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 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 Scott and Paul Pearsall Scholarship

The Scott and Paul Pearsall Scholarship supports graduate work that seeks to increase the public’s understanding of the psychological pain and stigma experienced by adults who live with physical disabilities, such as cerebral palsy. Proposals with a clear plan for disseminating findings through media are given preference.

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.


Program Goals

The Scott and Paul Pearsall Scholarship

  • Encourages talented students to orient their careers to understanding the psychological effect of stigma on people with disabilities.
  • Develops strategies to improve the public’s understanding of the psychological pain and stigma felt by individuals with physical disability, in order to reduce harmful misconceptions
  • Encourages dissemination of findings to the public, expressly through media.



One $10,000 scholarship

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:

  • Be full-time graduate students in good standing at an accredited university
  • Have received IRB approval before funding can be awarded if human participants are involved


Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated on:

  • Conformance with stated program goals
  • Quality of proposed work

Preference will be given to proposals that contain a plan to disseminate findings to the public, especially through media organizations such as the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) or the Entertainment Industry Council (EIC).


Proposal Requirements

  • Description of proposed project to include goal, relevant background, target population, methods, anticipated outcomes, plan for disseminating findings to the public. (No more than 5 pages; 1 inch margins, 11 point font)
  • Budget (1page)
  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation from faculty advisor
  • Proposal to be submitted as one PDF document


Submission Process and Deadline 

Submit a completed application online at http://forms.apa.org/apf/grants/ by October 1, 2014.

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