APF Trauma Psychology Grant

The APF Trauma Psychology Grant seeks to support innovative work to alleviate trauma.


Sponsor: American Psychological Foundation


One grant of up to $3,500 to support innovative work to alleviate trauma.

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated on:

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

  • Originality, innovation and contribution to the field of trauma. 

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


Applicants must:

  • Be an early career psychologist (a doctoral level psychologist who is no more than 10 years post-doctoral). 
  • Be affiliated with nonprofit charitable, educational, and scientific institutions, or governmental entities operating exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.
  • Have a demonstrated knowledge of trauma and trauma research.
  • Have demonstrated competence and capacity to execute the proposed work.
  • Have IRB approval from host institution before funding can be awarded if human participants are involved.
How to Apply

Submission Process

Proposal Requirements

Please include the following in a single document (not to exceed three (3) 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 (1) page; typically, APF grants are for one (1) year).
  • Detailed budget and justification (not to exceed one (1) page).
  • Abbreviated CV (not to exceed five (5) pages) APF does not allow institutional indirect costs or overhead costs. 

Applicants may use grant monies for direct administrative costs of their proposed project.
Past Recipients


  • Jacklynn Fitzgerald, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    "Role of Endocannabinoid and Opioid Systems in Predicting Posttraumatic Stress after Injury"


  • Blair E. Wisco, PhD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    "Effects of Trauma-Focused Rumination in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder"