Nominations should include a type-written statement
of up to 500 words that traces the nominee’s cumulative
record of enduring contributions to the international advancement of psychology; a current vitae; a list of relevant
publications, and letters of support from three to five people familiar with the nominee’s work.
Candidates may be nominated by APA members, affiliates, and constituent groups (e.g. APA boards, committees, divisions, state/provincial psychology associations).
APA International Humanitarian Award
The American Psychological Association (APA) is seeking
nominations for the 2020 International Humanitarian
Award. This APA award recognizes international human-
itarian service – professional and/or volunteer work con-
ducted primarily in the field in any country by a psychol-
ogist or a team of psychologists working under the aegis of
local, national, and international organizations that provide
psycho-social and humanitarian services. Humanitarian
services are defined as activities initiated by psychologists,
working alone or in association with others, to help allevi-
ate severe stress and restore psychological well-being to a
group of people in a variety of difficult circumstances
including but not limited to the following:
Survivors of a natural disaster or man-made crisis,
such as a civil war, or a forced migration; or
A community of any size in which long-term political,
economic, social and/or other circumstances have caused
severe stress and psychological problems for a substantial
portion of that community.
Eligibility. In the context of this award, an international humanitarian is a psychologist or team that includes
a psychologist who does humanitarian work anywhere in
the world. This work must include an international component, either (1) a US psychologist who is nominated for
work conducted outside the USA, or (2) a non-US psychologist who is nominated for work conducted anywhere in
the world, including the U.S. Nominees need not be Members or affiliate members of the Association.
How to Apply. Nominations should provide ample
and clear documentation to substantiate services that have
improved the lives and contributed to the well-being of
people in either large or small geographic areas anywhere
in the world. Documentation should include, but is not
limited to, descriptions of the following:
Demonstrated skills, knowledge, dedication, and per-
sistence brought to bear on work within specific commu-
Specific actions taken to improve conditions;
Actions taken in ways that facilitate the transition from
humanitarian relief to recovery and are supportive of long-term development;
Actions taken to prevent and strengthen preparedness
for the occurrence of future crises;
Specific description of the international component of
Any difficult conditions constituting threats to the security, stability, welfare or development of communities,
including, if applicable, personal risk to the nominee.
Applications will be screened by the APA Committee
on International Relations in Psychology, which will make
recommendations to the APA Board of Directors for their
designation of the awardee. Applications must include: (1)
a letter of application; (2) a 500-word narrative description
of humanitarian services within specified timeframes; (3) a
curriculum vitae; (4) three letters of recommendation; and
other supporting documents deemed essential to a full
presentation of the applicant’s work.
Nominations and supporting materials for the following international awards may be sent to the Office of
International Affairs at the APA address. Questions about
the awards should be directed to Sally Leverty at (202)
336-6025 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
APF Recognition Fund
The American Psychological Foundation (APF) welcomes
contributions to recognize or memorialize psychologists
and others closely associated with psychology. Contributions may be in memory of a deceased colleague or in
recognition of outstanding achievement such as a major
publication or an honor for a significant life event such as
retirement. Gifts may come from colleagues, friends, family, or other interested parties. The recognition fund will be
used to support the activities of the APF, including awards
to outstanding psychologists, research, and conferences.
Significant donations may be designated for specified projects and activities.
● APF contributions are tax deductible.
● Contributors will be listed in the American Psychologist and the APF newsletter (unless donors
● Persons who are recognized and the families of
those memorialized will receive personal cards
from the foundation.
For information, contact Elisabeth Straus, American
Psychological Foundation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242. Phone: 202-336-5824.
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