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APF Walter Katkovsky Scholarships


APF Walter Katkovsky Scholarships

 About the American Psychological Foundation (APF)

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.

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 Walter Katkovsky Scholarships

The Katkovsky Scholarships support early career postdoctoral licensed psychologists in clinical or counseling to obtain training in psychopharmacology.  The scholarships are intended to encourage opportunities for psychologists to join healthcare teams and benefit patients who have psychological and medical problems.

Funding Specifics

Up to nine (9) $5,000 scholarships are offered annually for first-year students enrolled in APA designated programs in psychopharmacology.

APF will disburse funds to the students’ institutions, which must be non-profit or governmental entities operating exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. The institution must agree to administer the scholarship before the funding will be released. APF does not allow institutional indirect costs.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must

  • Have applied to an APA designated program in psychopharmacology
  • Be an early career licensed psychologist (up to 10 years postdoctoral) in clinical or counseling psychology from programs accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Have experience with and commitment to working with patients who are experiencing medical problems in addition to psychological problems
  • Have experience in providing interventions/therapy based on theoretical and research-based conceptualizations of patient problems and disorders
  • Recognize the need to evaluate the potential benefits, limitations, and dangers of introducing and eliminating psychotropic medications as part of patients’ treatment plans
  • Be committed to providing psychological interventions/therapy as the primary treatment for patients
  • Show evidence of enrollment in an APA-designated program before receiving scholarship monies.

Preference will be given to those applicants with current or pending opportunities to work collaboratively with medical professionals in a medical setting (e.g., hospital, clinic, or community health center).

Application Requirements

Please include the following:

  • Statement on how candidate fulfills the eligibility requirements and how the candidate will be able to provide enhanced patient care through psychopharmacology training (no more than 5 pages, 1 inches margins, no smaller than 11 point font)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation supporting candidate’s qualifications with reference to the scholarship’s goals
  • Current CV

Submission Process and Deadline 

Submit a completed application online by December 1, 2016.


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

Please contact Erin Carney, Program Officer, at ecarney@apa.org with questions.