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American Psychological Foundation (APF) Mission and Funding

The APF provides financial support for innovative research and programs that enhance the power of psychology to elevate the human condition and advance human potential both now and in generations to come.  It executes this mission through a broad range of scholarships and grants.  For all of these, it encourages applications from individuals who represent diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation.

The Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award program recognizes an outstanding career contribution to the teaching of psychology.  Its description, application requirements, and procedures appear below.

APF supports original, innovative research and projects.  Although APF favors unique, independent work, the Foundation does fund derivative projects that are part of larger studies.





This program recognizes significant career of contributions of a psychologist who has a proven track record as an exceptional teacher of psychology.  Nominees should demonstrate and will be rated on the following dimensions:

-          Exemplary performance as a classroom teacher

-          Development of innovative curricula and courses

-          Development of effective teaching methods and/or materials

-          Teaching of advanced research methods and practice in psychology

-          Administrative facilitation of teaching

-          Research on teaching

-          Training of teachers of psychology

-          Evidence of influence as a teacher of students who become psychologists

Program Goals


-          Recognize individuals for outstanding accomplishment in the teaching of psychology

-          Encourage continued growth and contribution in this area

Funding Specifics


-          $2,000 award, all-expense paid round trip, and plaque presented at the APA convention

-          Awardees are invited to give a special address at the APA convention

We do not allow indirect costs to be taken out of grant monies, although applicants can use grant monies for stipend support and other administrative costs (software, materials, etc.).  Our policy on this is as follows, from the grant terms and conditions document:


No Institutional Indirect Costs.  The entire grant must be provided to the individual grantee for the stated purpose.  The grant may not be used to pay institutional indirect costs or overhead.  If funds will be administered by the grantee’s institution, the institution must affirm in writing that it will waive all administrative fees and charges for indirect costs. This assurance may be provided through the signature of a responsible official on this agreement. This assurance must be received before the funds can be released.


Eligibility Requirements



-          Demonstrated achievement related to the teaching of psychology

Evaluation Criteria


-          Conformance with stated program goals

-          Magnitude of professional accomplishment in the teaching of psychology


Nomination Requirements


-          Nomination cover letter outlining the nominee’s contributions to the teaching of psychology

-          Current CV and bibliography

-          Up to ten supporting letters from colleagues, administrators, and former students

-          (All nomination  materials should be submitted or forwarded to APF in one package)

Submission Process and Deadline 


Submit a completed application online at http://forms.apa.org/apf/grants/ or mailed to the American Psychological Foundation, Distinguished Teaching Awards, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242 by December 1, 2011.                   

Questions about this program should be directed to Kim Palmer Rowsome, Program Officer, at krowsome@apa.org.