The awards and submissions listed below are currently open. For questions about these or other awards/submissions, contact SPSP.


Description

These grants are intended to support relatively inexpensive, well-powered studies that, if successful, will be submitted for publication and for presentation at the SPSP convention.  The maximum that may be requested is $1,500, and no more than $30,000 in grants will be distributed annually.  

The goal of the Small Grants program is primarily to support research for those post-Ph.D. who otherwise do not have the same amount of institutional resources (e.g., time free from teaching, access to graduate student support, internal funding mechanisms, grant writing resources) to support a sustained record of external funding. The Small Grant is especially intended to provide seed funding to help such individuals successfully apply for larger grants.

Awards may be used to compensate participants (on-line or in-person), purchase supplies, travel to research sites, or pay research assistants.  Funds may not be used for salary or travel to conferences, and no indirect costs will be granted to the awardee’s institution.

Eligibility

Applicants must be members (having obtained their doctorate at time of grant submission) of SPSP and their dues paid for the year of application. Selected applicants must receive institutional review board (IRB) approval prior to receiving the grant payment.

Award recipients must submit a report of the research to SPSP within six months of the completion of the study and, if the research is successful, are expected to submit it both for publication and for presentation at the SPSP convention.

Previous recipients of funds through the SPSP Small Grants Program are not eligible to re-apply.

How to Apply

We are now accepting grant applications for the Summer 2017 Cycle. Grant applications must include an abstract, a description of the proposed project (Abstract; Research Question, Goals of the Study, and Significance to Social-Personality Psychology; Research Design and Methodology; and Planned Analyses), a curriculum vitae (CV), the proposed timeline for completion of the research, and a budget.

The Review Committee will evaluate each proposal along the following criteria:

  1. Importance or significance of the topic to the field
  2. Clarity and quality of the research methodology and analyses that will be conducted. It is particularly important that applications include sufficient information to convince the Committee that the project will be completed to an ethical and publishable standard, so issues involving power, sample size, and planned analyses should be discussed.
  3. Appropriateness of the budget
  4. Feasibility of completing the project within the timeline provided; and
  5. Average amount of grant dollars per year awarded to the PI for research. 
Ends on June 1, 2017
The Robert B. Cialdini Prize is a prize for a single outstanding contribution that recognizes the author(s) of a publication that uses field methods and demonstrates relevance to outside groups. It is designed to recognize the publication that best explicates social psychological phenomena principally through the use of field research methods and settings and that thereby demonstrates the relevance of the discipline to communities outside of academic social psychology within a given year.

This prize is intended to encourage work that both uses field methods and settings and has external applicability to outside communities. This prize is not intended for solely laboratory studies that have societal applicability, although reports that incorporate a small number of lab studies in the publication package will not be excluded from consideration if the bulk of the work was completed in the field.

The term “field research methods” is meant to be inclusive of field experiments, and is not limited to correlational or nonexperimental approaches. The term “field research settings” is meant to include naturally-occurring domains in which research participants can expect to find themselves under normal life circumstances and in which they are unlikely to suppose that they are research participants.

Recipients of this prize split a $2400 honorarium and each receive an accompanying plaque, which are presented at the annual Awards Ceremony held at the SPSP Annual Convention. Additionally, recipients receive a complimentary one-year SPSP membership. This prize was endowed by Robert Cialdini through the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology.

Eligibility

  • Eligible papers must have been published in peer-reviewed journals or as book chapters during the calendar year prior to nomination. For example, to be nominated in 2017, the publication must have been printed in calendar year 2016. Papers and chapters still "in press" are not eligible.

Application Requirements

  • Electronic version of the nominated piece (in PDF or .doc format)
  • One paragraph letter of nomination describing how the article fits the criteria
  • If the nominated piece is a chapter and does not contain an abstract, a 150-word abstract must also be included

More information on our website
Questions should be directed to awards@spsp.org.

Ends on June 1, 2017

The SPSP Book Prize for the Promotion of Social and Personality Science is a prize for a single outstanding contribution that honors a book written by a psychologist that makes a distinctive and important contribution to the field by promoting an understanding of the science of social and personality psychology to the general public. Edited, ghost-written, and co-written books are eligible for this award, and submitters will be asked to clarify the roles of such contributors during the application process.

The recipient will receive a $500 honorarium and an accompanying plaque, which are presented at the annual Awards Ceremony held at the SPSP Annual Convention, as well as a complimentary one-year SPSP membership. 

Eligibility

  • For the 2017 Book Prize, eligible books are those published during calendar year 2016, i.e. those with a 2016 copyright date.
  • Books, unpublished and ‘in press’, are not eligible.
  • Published in 2016 means (as rightly interpreted) appears in print in 2016 (i.e. not in press or published in 2015).
  • The publication year is the year the book was first published, not subsequent publications, i.e. into paperback format.
  • Edited, ghost-written, and co-written books are eligible for this award, and submitters will be asked to clarify the roles of such contributors during the application process.

Application Requirements

  • A brief nominating letter.
  • 5 copies may be mailed by the submitter to the Washington DC SPSP Executive Office (must be received by June 1st)

        And/or

  • An E-file uploaded to this submittable form. 
We encourage the submission of BOTH an electronic file and a physical copy of the book. If you are submitting hard copies, online nomination forms must still be completed.

More information on our website.
Questions should be directed to awards@spsp.org.
The Application of Personality and Social Psychology Award is a senior career award that honors a social or personality psychologist who has applied theoretical and/or empirical psychological discoveries and advances to the understanding and improvement of important practical problems across his or her career. This could include making applied theoretical and/or empirical psychological discoveries and advances while working in an academic setting, for applying social or personality psychology to other domains such as education, health, law, politics, or consumer behavior, or by working with organizations, government agencies, or industry. 

Recipients of this award receive a $1000 honorarium and accompanying plaque, which are presented at the annual Awards Ceremony held at the SPSP Annual Convention, as well as a complimentary one-year SPSP membership. In addition, travel and registration to the convention are provided, plus a three-night hotel stay. 

Eligibility

  • Recipient should have a distinguished record of psychological application to practical problems. 
  • Recipient should not have previously been awarded an SPSP senior career award (these include the Block Award, Campbell Award, Distinguished Scholar Award, Career Contribution Award, Methodological Innovator Award, and Application Award).

Application Requirements

  • Letter of nomination detailing the applied theoretical and/or empirical psychological discoveries and advances the nominee has made, or his or her applied contributions to organizations outside academia.
  • Nominee's current vita with list of publications.

More information on our website.
Questions should be directed to
awards@spsp.org.

Ends on June 1, 2017

The SPSP Service to the Field Award on Behalf of Personality and Social Psychology is for distinguished efforts by individuals to benefit the field of social and personality psychology generally. These efforts may involve activities to support educational and research activities in the field, professional leadership, and achievements that enhance the reputation of the field. Recipients may be members of the Society or the profession or individuals outside of psychology or academia. The Society recognizes the diversity of activities that may merit this award.

Recipients of this award receive a $500 honorarium and accompanying plaque, which is presented at the annual Awards Ceremony held at the SPSP Annual Convention, as well as a complimentary one-year SPSP membership.

Eligibility

  • Recipients will have made contributions to the field that may appear in various forms.

Application Requirements

  • Letter of nomination detailing the nominee’s contributions to the field.
  • Nominee's current vita in electronic format. 

More information on our website.
Questions should be directed to
awards@spsp.org.

The Carol and Ed Diener Award in Personality Psychology is designed to recognize a mid-career scholar (approximately 15-25 years from their first tenure-track appointment) whose work has added substantially to the body of knowledge to the personality field and/or brings together personality psychology and social psychology.

Recipients of this award receive a $1000 honorarium and accompanying plaque, which are presented at the annual Awards Ceremony held at the SPSP Annual Convention. In addition, up to $1500 for convention travel, registration, and hotel expenses are provided, as well as a complimentary one-year SPSP membership. This award was endowed by Carol and Ed Diener through the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology.

Eligibility

  • Recipients will be mid-career (approximately 15-25 years past their first appointment) who have made significant contributions to the field of personality psychology.

Application Requirements

  • Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by others.
  • A letter of recommendation detailing how the nominee's work fits the award criteria is required.
  • Nominee’s current vita in electronic format.

More information on our website.
Questions should be directed to
awards@spsp.org.

The Carol and Ed Diener Award in Social Psychology is designed to recognize a mid-career scholar (approximately 15-25 years from their first tenure-track appointment) whose work has added substantially to the body of knowledge to the social psychology field and/or brings together personality psychology and social psychology.

Recipients of this award receive a $1000 honorarium and accompanying plaque, which are presented at the annual Awards Ceremony held at the SPSP Annual Convention. In addition, up to $1500 for convention travel, registration, and hotel expenses are provided, as well as a complimentary one-year SPSP membership. This award was endowed by Carol and Ed Diener through the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology.

Eligibility

  • Recipients will be mid-career (approximately 15-25 years past their first appointment) who have made significant contributions to the field of social psychology.

Application Requirements

  • Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by others
  • A letter of recommendation detailing how the nominee's work fits the award criteria is required
  • Nominee's current vita in electronic format
More information on our website.
Additional questions should be directed to awards@spsp.org.

The Media Award for Excellence in Science Journalism honors a member of the media for excellence in coverage of the personality and social psychology field. Recipients may be recognized for a particular piece of media coverage published in 2016 or for a distinguished record of disseminating knowledge of the field to the general public. Blogs and op-eds writted by academics are not eligible.

The recipient will receive a $500 honorarium and accompanying plaque which are presented at the Awards Ceremony held at the SPSP Annual Convention, as well as a complimentary one-year SPSP membership. The winner also receives complimentary registration and travel to the convention, plus a three night hotel stay.

Eligibility

  • Recipients should have made significant contributions to the field of personality and social psychology through journalism.

Application Requirements

  • A brief nominating letter
  • Links or e-files to the individual's work
More information on our website
Questions should be directed to awards@spsp.org.

The Methodological Innovator Award is a senior career award that recognizes an individual who has made a significant or sustained contribution to innovative methods in social and personality psychology across his or her career. The award recognizes contributions that are especially likely to generate the discovery of new hypotheses, new phenomena, or new ways of thinking about the discipline of social/personality psychology. The award is made in recognition of a record of sustained contributions in one or several areas. 

Recipients of this award receive a $1000 honorarium and accompanying plaque, which are presented at the annual Awards Ceremony held at the SPSP Annual Convention, as well as a complimentary one-year SPSP membership. In addition, travel and registration to the convention are provided, plus a three-night hotel stay.

Eligibility

  • Recipients are the creators of a sustained innovative methodological contribution (including developments of new methods, including analytic methods; innovative applications of existing methods; and creative application of methods from other fields). Contributions by an individual could include articles, papers, book chapters, books, websites, pieces of software or hardware, symposia, or other inventions created or released and judged to be innovative.

Application Requirements

  • Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by others.
  • Nomination letters (1 page maximum) should specify the nature and impact (or likely impact) of the nominee’s contributions. 
  • Supporting materials, such as the nominee’s current vita in electronic format, can be included in the nomination package.
  • Recipient should not have previously been awarded an SPSP senior career award (these include the Block Award, Campbell Award, Distinguished Scholar Award, Career Contribution Award, Methodological Innovator Award, and Application Award). 

More information on our website.
Questions should be directed to awards@spsp.org.

The Nalini Ambady Award for Mentoring Excellence is a teaching and mentoring award that honors a personality or social psychologist who has demonstrated a career-long commitment to fostering the professional and intellectual development of students and early career researchers. This award is intended to recognize exceptional and selfless efforts to shape our field through mentoring activities that promote research integrity, impact, and productivity, and also a record of serving as an accessible and supportive advisor. The award is named in memory of Nalini Ambady, who was widely-known for her dedicated mentoring of undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty.

Recipients of this award receive a $500 honorarium and accompanying plaque, which are presented at the annual Awards Ceremony held at the SPSP Annual Convention, as well as a complimentary one-year SPSP membership.

Eligibility

  • Recipients should have made significant contributions through a career-long commitment to fostering the professional and intellectual development of students and early career researchers.
  • Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by others.

Application Requirements

  • A Letter of nomination that describes the nominee’s mentoring objectives, process, and influence on the field, including a list of previous mentees if desired.
  • Letters of support from up to five graduate student mentees.
  • Nominee's current vita in electronic format.

More information on our website.
Questions should be directed to awards@spsp.org.

The Block Award is SPSP's senior career award for research accomplishment in personality psychology. It was named for Jack Block, who was known for his analytic and theoretical sophistication and depth, as well as for his broad interests. The recipients of this award are recognized for their scientifically rigorous career research accomplishments in personality psychology rather than for a specific discovery or article. 

Recipients of this award receive a $1000 honorarium and accompanying plaque, which are presented at the annual Awards Ceremony held at the SPSP Annual Convention, as well as a complimentary one-year SPSP membership. In addition, travel and registration to the convention are provided, plus a three-night hotel stay, and the recipient will give an address in a special plenary session (along with the Campbell Award and Distinguished Scholar recipients).

Eligibility

  • Recipients should have shown career research accomplishment in personality psychology.

Application Requirements

  • Letter of nomination detailing the nominee’s scientifically rigorous career research accomplishments in personality psychology.
  • Nominee's current vita in electronic format with list of publications.
  • Recipient should not have previously been awarded an SPSP senior career award (these include the Block Award, Campbell Award, Distinguished Scholar Award, Career Contribution Award, Methodological Innovator Award, and Application Award).

More information on our website.
Questions should be directed to awards@spsp.org.

The Donald T. Campbell Award is a senior career award that recognizes distinguished scholarly achievement and sustained excellence in research in social psychology. This award is intended to recognize rigorous research over one's career, rather than one specific discovery or publication.

This award honors an individual who has contributed to the field of social psychology in significant ways. It is not limited by research area or methodological approach to social psychological science.

Recipients of this award receive a $1000 honorarium and accompanying plaque, which are presented at the annual Awards Ceremony held at the SPSP Annual Convention, as well as a complimentary one-year SPSP membership. In addition, travel and registration to the convention are provided, plus a three-night hotel stay, and the recipient will give an address in a special plenary session (along with the Block Award and Distinguished Scholar recipients).

Eligibility

  • Recipients should have shown distinguished scholarly achievement and sustained excellence in research in social psychology.

Application Requirements

  • Letter of nomination detailing the nominee’s distinguished scholarly achievement, sustained excellence, and scientifically rigorous career research accomplishments in social psychology.
  • Nominee's current vita in electronic format with list of publications.
  • Recipient should not have previously been awarded an SPSP senior career award (these include the Block Award, Campbell Award, Distinguished Scholar Award, Career Contribution Award, Methodological Innovator Award, and Application Award). 

More information on our website.
Questions should be directed to awards@spsp.org.

Ends on June 1, 2017

The Career Contribution Award is a senior career award that honors a scholar who has made major theoretical and/or empirical contributions to social psychology and/or personality psychology or to bridging these areas together. This award may recognize recipients who have been under-recognized for their distinguished scholarly contributions across long and productive careers.

Recipients of this award receive a $1000 honorarium and accompanying plaque, which are presented at the annual Awards Ceremony held at the SPSP Annual Convention, as well as a complimentary one-year SPSP membership. In addition, travel and registration to the convention, plus a three-night hotel stay, are provided.

Eligibility

  • Recipients will be senior scholars who have made major theoretical and/or empirical contributions to social psychology and/or personality psychology or to bridging these areas, and have been under-recognized for their distinguished scholarly contributions across long and productive careers.

Application Requirements

  • Letter of nomination detailing the nominee’s major theoretical and/or empirical contributions to social psychology and/or personality psychology or to bridging these areas.
  • Nominee's current vita in electronic format with list of publications.
  • Recipient should not have previously been awarded an SPSP senior career award (these include the Block Award, Campbell Award, Distinguished Scholar Award, Career Contribution Award, Methodological Innovator Award, and Application Award).

More information on our website.
Questions should be directed to awards@spsp.org.

Ends on June 1, 2017

The Distinguished Scholar Award is a senior career award that recognizes the broad scope and potentially integrative nature of scholarship in personality and social psychology. It honors a scholar who has made distinctively valuable research contributions across his or her career that bridge personality and social psychology or bridge personality or social psychology to another field (ie. law, education, organizations, or medicine). It is intended for individuals whose career contributions are outstanding, but do not fit neatly within the prototypical social or personality research areas.

Recipients of this award receive a $1000 honorarium and accompanying plaque, which are presented at the annual Awards Ceremony held at the SPSP Annual Convention, as well as a complimentary one-year SPSP membership. In addition, travel and registration to the convention are provided, plus a three-night hotel stay, and the recipient will give an address in a special plenary session (along with the Block Award and Campbell Award recipients). 

Eligibility

  • Recipients are scholars who have made distinctively valuable research contributions across his or her career in areas that bridge personality and social psychology or bridge personality or social psychology to another field (ie. law, education, organizations, or medicine). 

Application Requirements

  • Letter of nomination detailing the nominee’s career contributions that bridge personality and social psychology or bridge personality or social psychology to another field (ie. law, education, organizations, or medicine).
  • Nominee's current vita in electronic format with list of publications.
  • Recipient should not have previously been awarded an SPSP senior career award (these include the Block Award, Campbell Award, Distinguished Scholar Award, Career Contribution Award, Methodological Innovator Award, and Application Award).

More information on our website.
Questions should be directed to awards@spsp.org.

The Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring award was designed to recognize excellence in teaching and mentoring among faculty at colleges and universities that do not have Ph.D. programs in social and/or personality psychology. The award is open to faculty at community colleges and those whose teaching is primarily online.

Recipients receive $500 and a plaque, which is presented at the Awards Ceremony held at the SPSP Annual Convention, as well as a complimentary one-year SPSP membership.

Eligibility

  • Self-nominations are encouraged.
  • Recipients should have shown excellence in teaching and mentoring at an institution without a Ph.D. program in social and/or personality psychology.
  • This award is open to faculty who have been teaching and mentoring students full-time for five years since receiving their doctoral degree.
  • Recipients may teach at a 4-year or 2-year institution.

Application Requirements

  • Documentation of mentoring excellence such as student mentored projects, conference presentations, student mentored publications, student success in the field  (1 page cover letter)
  • Three letters of support (at least one from a current or former student)
  • Teaching Statement including courses and teaching philosophy  (1 page)
  • The nominee’s current vita in electronic format (maximum of 3 pages) 
  • Summarized Student evaluation data (1 page)

More information on our website.
Questions should be directed to awards@spsp.org.

The Daniel M. Wegner Theoretical Innovation Prize is a prize for a single outstanding contribution that recognizes the author of an article or book chapter judged to provide the most innovative theoretical contribution to social/personality psychology within a given year. 

Any kind of innovative theoretical contribution can be considered for the prize, including presentations of new theories, new theory-based integrations of disparate areas of inquiry, and significant extensions of existing theories to new areas of inquiry. Theoretical contributions are eligible for the prize regardless of whether they appear in stand-alone theoretical papers, within conceptually-based literature reviews, or in some other type of article or book chapter in which conceptual innovation is highlighted.

Recipients of this award receive a $700 honorarium (split among winning authors) and accompanying plaque, which are presented at the annual Awards Ceremony held at the SPSP Annual Convention, as well as a complimentary one-year SPSP membership. This award was endowed by support from Worth Publishers through the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology.

Eligibility

  • Recipients are the authors of eligible papers. Eligible papers must have been published in peer-reviewed journals or as book chapters during the calendar year prior to nomination. For example, to be nominated in 2017, the publication must have been printed in calendar year 2016. Papers and chapters still "in press" are not eligible.

Application Requirements

  • Electronic version of the nominated piece (in PDF or .doc format)
  • One paragraph letter of nomination describing how the article fits the criteria
  • If the nominated piece is a chapter and does not contain an abstract, a 150-word abstract must also be included

More information on our website.
Questions should be directed to awards@spsp.org.