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Distinguished International Scholar

The Distinguished International Scholar (DIS) award recognizes and honors the achievements of outstanding individuals from the international community whose scientific and/or applied work has significantly impacted the field of sport and exercise psychology. This individual will have made significant contributions to the scientific body of knowledge in sport and exercise psychology, as evidenced by a distinguished record of publications and/or by exceptional quality and innovation in delivering sport and exercise psychology services to the public. The recipient of this award will receive free AASP Annual Conference registration, up to four nights hotel accommodation, economy airfare, per diem, and a plaque presented at the conference before his/her designated presentation time. The recipient will also receive complementary AASP membership for the year following the conference.

Award Criteria

The recipient of the award must meet four criteria:

  • Made significant contributions to the scientific body of knowledge in sport and exercise psychology, as evidenced by a distinguished record of publications and/or by exceptional quality and innovation in delivering services to the public. This may also include internationally excellent scholars whose primary interest is not sport and exercise psychology but whose work has made a significant impact on this field (e.g., an eminent psychology theoretician or a renowned clinical practitioner).
  • Been recognized for their impact on knowledge development and/or practical application in the field of sport and exercise psychology beyond their home country, as evidenced by international publications, conference proceedings, and worldwide presentations.
  • Has initially been nominated via formal application, consequentially selected by the International Relations Committee and formally approved by the AASP Executive Board.
  • Although the nominated candidate does not need to be an AASP member, she/he has to be nominated by a current member in good standing.

The DIS is an award, not a type of AASP membership. Individuals who are not already AASP members and attain AASP DIS status are not automatically granted voting privileges, but rather are recognized and honored as DIS. Only when they accept membership status following the year that they received the award, will they be able to vote.  

Submission Guidelines

An AASP member must nominate candidates for this award. 

Please include the following materials in your application:

  • A letter of nomination for the candidate from an AASP member describing, in detail, the achievements of the candidate in relation to the award criteria (three [3] pages maximum). The AASP member who nominates the candidate cannot also write one of the support letters.
  • Two (2) letters of support for the candidate specifically describing the quality of the candidate’s work and the impact that his/her work has had on the field of sport and exercise psychology. At least one of these letters has to be written by a professional in the sport and exercise psychology field.
  • The candidate’s Curriculum Vitae, which must be written in English and limited to a maximum of 6 pages.

*Deadline for this award: March 1 of each odd numbered year only.

View a list of past Distinguished International Scholar Award recipients