Division 17 Counseling Psychology Grants – Request for Proposals



 About the American Psychological Foundation (APF)

APFAPF 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.


Since 1953, APF has supported a broad range of scholarships and grants for students and early career psychologists as well as research and program grants that use psychology to improve people’s lives.


APF encourages applications from individuals who represent diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation.


About the Division 17 Counseling Psychology Grants

The Division 17 Counseling Psychology Grant program sponsors a wide range of activities aimed at enhancing the science and practice of counseling psychology, including basic and applied research, literary, and educational activities.


Program Goals

The Division 17 Counseling Psychology Grants

  • Encourage scientific, scholarly, and educational activities in the targeted area
  • Encourage research in implementation of innovative counseling programs and models


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.



The Division has $7,000 available to fund one or more proposals. Typically, the Division funds two to three proposals in the range of $1,000-$3,000 each.


For grants and scholarships that are $10,000 or more, APF will make the award to your institution.  APF does not allow institutional indirect costs or overhead costs. Applicants may use grant monies for direct administrative costs of their proposed project.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Have a membership in the Society for Counseling Psychology (Division 17)
  • Be affiliated with a nonprofit charitable, educational, or scientific institution, or governmental entity operating exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.
  • IRB approval must be received from host institution before funding can be awarded if human participants are involved
  • Early career psychologists (no more than 10 years post-doctoral) are encouraged to apply.


Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated on:

  • Conformance with stated program goals
  • Magnitude of incremental contribution in specified activity area
  • Quality of proposed work
  • Applicant’s demonstrated competence and capability to execute the proposed work
  • Criticality of funding for execution of work (particularly if part of a larger funded effort)


Proposal Requirements

  • Description of proposed project to include goal, relevant background, target population, methods, expected outcomes. Format: 5-10 pages (1 inch margins, no smaller than 11 point font)
  • CV of the project leader
  • Total cost of the project, including a detailed budget


Submission Process and Deadline 

Submit a completed application online by April 1, 2016.




Please be advised that APF does not provide feedback to applicants on their proposals.


Questions about this program should be directed to Samantha Edington, Program Officer, at sedington@apa.org.




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