Student Awards / Grants
In an effort to recognize the AASP’s student members' contributions to the science and practice of applied sport psychology, AASP has established an awards and grants program. Any AASP student member is encouraged to apply for awards / grants, provided the meet the necessary requirements outlined for each award / grant.
Unless otherwise noted, address all questions and nominations for AASP Awards to the President–Elect, who coordinates all selection committees, and all questions for the Grants program to the Science and Education Division Head, who coordinates the review process.
The awards recognize student members for their work to advance the knowledge base and enhance the delivery of services to consumers. Outlined below are student awards available:
*Deadline for student awards: March 1 of each year.
Distinguished Student Practice Award
AASP is pleased to accept nominations for the Distinguished Student Practice Award. This award recognizes outstanding service delivery in sport and performance psychology by an AASP student member. This award may not be awarded annually. Service delivery and client is defined broadly and reaches across all areas of AASP.
- Must be a student at the time of the deadline for submissions, but does not have to be a student at the time the award is presented;
- Must be an AASP member at the time of submission and at the time the award is presented.
- Must have at least 100 direct contact hours with clients with written verification from a supervisor (give general overview of the types of clients). Direct contact is defined by the hours in which you were face-to-face with an individual athlete, coach, team, exerciser, or client.
Master's Thesis Award
AASP invites student members to submit applications for the Master’s Thesis Award. Applicants must meet the following guidelines:
- Completed a thesis on a topic related to sport, exercise, and/or health psychology between January 1 and December 31
- Membership in AASP the application year and year preceding application
Doctoral Dissertation Award
AASP invites student members to submit applications for the outstanding doctoral dissertation award. Applicants for the AASP Dissertation Award must meet the following guidelines:
- Complete a dissertation on a topic involving sport, exercise, and/or performance between January 1 and December 31
- Membership in AASP the application year and the year preceding application
The purpose of the IDEAS Student Award is to:
- Recognize and honor the achievements of students involved in research, service, or applied experiences that focus on diversity, inclusion, social justice, or advocacy in sport and performance psychology.
Student Conference Grant
The Executive Board of AASP is committed to supporting student-oriented professional meetings and may award up to eight grants for a maximum of $500 per year. The purpose for these grants is to help students defer costs associated with regional conferences (e.g., provide seed money) that promote student presentations and/or student-oriented sessions to discuss professional issues.
*For all conferences, please complete the application by September 1. Notification will be sent approximately by November 1.
Grant applications must demonstrate they are student-oriented, the budget is specific and appropriate, and other funding sources have been investigated. Student-oriented will be defined as:
- Giving students an opportunity to present their research (e.g., 75% of presentations made by students)
- Having a low student registration fee ($50 or less)
- Providing student-oriented sessions (if other speakers are included)
- Planning student-oriented sessions (e.g., student meeting)
- Seed money is not to be used for alcoholic beverages
The Association for Applied Sport Psychology offers “seed grants” for research projects. Grants range from $250 to $5,000, recognizing that the total funds available in one year is $18,000. The deadline for research grants is April 1 of each year.
Community Outreach Grants
The purpose of the Community Outreach Grant is to provide funding for projects that incorporate evidence-based practice and support local community initiatives that are congruent with AASP's purpose and mission, as well as the objectives of the Community Outreach Committee. The deadline for research grants is April 1 of each year.