Pearson Early Career Grant

$12,000 to support early career psychologists to work in an area of critical social need.
The Pearson Grant will not be offered in 2019. 

Sponsor: APF; Pearson


The Pearson Early Career Grant supports psychology’s efforts to improve areas of critical need in society and encourages talented early career psychologists to devote their careers to solving social problems. The Pearson Grant encourages the use of sound assessment.


  • One $12,000 annual grant.

  • An additional $1,500 for travel costs for the recipient to present the work at the APA Annual Convention.

Evaluation Criteria 

Proposals will be evaluated on: 

  • Quality and impact of proposed work.

  • Innovation, originality and contribution to the field with proposed project.

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

  • Sound use of assessment(s).

  • Responsible allocation of funds; criticality of funding to the success of the project.


Applicants must:

  • Be an early career psychologist (no more than 10 years post‐doctoral with a degree from an accredited university).

  • Applicants must be affiliated with a nonprofit charitable, educational or scientific institution, or governmental entity operating exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. 

How to Apply
The Pearson Grant will not be offered in 2019. 

Proposal Requirements 

  • Detailed proposal that makes a case for the need to be addressed; describes the proposed project, methodology and the applicant’s qualifications; and includes a timeline, detailed budget, and justification (not to exceed 7 pages, 1-inch margins, no smaller than 11 point font).

  • Proposal must describe the kind of assessment(s) that will be used.

  • Current abbreviated CV (10 pages max).

  • Two letters of support.

Past Recipients

Shaynna Herrera, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


Kyle Minor, PhD, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis


Aubrey Moe, PhD, Ohio State University


Arielle Baskin-Sommers, PhD, Yale University


Araceli Gonzalez, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles


Kristyn Zajac, PhD, Medical University of South Carolina
"Improving Vocational Supports for Transition Age Youth with Serious Mental Health Concerns"


Aaron Lyon, PhD, University of Washington


Daryn David, PhD, Yale University School of Medicine


Daniel Antonius, PhD, New York University School of Medicine