A range of awards, bursaries, prizes and scholarships are offered by the APS and its Member Groups, providing psychology students the opportunity to highlight their work nationally. These awards are diverse, from prizes for secondary school students, support for Indigenous students to awards for academic excellence.

The awards page of the APS website provides a full listing, however not all are restricted to students. Each award has its own rules of eligibility, and calls for nominations are typically featured in InPsych, the APS member magazine.

The most relevant opportunities for students are listed below:


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

The ATSIPP Indigenous Student Conference Attendance Award: awarded by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Peoples Psychology Interest Group to facilitate professional networking through conference attendance.

The APS Bursary of Financial Assistance for People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Descent: established by the APS to support Indigenous postgraduate psychology students in difficult financial circumstances.


Clinical psychology

APS College of Clinical Psychologists Students Prize: awarded to postgraduate clinical psychology students who demonstrate high levels of clinical skill, and the ability to design and conduct clinically relevant research.

APS College of Clinical Psychologists (SA) Prizes: awarded to the overall best students completing the Master of Clinical Psychology at Flinders University of South Australia, University of Adelaide and University of South Australia.


Clinical Neuropsychology

APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists (CCN) Conference Student Prize: to encourage and acknowledge the significant contributions of student presentations as part of the annual CCN Conference Scientific Program

APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists Genevieve Heath Memorial Student Travel Award: to support the attendance of student members of the College's Queensland Section at a neuropsychology conference held either nationally or internationally, to present a paper or poster.


Counselling psychology

Susanna Richardson Award: offered by the APS College of Counselling Psychologists for the overall best student completing an APAC-accredited Master of counselling psychology program in an Australian tertiary institution.

APS College of Counselling Psychologists Doctoral Award: awarded to the overall best student completing an APAC-accredited doctoral program in counselling psychology at an Australian tertiary institution.


Forensic psychology

APS College of Forensic Psychologists (NSW) Annual Awards: to reward excellence in forensic psychology in a number of fields, including research and academic work.

Maconochie Prize: offered by the APS College of Forensic Psychologists to encourage and reward outstanding forensic psychology research by students.


Health psychology

Award for Excellent Higher Degree Thesis in Health Psychology: offered by the APS College of Health Psychologists to encourage and reward outstanding research in health psychology at the Doctorate or PhD level.

Award for Excellent Masters Thesis in Health Psychology: offered by the APS College of Health Psychologists to encourage and reward outstanding research at Masters level.


Sport and Exercise psychology

APS College of Sports and Exercise Psychologists Student Award: awarded to students in College-approved courses of study who have demonstrated the highest levels of a combination of applied skills and academic achievement over the duration of their postgraduate degree.

Prize for the Best Student Presentation in Sport and Exercise Psychology: offered by the APS College of Sports and Exercise Psychologists to the best student presentation at each of the postgraduate conferences held at Victoria University and the University of Queensland.


PhD award

The Award for Excellence in PhD Thesis: awarded by the APS to encourage and reward outstanding research in psychology.


Interest Group awards

Thesis Award for Studies in Intellectual and or Developmental Disability and Psychology: awarded by the APS People with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities and Psychology Interest Group for research in the field.

Psychoanalytic Essay Prize: awarded by the APS Interest Group for Psychoanalytically-Oriented Psychologists.

Elsie Harwood Award: awarded by the APS Interest Group on Psychology and Ageing for the best empirical research project in the field of ageing, submitted as part of an accredited fourth year program in psychology or an accredited Masters by coursework program in psychology.

Psychology of Relationships Research Award: awarded by the APS Interest Group on the Psychology of Relationships to promote the development of research regarding relationship education or therapy.

Psychology of Relationships Thesis Award: awarded by the APS Interest Group on the Psychology of Relationships to promote the development of higher degree research regarding relationship education or therapy.

Elaine Dignan Award: awarded by the APS Women and Psychology Interest Group to encourage further research about women, women's studies in psychology and professional work with women (in any field).


Branch awards

ACT Branch 2nd Year Prize for Studies in Psychology: acknowledges excellence in studies in psychology at an early stage of an ACT psychology program.

APS Riverina Branch Student Prize in Community Support and Development: for a student in a tertiary psychology degree who has contributed to the wellbeing of the Riverina community.


Secondary student

Biennial Peace Art Awards for Secondary Students: awarded by the Psychologists for Peace Interest Group to secondary students in year 10-12 in Western Australia, to encourage the use of creative ways to communicate a key message about peace.

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