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Awards and grants

Explore the awards and grants that the society offers.

We love recognising talent.

Our annual awards bring people together to celebrate and recognise excellence in the research, practice, teaching and education of psychology.

Nominees range from aspiring undergraduates, to those who have already achieved a successful career within the discipline.

Some are member-only awards, while others are open to psychologists from across the UK.

Our grants provide a great way for practitioners, students, early career psychologists and postgraduates to access funding to support their projects and programmes.

Each award/grant has its own application process, details of which can be accessed below.

Education and Training Board

Undergraduate Award

The Education and Training Board oversees the awards aimed at those who have contributed to psychological education or who have played a significant role in expanding the profile of psychology as a discipline.

This award is given to those students who achieve the highest overall score in an accredited degree programme at each of the institutions accredited by the society.

Practice Board - Awards

Award for Distinguished Contribution to Practice

The distinguished contribution award is aimed at Practitioner Psychologists that have made an outstanding and lasting contribution to a particular or specific area, rather than the culmination of a career in psychology.

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

Award for Innovation in Practice

The innovation award is aimed at recognising a particularly innovative and creative project design and/ or delivery in practice.

This award will be open to pilot programmes or projects of any size showing particular innovation.

The award can be made to a team or project as well as to an individual psychologist.

Lifetime Achievement in Psychology Award

The Lifetime Achievement 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.

Practice Board - Grants

Black and Asian Applied Psychologists Fund

This bi-annual fund will offer small grants aimed at supporting members from Black and Asian backgrounds in furthering their psychological careers and enhancing the UK psychological workforce.

Funding can be applied for to support the professional development (including CPD) of Black and Asian psychologists in the UK.

Research Board - Awards

Book Award

This award recognises high standards of published works in psychology, with nominees able to represent academic monographs, practitioner texts, textbooks and popular science.

Authors or co-authors must reside in the UK, and books must be published after 1 January 2020.

Find out more about the Book Award.

BPS/ATSiP Technical Support in Psychological Research/Teaching Awards

The awards recognise the valuable role played by technicians in supporting research and the student learning experience in psychology.

The awards are presented in partnership between the BPS and the Association of Technical Staff in Psychology (ATSiP) and take place annually.

Single and team nominations are welcome with nominations accepted from Heads of Department, Line Managers or equivalent roles.

Doctoral Award

Doctoral Award

The award recognises outstanding contributions to psychological knowledge by postgraduate research students carried out during the completion of doctoral degrees in psychology.

The judging panel considers published psychology articles which report on the research carried out as part of a doctoral degree, with the winner receiving a £500 prize and commemorative certificate presented at the society awards evening.

Lifetime Achievement

This award recognises those who have made significant contributions to the advancement of psychological knowledge, with an exemplary record of personal achievement along the way.

The winner will receive lifetime membership of the society, £1,000 to spend on furthering an area of research and a commemorative certificate.

Presidents’ Award

This award recognises the achievements of an individual currently engaged in psychological research of the highest possible standard.

This award looks for someone who is mid-career and the winner does not have to be an existing member of the BPS or reside in the UK.

William Inman Prize

The prize recognises published articles focused on the effect of psychology on physical conditions - in particular psychodynamic or psychotherapeutic factors and conditions of the eye.

This award is presented every five years, with the next presentation taking place in 2025.

Research Board - Grants

Early Career Conference Bursary Scheme

This bursary are available to support members of the society, who are UK early career psychologists, to attend (physically or virtually) any academic conference, either in the UK or internationally, relevant to their work.

Each bursary consists of up to £250 (UK) or £500 (international) to contribute towards the costs of registration and travel to attend the full conference.

Early Career Study Visit Scheme

This grant allows early career researchers and lecturers within eight years of completing their doctoral research degree in psychology, to complete a study visit to another institution.

These visits unlock new research and lecturing skills for researchers, while supporting them in forging a future career path.

ECP Undergraduate Research Prize

The Scientific Committee for the European Congress of Psychology 2023 seeks nominations from EFPA member organisations for its award, recognising the best undergraduate research project.

The Scientific Committee are seeking up to three nominations from each EFPA member organisation for undergraduate research project.

  • Nominations are currently closed

ECP Student Bursary Scheme

This bursary is available to support members of the society, who are early career psychologists, to attend the European Congress of Psychology to present their work.

  • Nominations are currently closed

International Conference Symposium Scheme

This grant unlocks funding for BPS Member Networks to host a symposium at an international conference.

Grants range from £1,500 - £3,500 and the initiative helps the BPS to showcase UK psychology to international audiences.

Joint Postgraduate Award with the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

This grant creates the opportunity for postgraduate psychologists to be seconded to the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

It allows them to support the creation of psychology-related briefing materials for MPs and peers.

Postgraduate Study Visit Scheme

This grant allows early career researchers and lecturers within eight years of completing their doctoral research degree in psychology, to complete a study visit to another institution.

These visits unlock new research and lecturing skills for researchers, while supporting them in forging a future career path.

Research Seminar Competition

This grant opens up the opportunity for institutions to work together and hold joint scientific seminars, with a focus on widening the understanding of psychological processes within any field of scientific psychology.

Grants are available up to the value of £3,000.

Sections Meetings and Events Support Fund

This grant is available to support Section meetings or events between the values of £100-£1000.

These include (but are not limited to) enhancing existing meetings e.g. international speaker expenses, virtual meeting software, networking tools, meeting materials or fully supporting a new research meeting or workshop.

Undergraduate Research Assistantship Scheme

This grant provides undergraduates with hands-on experience of research and to help them develop their skills at a young age in order to get them excited about a future academic career.