Distinguished Career Awards

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  1. APA Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award honors psychologists who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to basic research in psychology. Award - consists of a citation and a cash prize, which are presented at the APA Annual Convention.
  2. APA Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology honors psychologists who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical advances in psychology leading to the understanding or amelioration of important practical problems. Award - consists of a citation and a cash prize, which are presented at the APA Annual Convention.
  3. APA Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to psychological science through their commitment to a culture of service. Award - an honorarium of $1,000. Eligibility - Nominees will have demonstrated their service to the discipline by aiding in association governance; serving on boards, committees and various psychological associations; editing journals; reviewing grant proposals; mentoring students and colleagues; advocating for psychological science's best interests with state and federal lawmakers; and promoting the value of psychological science in the public eye.
  4. APA Meritorious Research Service Commendation recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to psychological science through their service as employees of the federal government or other organizations.
  5. APA APF Gold Medal Awards for Life Achievement bestowed in recognition of a distinguished career and enduring contribution to psychology. Award - All awardees receive a gold medal, an all-expense paid trip to the APA annual convention, where the award is presented, and a $2,000 donation is made in their name to the charity of their choice. Eligibility - Psychologists must be 65 years or older, normally residing in North America, and must show evidence of enduring contribution to the particular category the award represents.
  6. APA APF Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award recognizes a significant career of contributions to the teaching of psychology. Award - The awardee will receive a plaque, $2,000, and an all-expense paid round trip to the APA annual convention, where the award is presented and they are invited to give an address. Eligibility - proven track record as an exceptional teacher of psychology.
  7. APA APF Theodore Millon Mid-Career Award in Personality Psychology is conferred annually to an outstanding mid-career psychologist engaged in advancing the science of personality psychology. Award - The recipient will receive $1,000 and a plaque at the APA convention. Eligibility - Nominees should be no less than 10 years and no more than 20 years post doctoral degree.
  8. APA APF Wilhelm Wundt-William James Award for Exceptional Contributions to Trans-Atlantic Psychology recognizes a significant record of trans-Atlantic research collaboration. Award - recipients receive a mounted gold medallion, which is presented at the biennial meeting of the congress of the European Federation of Psychology Associations (EFPA). Eligibility - Nominees must be either a European or North American psychologist who is recognized internationally as having made a substantial and original contribution to European and American psychology as a science or a profession.
  9. APA International Humanitarian Award recognizes extraordinary humanitarian service and activism by a psychologist or a team of psychologists, including professional and/or volunteer work conducted primarily in the field with under-served populations. Eligibility - Nominees do not have to be members or affiliate members of the Association. Recipients are psychologists or teams of psychologists working under the aegis of local, national, and international organizations that provide psycho-social and humanitarian services.
  10. APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology recognizes distinguished and enduring lifetime contributions to the international cooperation and advancement of knowledge in psychology. Eligibility - Candidates may be from any country.
  11. APA Div 49 (Groups) Distinguished Group Psychologist Award honors a distinguished group psychologist whose theory, research, or practice has made some important contributions to our knowledge of group behavior.
  12. APS William James Fellow Award honors APS Members for their lifetime of significant intellectual contributions to the basic science of psychology. Honorees are recognized annually at the APS Convention.
  13. APS James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award recognizes APS Members for a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the area of applied psychological research. Recipients must be APS Members whose research addresses a critical problem in society at large.
  14. SPSP Donald T. Campbell Award for distinguished contributions in social psychology. Recipients are selected by a SPSP nominating committee rather than being solicited.
  15. SPSP Jack Block Award for distinguished contributions in personality psychology. Recipients are selected by a SPSP nominating committee rather than being solicited.
  16. SPSP Henry A. Murray Award for distinguished contributions to the study of lives. Recipients are selected by a SPSP nominating committee rather than being solicited.
  17. SPSP Award for Distinguished Service to Society for distinguished service to the society of personality and social psychology. Recipients are selected by a SPSP nominating committee rather than being solicited.
  18. SPSP Award for Distinguished Service to Field for distinguished service on behalf of Social-Personality Psychology. Recipients are selected by a SPSP nominating committee rather than being solicited.
  19. SPSSI Lewin Memorial Award presented annually for outstanding contributions to the development and integration of psychological research and social action. Award - recipient presents a distinguished address each year as part of SPSSI's program at the annual APA Convention or at SPSSI's biennial convention.
  20. Sigma Xi William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement awarded annually to a scientist who has made an outstanding contribution to scientific research and has demonstrated an ability to communicate the significance of this research to scientists in other disciplines. Award - certificate of award, a Steuben glass sculpture and $5,000. In addition, each recipient is asked to designate a younger scholar, usually working in the same field, to receive a $5,000 Grant-in-Aid of Research award from the Procter Prize Fund. Eligibility - evidence of outstanding scientific contributions and ability to communicate the significance of their research to scientists in other disciplines.
  21. Sigma Xi John P. McGovern Science and Society Award is presented annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to science and society. Award - honorarium of $5,000, the John P. McGovern Science and Society Medal, and the recipient presents the annual John P. McGovern Science and Society Lecture at Sigma Xi's annual meeting. Eligibility - evidence of outstanding contribution to science and society.
  22. Sigma Xi Walston Chubb Award for Innovation is given annually to honor and promote creativity among scientists. Award - $4,000 honorarium and an invitation to give the Walston Chubb Award Lecture at Sigma Xi's annual meeting. Eligibility - evidence of innovation, defined as research into new areas of potential scientific importance, a novel approach to a long-standing problem in science or research that may create a new methodology of importance to science.
  23. SESP Distinguished Scientist Award is given annually to honor individuals who have made unusually important contributions to experimental social psychology. The recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award is chosen by a subcommittee appointed by the SESP Executive Committee.
  24. William T. Grant Foundation Distinguished Fellows Program supports mid-career influential researchers, policymakers, and practitioners. The goal of the program is to increase the supply of, demand for, and use of high-quality research in the service of improved youth outcomes. Award – each Fellow will receive up to $175,000 for the duration of the Fellowship, which may range between six months and two years. Eligibility – Influential mid-career researchers, policymakers, and practitioners.
  25. AAAS Philip Hauge Abelson Award given annually to a scientist whose career has been distinguished both for scientific achievement and for other notable services to the scientific community. Award - a monetary prize of $5,000, a commemorative plaque, complimentary registration, and reimbursement for reasonable travel and hotel expenses to attend the AAAS Annual Meeting are given to the recipient. Eligibility - exceptional contributions to advancing science.
  26. AAAS Award for International Scientific Cooperation recognizes an individual or a limited number of individuals working together in the scientific or engineering community for making an outstanding contribution to furthering international cooperation in science and engineering. Award - a monetary prize of $5,000, a commemorative plaque, complimentary registration, and reimbursement for reasonable travel and hotel expenses to attend the AAAS Annual Meeting are given to the recipient. Eligibility - award is open to all regardless of nationality or citizenship.
  27. AAAS Award for Public Understanding of Science & Technology recognizes scientists and engineers who make outstanding contributions to the "popularization of science." Award - a monetary prize of $5,000, a commemorative plaque, complimentary registration, and reimbursement for reasonable travel and hotel expenses to attend the AAAS Annual Meeting to receive the prize are given to the recipient. Eligibility - scientists while working in their fields, have also contributed substantially to public understanding of science and technology.
  28. AAAS Mentor Awards (Lifetime Mentor Award and Mentor Award) both honor individuals who during their careers demonstrate extraordinary leadership to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in science fields and careers. These groups include: women of all racial or ethnic groups; African American, Native American, and Hispanic men; and people with disabilities. Both awards recognize an individual who has mentored and guided significant numbers of students from underrepresented groups to the completion of doctoral studies or who has impacted the climate of a department, college, or institution to significantly increase the diversity of students pursuing and completing doctoral studies. Award - Lifetime Mentor Award: A prize of $5,000 will be awarded. This individual will have served in the role of mentor for 25 or more years. Mentor Award: A prize of $5,000 will be awarded. This individual will have served in the role of mentor for less than 25 years. Eligibility - the award is open to all regardless of nationality or citizenship.
  29. AAAS Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award honors scientists and engineers whose exemplary actions have served to foster scientific freedom and responsibility. Award - prize of $5,000, a commemorative plaque, complimentary registration, and reimbursement for travel and hotel expenses to attend the AAAS Annual Meeting. Eligibility - the award is open to all regardless of nationality or citizenship.
  30. The Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology provides the Carol and Ed Diener Awards for outstanding contributions to either personality or social psychology. Award - One award will be made in personality psychology, the other in social psychology. To nominate an individual for either the personality or social award, please submit a letter of recommendation and a CV of the nominee the executive office of SPSP Executive Office. Such materials should be submitted electronically to spsp at cornell.edu. Eligibility - Recipients will be researchers who are approximately 15-25 years from their first tenure-track appointment, and especially those who have successfully bridged boundaries between disciplines, including scholars whose work brings together personality psychology and social psychology.




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