APF/Div. 49 Group Psychology Grant

The APF Div. 49 grants support research and scholarly works that further the advancement of group psychology and group psychotherapy.


Sponsor: Div. 49


The APF Div. 49 Group Psychology Grant ($2,000) supports innovative group psychology research focused toward groups in applied settings.

The Group Psychology Grant focuses primarily on processes and performance in non-disordered populations. This may also include members’ beliefs about and identification with the group. Samples of topics appropriate for the group psychology award include (but are not limited to):

  • Impact of individual differences (e.g., personality), beliefs (e.g., identification with the group), and situational or structural factors (e.g., within-group conflict, virtuality) on group processes, judgment, decision making or performance.

  • Impact of group interaction on member states such as beliefs, affect, interest in affiliation and identification with the group.

  • Differences in leadership and its impact on group process or performance.

  • Measurement of group-level constructs such as team emotional intelligence, group cohesion, collective resilience, collective efficacy, etc.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Conformance with the stated program goals

  • Quality, viability and potential impact of the proposed project.

  • Originality, innovation and contribution to the field.

  • Applicant’s demonstrated competence and capability to execute the proposed work.

  • Allocation of resources and criticality of funding for execution of work (particularly if part of a larger funded effort).


To be eligible for the APF Div. 49 Group Psychology Grant, applicants must:

  • Be affiliated with nonprofit charitable, educational, and scientific institutions, or governmental entities operating exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.

  • Have a demonstrated knowledge of group psychology and/or group psychotherapy principles.

  • IRB approval must be received from host institution before funding can be awarded if human participants are involved.

  • Preference will be given to early career psychologists (10 years or less post-doctoral).

  • Preference will be given to proposals which integrate group psychotherapy and group psychology into the proposed research.

How to Apply

Submission Process

Please be advised that APF does not provide feedback to applicants on their proposals.

Proposal Requirements

Please include the following in a single document (Not to exceed three pages, one-inch margins, 11-point Times New Roman/Garamond Font, single space):

  • Goals, relevant background/literature review
  • Methods (must be detailed enough so that the design, assessments and procedures can be evaluated) 

  • Anticipated outcomes, significance and impact

Additionally, please submit the following documents:

  • Project timeline (not to exceed one page; typically, APF grants are for one year)

  • Detailed budget and justification (not to exceed one page)

  • Abbreviated CV (not to exceed five pages)

APF does not allow institutional indirect costs or overhead costs. Applicants may use grant monies for direct administrative costs of their proposed project.