Below, we provide a detailed look at five psychology scholarships created specifically for psychology students.
With tuition, fees and living expenses, post-secondary education can quickly become expensive, and psychology scholarships provide students with the necessary financial support. In an effort to make finding aid easier, we provide a detailed look at a small selection of psychology scholarships open to students at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels, all of which are endorsed by the American Psychological Association. These awards, both large and small, are just a glimpse into the many awards supporting students across psychology education.
Following these profiles is a customizable database that allows you to search and filter results to find psychology scholarships that are specific your interests, school, education level and state. This database is designed for prospective, current and postgraduate psychology students working to make a lasting impact in their field.
Note: Though we list more psychology scholarships for graduate-level psychology students, undergraduates can have more opportunities for this type of financial aid through their schools. Use the database below, or talk to your financial advisers for more information.
Curated Psychology Scholarships
Scholarship Amount$18,000 annually for tuition and fees, covered transportation and a package of benefits
Student TypeUndergraduate Students
High school seniors and college freshmen and sophomores who are enrolled in a four- or five-year college program and seeking work experience are eligible to apply.
Students are able to maintain full-time status at their host institution while gaining valuable work experience by working with the CIA in Washington, D.C., during their summer breaks. Successful completion of the program requires its recipients to continue agency employment for a period 1.5 times longer than the duration of the college sponsorship.
Due to the competitive nature of this particular program, applicants should ensure that they meet all requirements prior to applying online and have successfully completed the background investigation, medical and psychological exam and polygraph interview.View Scholarship
Student TypeGraduate Students
The American Psychological Association (APA), the largest scientific and professional psychology organization in the U.S., offers an annual psychology scholarship designed to help graduate psychology students travel to the APA convention in order to present their research. Students whose research papers or posters have already been accepted by the APA are invited to apply to the travel award. Around 100 students are awarded $300 to support travel expenses to the convention in Toronto.
To apply, candidates must be members of the APA, however those who are not yet members may submit their membership application at the same time as their travel award application materials. Some students may also be eligible to have their convention fees waived.
A copy of the convention acceptance letter from the APA, a cover letter, a summary of research and a curriculum vitae must be submitted along with the completed application for examination by the APA's Science Directorate.View Scholarship
Student TypeGraduate Students
Sponsored by the American Psychological Foundation (APF), this psychology scholarship offers recipients the chance to be awarded up to $25,000 in support of graduate-level study in the field of child psychology, particularly doctoral students of child-clinical, educational, developmental, pediatric and school psychopathology.
To apply, students must submit a detailed research or project proposal, which should include a description of the researcher's goal, methods and expected outcomes; the target population of the study; and any relevant experience the researcher may have.
Each proposal will be evaluated based on four main factors:
- The quality of the proposed work
- Whether it conforms with the program's established goals
- The extent of the proposed work's contribution
- The applicant's research abilities
Student TypeGraduate Students
Offered by the American Psychological Foundation (APF), the Roy Scrivner Research Grant supports graduate-level, applied and empirical research in the field of lesbian, gay and bisexual family psychology and therapy. Students planning to use human participants in their research must receive approval from their psychology program's Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to receiving this psychology scholarship.
This grant is geared towards graduate students or recently licensed psychologists just beginning their career. It is also open to researchers working in any of the behavioral or social science fields, although preference is given to dissertation candidates.
Those interested must demonstrate a dedicated interest and commitment to LGBT family issues and should apply here.View Scholarship
Scholarship AmountAmount subject to cost of credentialing fees
Student TypeDoctorate Students
The National Register of Health Services Psychologists offers numerous psychology scholarships twice per year with the goal of credentialing doctoral students, early career psychologists and postdoctoral trainees by covering the cost of review fees. Those who receive National Register credentials gain access to free continuing education approved by the APA, consumer referrals, increased licensure mobility, credentials verification to employers and more.
Candidates must already be a licensed psychologist within 10 years of receiving their doctorate from an APA/CPA accredited or ASPPB/National Register designated doctoral program. Students currently enrolled in an internship or doctoral psychology program or who are currently completing supervised postdoc experience are also eligible to apply for these psychology scholarships.View Scholarship
Psychology Scholarship Database
Note: With the rise of program costs and fees, it is critical for students to be able to turn to several sources of aid. The first step for many funding opportunities, including finding what form of federal aid you qualify for, is completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to prospective schools. Virtually all colleges and universities uses the FAFSA to determine if undergraduates are eligible for need-based scholarships. The Office of Federal Student Aid gives out more than $150 billion a year in grants, loans and work-study to higher education students.
Scholarship information licensed from Wintergreen Orchard House.