Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy International Research Grant for Students and Early Career Professionals


Consistent with the goals of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (SAP) and its International Domain, the International Research Grant for graduate students and early career professionals was established in order to promote more international and cross-cultural research within SAP and within the profession of psychotherapy.

The International Research Grant is expected to be used to support the completion of a research project. The grant may be used to fund:

  • supplies used to conduct the research;
  • training needed for completion of the research; and/or
  • travel to present the research (such as at a professional conference).

Funding Specifics

The grants of $1,000 will be paid in one lump sum to the researcher, to their university’s grants and contracts office, or to an incorporated company. Individuals who receive the funds could incur tax liabilities. All grant recipients will be required to complete an IRS form W-9 before funds are issued. International students from countries that have a tax treaty with the United States are exempts from taxes but will need to complete the form W-8BEN.

Eligibility Requirements

The Society may award this $1,000 International Research Grant to a graduate student or early career professional (within 10 years of receiving the doctoral degree). The applicant must be a member of the Society. This grant is available to all graduate students including U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and international students and affiliates. The recipient of the grant will be expected to present their research results in a scholarly forum (e.g., presentation at an APA Annual Convention, the Society journal, Psychotherapy, or other refereed professional journal) and the Psychotherapy Bulletin.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Consistency with the International Research Grant’s stated purposes;
  • Clarity of the written proposal;
  • Scientific quality and feasibility of the proposed research project;
  • Budgetary needs for data collection and completion and presentation of the project;
  • Potential for new and valuable contributions to the international advancement of psychotherapy; and
  • Potential for final publication or likelihood of furthering successful research in topic area.

Proposal Requirements

  • A 1-2 page cover letter describing how the applicant’s work embodies the Society’s interest in promoting the internationalization of psychotherapy and how the funding will be used to support the applicant’s research project;
  • A 1-page document outlining a detailed budget;
  • A 5-10 page research proposal on the project;
  • 1 letter of recommendation from the student’s current direct supervisor or advisor; OR a research mentor for early career professions

Additional Information

  • After the project is complete, a full accounting of the project’s income and expenses must be submitted within six months of completion.
  • Grant funds that are not spent on the project within two years must be returned.
  • When the resulting research is published, the grant must be acknowledged.
  • All individuals who directly receive funds from the division will be required to complete an IRS w-9 form prior to the release of funds, and will be sent a 1099 after the end of the fiscal year (December 31st). The exceptions are international students from countries that have a tax treaty with the United States; however, they will need to complete the form W-8BEN.

Submission Process & Deadline

Submission Process: A complete application must be submitted by email to the International Domain Representative: Frederick Leong (email: [email protected]). Incomplete or late application packets will not be considered.

Submission Deadline: June 1.

Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy International Research Grant for Students and Early Career Professionals

2018 Recipient: Yuye Zhang

Author: Yuye Zhang
Institution: Ball State University

Yuye Zhang is a third-year doctoral student in counseling psychology at Ball State University. Originally from China, she is interested in the counseling process with Chinese clients, especially the Chinese cultural influences on clients' emotional experience in psychotherapy. She is keen on bridging the research-practice gap.

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