psychology that is a member of COGDOP may approve applicants. The number of applicants that each member department is allowed to approve depends upon the total number of students enrolled in the graduate program.

Eligibility: Graduate students enrolled in an interim master’s program or doctoral program are eligible to apply. If a student is currently enrolled in a terminal master’s program, the student must intend to enroll in a PhD program. Students at any stage of graduate study are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be currently enrolled in the graduate program at the time grants are awarded (2021- 2022 academic year).

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Stuart Grant

2021 Marian R. Stuart Grant: $20,000

Due July 1, 2021

Up to $20,000 to further the research, practice, or education of an early career psychologist on the connection between mental and physical health, particularly for work that contributes to public health.

Eligibility: Applicants must be early career researchers no more than 10 years postdoctoral. Preference will be given to psychologists working in medical schools.

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Brehm Scholarships

2021 Sharon Stephens Brehm Undergrad Psych Scholarships: $5,000

Due July 1, 2021

The Sharon Stephens Brehm Undergraduate Psychology Scholarships will recognize outstanding psychology undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need. The Brehm Scholarships will help defray the students’ direct educational costs (e.g. tuition, institutional fees, required textbooks, etc.). Six $5,000 scholarships are available. Funding will be available to recipients for the spring 2022 semester.

Eligibility: Applicants must be undergraduate students majoring in psychology at an accredited college or university. Applicants must be enrolled as declared psychology majors for the Fall 2021 semester. Since funding is available during the Spring 2022 semester, applicants must plan to be enrolled during the Spring 2022 semester.

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Barlow Grant

2021 David H. and Beverly A. Barlow Grant: $7,500

Due September 15, 2021

Up to $7,500 to support innovative basic and clinical research on anxiety and anxiety-related disorders.

Eligibility: Applicants must be graduate students or early career researchers no more than 10 years postdoctoral.

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Walsh Grant

2021 Bruce and Jane Walsh Grant in Memory of John Holland: $17,500

Due September 15, 2021

$17,500 to support the investigation of how personality, culture, and environment influence work behavior and health.

Eligibility: Applicants must be graduate students or early career researchers no more than 10 years postdoctoral. Preference will be given to early-career psychologists. 

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Walfish Competition

2021 Div. 42 Steven O. Walfish Competition: $2,250

Due September 30, 2021

Applicants are required to submit manuscripts on clinical, practical, or research innovations that address evolving standards, practices, and methods in psychological practice.

Priority considerations will be given to candidates whose research addresses the psychological effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; considerations and impact of telehealth, including but not limited to the practice of telehealth during COVID-19; cultural and ethnic issues bearing on providing psychological services to individuals and groups.

Eligibility: Applicants must be graduate students or early career psychologists no more than 10 years postdoctoral. Applicants must submit a manuscript that has not been previously published. In the case of multi-authored manuscripts, the role of each co-author should be described, and the award candidate’s role must be primary.

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Pearsall Grant

2021 Scott and Paul Pearsall Grant: $10,000

Due October 1, 2021

The Scott and Paul Pearsall Grant supports graduate and early career work that seeks to increase the public’s understanding of the psychological pain and stigma experienced by adults living with visible physical disabilities, such as cerebral palsy.

Eligibility: Applicants must be full-time graduate students in good standing at an accredited university or early career psychologists no more than 10 years postdoctoral.

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Peterson-Homer Grant

2021 Div. 54 Lizette Peterson-Homer Injury Prevention Grant: $5,000

Due October 15, 2021

$5,000 for research on the prevention of injuries in children and adolescents through accidents, violence, abuse, or suicide.

Eligibility: Applicants must be graduate students or faculty members at an accredited university.

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