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David Wechsler Early Career Grant for Innovative Work in Cognition


David Wechsler Early Career Grant for Innovative Work in Cognition

 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 Grant

The David Wechsler Early Career Grant for Innovative Work in Cognition supports early career psychologists pursuing innovative work in neuropsychology, intelligence and/ or the assessment aspects of cognition; those who work on positive applied neuropsychology are encouraged to apply.


Up to $25,000

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.

Program Goals

  • Encourage the careers of early career psychologists to pursue innovative work in cognition, particularly those who work on positive applied neuropsychology
  • Seed the knowledge base with cutting-edge research in neuropsychology, intelligence and/or the assessment aspects of cognition

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be psychologists with an Ed.D., Psy.D., or Ph.D. from an accredited university
  • Be no more than 10 (ten) years postdoctoral
  • Have demonstrated competence and capacity to execute the proposed work

 Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated on:

  • Conformance with stated program goals and candidate’s qualifications
  • Quality and potential impact of proposed work
  • Originality, innovation and contribution to the field with proposed project
  • Applicant’s demonstrated competence and capability to execute the proposed work

 Proposal Requirements

  • Detailed proposal that makes a case for the need to be addressed; describes the proposed project, methodology and the applicant’s qualifications; and includes a detailed timeline, budget and justification
  • Current CV
  • Two letters of support

Submission Process and Deadline 

Submit a completed application online by June 15, 2016.


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

Please contact Samantha Edington, Program Officer, at sedington@apa.org with questions.