Go to main content

Awards and grants

The society makes a number of awards available each year to recognise excellence in research, practice teaching and education in psychology.

These awards range from those meant for undergraduates to those marking achievement over the length of a professional career.

Some of these awards are for our members only, but many are open to all psychologists working within the UK.

For more information on past recipients, criteria, and how to apply, please consult the tabs below.

Award for Innovation in Practice

This annual award is aimed at psychologists in recognition of a particularly innovative and creative project design and/or delivery in practice, and will be open to pilot programmes or projects of any size showing particular innovation.

This award can be made to psychologists at any stage in their career.

Nominations will close at 10am on  2nd December 2019.

Award for Distinguished Contribution to Practice

This annual award recognises practitioner psychologists for work that has made an outstanding and lasting contribution to a particular area, for the benefit of people and organisations.

This award will likely be made to a psychologist in mid to late career.

Nominations will close at 10am on  2nd December 2019.

Lifetime Achievement in Psychology Award

This annual award recognises and celebrates exceptional and sustained contributions in a career as a practitioner psychologist.

It is anticipated that this award will be made to a psychologist near or after the end of their career.

Nominations will close at 10am on  2nd December 2019.

Lifetime Achievement

Open to those who have an outstanding record of personal achievement and have also made significant contributions to the advancement of psychological knowledge.

Presidents’ Award

Given in recognition of exceptional contributions to psychological knowledge.

Spearman Medal

Awarded in recognition of outstanding published work in psychology.

Doctoral Award

This award recognises outstanding contributions to psychological knowledge by postgraduate research students made while carrying out research for their doctoral degrees in psychology.

Book Award

This award recognises excellent published work in psychology.

William Inman Prize 

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, and the next award will be in in 2025.

Technical Support in Psychological Research Award

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.

Award for Promoting Equality of Opportunity

This award recognises a person has made a significant contribution to challenging social inequalities in the UK.

Research Board Grants

Top of page