Awards & grants
The Society makes a number of awards available each year to recognise excellence in research, practice teaching and education in psychology. They range from awards for A Level students to those marking achievement over the length of a professional career.
A few awards are for our members only, but many are open to all psychologists working within the UK.
Professional Practice Board
This award is aimed at psychologists who have made an outstanding contribution to professional practice in the United Kingdom.
It is anticipated that this award will be made to a psychologist in mid-career. This award is currently closed.
2016 winner: Dr Joanna North
This award recognises and celebrates unusually significant and sustained contributions in a career as a Chartered practitioner of applied psychology.
It is anticipated that this award will be made to a psychologist near the end of their career. This award is currently closed.
2016 winners: Professor Narinder Kapur and Professor Tom McMillan
This award recognises, promotes and rewards good practice undertaken by Chartered members of the Society in the preceding 12 months.
It is anticipated that this award will be made to a psychologist early in their career. This award is currently closed.
2016 winner: Anne Cooke
Education and Public Engagement Board
Established in 2011 this award recognises distinguished lifetime achievement within psychology education. This award is currently closed.
2016 winner: Professor David Clark-Carter
This award is for those who teach at any level or who have made a significant contribution to education. This award is currently closed.
2013 winner: Phil Banyard
Awarded to a psychologist who has made an outstanding contribution to raising the profile of psychology either directly or through the media. This award is currently closed.
2016 winner: Dr Alan J Gow
Awarded to those students who achieve the highest overall score in an accredited degree programme at each of the institutions accredited by the Society. Approximately 100 awards are made each year.
This prize is awarded to those students who achieved the highest overall score in their A Level and Scottish Highers examinations from each of the main awarding bodies. This award is currently under review.
Accredited courses are invited to submit for this award in recognition of particularly innovative and creative design and/or delivery and/or assessment of psychology programmes for the benefit of the student experience, whilst maintaining and/or furthering the highest quality of psychology teaching and learning.
2015 winner: The University of Lincoln - Psychology BSc (Hons)
A new annual award, made jointly by the Society and the Assocation of Technical Staff in Psychology, recognising the valuable role that technicians play in supporting the student learning experience.
Open to those who have an outstanding record of personal achievement and have also made significant contributions to the advancement of psychological knowledge.
2016 winner: Professor Celia Kitzinger
Given in recognition of exceptional contributions to psychological knowledge.
2016 winner: Professor S. Alexander Haslam
Awarded in recognition of outstanding published work in psychology. This award is currently open.
2016 winner: Dr Michael Banissy
This award recognises outstanding contributions to psychological knowledge by postgraduate research students made while carrying out research for their doctoral degrees in psychology. This award is currently open.
2015 winners: Dr Praveetha Patalay
This award, made jointly with the Society’s Education and Public Engagement Board and Professional Practice Board, recognises excellent published work in psychology.
2016 winners in the following categories:
Textbook Category: ‘A History of the Brain - from Stone Age surgery to modern neuroscience’, by Andrew P Wickens.
Popular Science Category: 'Black Sheep: The hidden benefits of being bad' by Richard Stephens.
Practitioner Text: 'Working with Brain Injury - a primer for psychologists working in under-resourced settings' by Rudi Coetzer and Ross Balchin.
Academic Monograph: 'Modern Families: parents and children in new family forms' by Susan Golombok.
The William Inman Prize recognises published articles on the effect of psychological factors upon physical conditions, particularly psychodynamic or psychotherapeutic factors and to conditions of the eye. The award is made every 5 years, the next award will be in in 2020.
An annual award, made jointly by the Society and the Association of Technical Staff in Psychology, recognising the valuable role that technicians play in supporting research in psychology. This award is currently open.
This award recognises a person has made a significant contribution to challenging social inequalities in the UK.
2015 winner: Professor Paul A. Singh Ghuman
This scheme provides funding for Society Member Networks to convene a symposium at an international conference.
This provides bursaries to support postdoctoral researchers and lecturers to attend academic conference in the UK and internationally.
This provides an opportunity for a postgraduate psychologist to be seconded to the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology to assist in providing briefing material for MPs and peers.
This scheme awards grants to researchers to allow them to provide undergraduates with hands on experience of research and encourage them to consider an academic career.
To enable postdoctoral researchers and lecturers who are within three years of the completion of their doctoral research degree in psychology to undertake a study visit to another institution to acquire skills directly relevant to their research/lecturing.
This enables research students who are registered for a doctoral degree at a UK university to undertake a study visit to another institution to acquire skills directly relevant to their research.
These grants enable institutions to co-operate to hold scientific seminars.
This scheme provides funding for Society Sections to undertake new initiatives.
Education and Public Engagement Board
Initiatives Fund for Member Networks
This new scheme provides funding to further the objectives of the Education and Public Engagement Board. Please contact the Policy Advisor for further information.
Grants are available to support members wishing to promote psychology to the public.