APS Awards and Honors

APS honors members in the earliest stages of their careers as well as accomplished leaders with the field’s most prestigious awards and recognitions.

Upcoming Nomination/Submission Deadlines

February 7 – Student Poster Awards

January 10 – Student Grant Competition


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When I was in graduate school, my advisor told me that I could probably never be a professor because back then women weren’t professors. APS’s prestigious awards are important because they can recognize scientists who break the mold and make a difference in the field. If you know someone like that, I hope you will nominate them for one of APS’s awards.

Carol S. Dweck, APS James McKeen Cattell Fellow, APS William James Fellow, and APS Mentor Award recipient

Awards Spotlight

APS Awards and Honors >


  • APS James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award

    The 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.

  • APS William James Fellow Award

    The APS William James Fellow Award honors APS members for their lifetime of significant intellectual contributions to the basic science of psychology. Recipients must be APS members recognized internationally for their outstanding contributions to scientific psychology.

  • APS Mentor Award

    The APS Mentor Award honors the importance of mentoring in our field as well as the dedication and impact of individuals with a distinguished record of teaching, advising, and encouraging students and colleagues.


  • APS Fellows

    Fellow status is awarded to APS members who have made sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, service, and/or application.

  • APS Rising Stars

    The APS Rising Star designation is presented to outstanding APS members in the earliest stages of their research career post-PhD. This designation recognizes researchers whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions.

APS Student Awards and Grants >


  • Student Grant Competition

    To encourage student research in psychological science, the APS Student Grant Competition provides “seed grants” to support research in its initial development stages, e.g., the purchase of research materials or other expenses incurred prior to data collection. APS student affiliates are eligible.

  • Student Research Award

    Student Research Award

    Students presenting posters at the APS Annual Convention are eligible for the Student Research Award which recognizes outstanding research conducted by APS student affiliates. Research for this award is reviewed by student reviewers and overseen by the APSSC Student Awards Officer.

  • RISE Research Award

    RISE Research Award

    “Researching Injustice and Social Equity,” the RISE Award promotes and acknowledges student research in psychological science fields that address concerns related to socially and economically under-represented and international populations.

  • Emerging Scholar Research Award

    Emerging Scholar Research Award

    To celebrate the research and contributions of the APS student affiliates from diverse backgrounds, the Emerging Scholar Research Award will recognize individuals based on their personal statement, poster abstract submitted to the APS Annual Conference, and CV.

  • The Scott O. Lilienfeld APS Travel Award

    The Scott O. Lilienfeld APS Travel Award

    Honoring a leader in the field of clinical science, the Scott O. Lilienfeld APS Travel Award recognizes student achievement in psychological science research or theory. Recipients are selected from APS graduate student affiliates with posters at the APS Annual Convention.

  • The Psi Chi | APS Albert Bandura Graduate Research Award

    The Psi Chi | APS Albert Bandura Graduate Research Award

    Honoring Albert Bandura, a Distinguished Member of Psi Chi and the winner of two APS lifetime achievement awards, this award offers recognizes the most outstanding graduate, empirical research paper with official recognition and a cash prize from both Psi Chi and APS.