The Committee on Early Career Psychologists (CECP) is pleased to announce the call for our Early Career Psychologists Achievement Awards. CECP is excited to offer three distinct awards that align with our strategic priorities. Awards will be given to distinguished early career psychologists working in any area of psychology (e.g., education, practice, public interest, applied, and science) who have made a significant impact on psychology and/or society.

Three awardees will be selected and granted $2,000 each. One awardee will be selected for each of the below awards. Individuals may be eligible for more than one award. Applicants are asked to please apply to all awards for which they are eligible.

  • Award A) One award designated to an earlycareer psychologist who identifies as an under-represented minority
  • Award B) One award designated to an earlycareer psychologist whose professional work focuses on anti-racism efforts
  • Award C) One award designated to an earlycareer psychologist who has made a significant impact on psychology and/or society

Deadline: April 24, 2023  

Sponsor: APA Committee on Early Career Psychologists

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Current dues-paid member of APA in any membership category
  • Doctorate in psychology within the last 10 years
  • Agree to a presentation, either in-person or virtually, at an APA convention or a CECP sponsored event

How to Apply:

·         Applicants will need to address the following (200 word maximum per answer):

    • Clear examples of your distinguished service in any area of psychology, including but not limited to professional service, advocacy, scholarly contributions, education, and/or practice
    • Clear examples of the significant impact your work has had on psychology and/or society
    • Clear connections of how your application aligns with the CECP priorities listed below:
      • Prioritizing equity, diversity, and inclusion in every aspect of our work
      • Engaging in anti-racist work
      • Establishing and promoting leadership training opportunities for ECPs
      • Creating new opportunities for ECPs to serve in leadership positions
      • Elevating the visibility of ECPs and their work
    • If applying for award B, clear examples of your anti-racism work
  • Curriculum vitae
  • References request
    • Within the application form, you will be asked to provide the contact information of two individuals who can attest to your distinguished contributions.
    • For top scoring applicants, references will be contacted to provide brief answers to the questions below (200 word maximum per question). References will be contacted in late May/early June.
      • Relation to the nominee
      • Overall impression of the nominee
      • Examples of how the nominee excels in providing distinguished service and impacts the field of psychology

Online Submission Process 

Please apply online through the application portal here.


If you have any questions, please contact CECP Staff Liaison, Allison Gillens (

For additional resources regarding early career development, please check out APA’s Early Career Website.