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APA Division 52, International Psychology and Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, collaborate to offer the Division 52/Psi Chi International APA Convention Travel Grant. The grant provides Psi Chi students who live outside the US and are interested in international psychology with funds to support travel costs to attend and present research at the APA annual convention.


Applicants must be a current undergraduate psychology major or minor, or a student in a graduate psychology program outside the U.S., or a recent graduate (completed an undergraduate bachelor degree with a psychology major or minor between November 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017).

At the time of submission, applicants must be currently:

  • Living, working, and/or studying outside the U.S. (at least through August 2017).
  • A member of Psi Chi and able to provide their member ID.
  • A member of D52 (students may join at any time).
  • Able to cover any travel expenses beyond the $1,500 provided by the grant.
  • Able to attend and talk for 5-10 minutes about personal interests in international psychology or international psychology research at the D52 Hospitality Suite Program at the APA convention.
  • Able to attend at least one additional D52 and one additional Psi Chi session.
  • Able to provide proof of acceptance to of a research presentation at the 2017 APA convention in Washington, DC. Research may be in any format such as a poster or talk, and within any division or affiliated group program at the 2017 APA Convention.

Recipients may not receive more than one D52 travel grant, and may not receive more than one Psi Chi travel grant for APA attendance.

Application Process

Applications must include:

  • A Personal Statement (maximum 275 words, double-spaced) about your interest in international psychology, how your participation at the APA Convention will strengthen your professional interest in the field of international psychology, meaningful experiences in psychology courses or volunteer experiences related to international psychology, Psi Chi involvement, Division 52 involvement, if any.
  • A cover sheet with:
    • Full name
    • Contact information (email & phone)
    • Name of university/college
    • Name of the undergraduate/graduate department program
    • Year in the program
    • Expected graduation date
    • Member status with D52
    • Psi Chi member ID
    • Full name, title, and email address of the faculty mentor writing the descriptive letter (the first letter listed below)
    • Two faculty mentor letters (The faculty mentors may submit their letters as a Word document attached to an email with the nominee's name in the title):
      • One letter in which a faculty mentor describes how she or he knows the student, the applicant’s interest in international psychology, how the student’s attendance at APA will enhance the student’s interest in international psychology and/or the student’s research program, and verifies the student is in good standing with the psychology program (or was at the time of graduation). Maximum 200 words).
      • A second letter in which a different faculty mentor simply confirms that the student’s application materials are accurate and that the student would be a good representative of the university.


Email all application materials to the Building Bridges-Psi Chi Committee Chair Dr. Mercedes A. McCormick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before midnight (Eastern Standard Time) June 30, 2017.

The grant recipient will be notified no later than July 10, 2017. The Building Bridges with Psi Chi Committee, including Dr. McCormick and Psi Chi Executive Director Dr. Martha S. Zlokovich, will review all materials.

Recognition at APA

D52 and Psi Chi will recognize the recipient in person at the Division 52 Awards ceremony in Washington, DC. At the D52 Awards Ceremony, D52 and Psi Chi will present the recipient with a check provided the recipient has met all obligations. In addition, the grant recipient may have an opportunity to present in the D52 program and will be featured in an issue of the International Psychology Bulletin.

Past Grant Recipients

2016 – Julia Daugherty, graduate student at the University of Granada, Granada, Spain
2015 – Ximena Flores, undergraduate student at Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Guatemala City, Guatemala