$500 Research Grants for Graduate and Undergraduate Students

The Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (APA Division 29) is offering 20 research grants in the amount of $500 each for graduate AND undergraduate students in the field of psychology. Half the grants will be awarded to graduate students and the other half will be awarded to undergraduate students; undergraduates are strongly encouraged to apply! The grant should be applied to a student research project supervised by a faculty member or licensed psychologist. The research project can be at any stage of investigation (e.g., designing the study, collecting the data, analyzing the data, presenting the results, etc.) with research broadly construed to include qualitative empirical studies, quantitative empirical studies, theoretical reviews, perspective editorials, meta-analyses, case studies, etc. to be used for expenses related to research. Grant funding may be used for a variety of costs including but not limited to: clinical handbooks, treatment manuals, transcription software, psychological assessments, participant reimbursement, data coder compensation, statistical software, conference registration, conference travel, publication fees, etc. The Society’s goal is to facilitate student interest, involvement, and engagement in research relevant to psychotherapy.

NOTE: This grant is only available to student members of the Society. Students can become members of the society at  Use discount code JOINSAP for free student membership!

Application materials should include:

  • Online Application Form (see link below). Be sure to indicate whether you are a graduate or undergraduate student on the form.
  • 500-1,000 word research proposal that includes the following information:
    • Purpose of the research project
    • How the research project will advance psychotherapy
    • Brief background literature for the research project
    • Research project methods and timeline
    • Budget for use of grant funds
  • Brief letter of support from the supervising faculty member or licensed psychologist
  • Proof of IRB under review or approved OR proof of conference/publication submitted or approved (or other proof of research project occurrence)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae


  • A graduate student or undergraduate student at an academic institution (e.g., college, university) OR a post-baccalaureate student conducting research at an academic institution.
  • Be a member of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy. If you are not already a member, graduate and undergraduate students can join at the link above. Prior years of membership is not required and new members are encouraged to apply.
  • Have a faculty member or licensed psychologist able to supervise the research project

Selection Criteria

  • Research project addresses a problem/gap in the psychotherapy literature
  • Relevance of the research project to advancing psychotherapy
  • Meaningful use of the grant funds

Submission Process and Deadlines

First, students should join the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy at  Use discount code JOINSAP for free student membership!

Second, students should complete the online application form (see link below), including uploading their proof of research project occurrence (e.g., IRB under review, conference poster submission) and all supporting documentation. Submissions will be reviewed at three different deadlines during the year. Deadlines are as follows:

·       May 15, 2024

·       August 15, 2024

·       November 15, 2024

Students can expect to hear if they received the grant award within one-month of each submission deadline.

If you have any questions, please email:  Dr. David Disabato (, Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy Membership Committee.

Thank you!

Click here to apply or download the flyer for later use!

For some students, their research proposal document is not uploading, and instead, their brief letter of support is uploading twice. This problem is evident from the confirmation email students receive after completing their application. The cause of this technical issue is unclear. If this happens to you, please email Dr. David Disabato ( your research proposal document, and he will ensure it is reviewed with your application. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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  1. Adijat Bolanle Adams

    I am PhD graduate holder. And I am to supervise the Undergraduate research. Am I qualify to put up application for the research grant.
    Thanks Sir


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