Fellow nominations for 2017 are now open.

Fellowship of the APS recognises Member contributions to the field of psychology in research, practice, policy and/or other ways. Fellows are exceptional Members of the APS who, through their work, have also advanced the APS and its mission.

What are the benefits of becoming a Fellow?

Appreciation and recognition of one’s expertise and contribution to the discipline and the profession are the primary benefits of Fellowship. Fellows can display their membership status with the post-nominals FAPS, for Fellow of the APS. For example, Jane Citizen FAPS.


Existing Members must be nominated for the grade of Fellow.

To be eligible for election to the grade of Fellow a Nominee must satisfy the Board of Directors that he or she meets all of the following four criteria:

1. Engaged in psychological work for at least 10 years after becoming a Member of the APS.

He or she has been engaged in psychological work or study for a period of not less than ten years after becoming a Member of the APS (in exceptional circumstances people have been nominated less than ten years after becoming a Member).


2. Has made a substantial contribution to the activities of the APS over at least five years.

This could be demonstrated by evidence of:

a) Active contributions such as editorial work for APS journals, writing submissions for the APS, representing the APS in media or public domains, participation in APS advisory or working groups, or invited contributions to specific projects.  

b) Leadership at Branch, College, Interest Group, Board of Directors or other national committee level.

c) Such contributions to the APS would normally be expected to extend over a period of not less than five years in total.


3. Has an advanced knowledge of an area of psychology.

This could be demonstrated by achievements in one or more of the areas listed below:

a) Further study and publication in an area of psychology, or in areas in which psychology has application;

b) Teaching at undergraduate or postgraduate levels in psychology and/or training that contributes to continuing professional development;

c) Experience and practice in an applied field of psychology. 


4. Has made a substantial and innovative contribution to the advancement of psychological knowledge and/or professional psychological practice.

This could be demonstrated by evidence in at least two of the following criteria:

a) Excellence in research and its dissemination, by the clear application of the Nominee’s psychological knowledge to theoretical or applied areas of psychology;

b) Excellence in teaching, supervision or training and innovation in course/professional development in theoretical or applied psychology;

c) Holding positions and undertaking leadership which has substantially encouraged other psychologists:

– in their psychological research or practice; and/or

– by administration and leadership e.g., through supervision of Honours and postgraduate students, or professional supervision, or holding an organisational position which encourages the professional development of others;

d) As an ambassador representing the profession or science of psychology to other professions, community groups, or in the public arena;

e) Excellence and innovative application of the Nominee’s expertise in psychology.

Election of fellows - how to nominate an APS Member for Fellowship

  1. Consider your colleagues who have made a substantial contribution to the APS, as well as to the advancement of psychological knowledge, or the advancement of professional psychological practice.
  2. Ascertain if they are interested in being nominated.
  3. Complete the Fellow nomination form and submit to the APS by 30 April together with the nominee’s CV and covering letter.
  4. Recruit three referees as per the requirements outlined in the guidelines. Submit three letters of reference to the APS prior to 31 May. Note that the nominator and seconder may also act as referee.

    Download the Fellow nomination guidelines
    Download the Fellow nomination form

Application assistance

A well organised and focussed application is vital in showcasing a person’s expertise and contribution. If you would like assistance in putting together a Fellow nomination, writing a supporting reference, or advice on how best to put together a relevant CV, please contact Lainy Henderson in the Membership Team at the APS National Office on:

T: 03 8662 3300 or 1800 333 497
E: l.henderson@psychology.org.au

View the complete list of APS Fellows