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 or innovative service delivery in sport psychology by a student member of AASP. 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 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 the time the award is presented.
- Must have at least 100 direct contact hours with clients. Direct contact is defined by the hours in which you were face-to-face with an individual athlete, coach, team, exerciser or client.
AASP invites student members to submit applications for the Outstanding 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
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 soprt, exercise, and/or health between January 1 and December 31
- Membership in AASP the application year and the year preceding application
Student Diversity Award
The purpose of the Student Diversity Award is to:
- Encourage and promote student research or applied experience related to issues of diversity that impact sport, exercise and health. (See AASP Position Statement on Human Diversity).
- Recognize and honor the achievements of students involved in research, service or applied experiences that focus on diversity issues, including, but not limited to race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, social class, or disability.
Applicants for the award must meet the following criteria:
- Be a current AASP student member at the time of submission and award.
- Have made important contributions to the field of sport and exercise psychology in the area of diversity including but not limited to research, service, or applied work with clients, organizations or community groups dealing with diversity issues. Applicants need only fulfill one area (i.e., research, service or applied work) to be eligible.
AASP student members who feel qualified may nominate themselves and are encouraged to do so. In addition, AASP professional members are encouraged to nominate qualified individuals for this award.
- A three page essay which addresses:
- (a) how the student incorporates issues of diversity into her/his research, service and/or applied work
- (b) the importance of addressing diversity in the field of sport and exercise psychology.
- A letter of recommendation from an AASP professional member familiar with the student’s work.
- An updated curriculum vita.
Nominations for the award should be submitted before the March 1 deadline to the Chair of the Diversity Committee. The decision of the Diversity Committee will be submitted to the Executive Board for final approval. Up to two students may receive the diversity award each year
- The Conference registration fee will be waived for the year of the award.
- A plaque will be given to the award winners at the Conference.
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 November 1. Notification will be sent approximately by January 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 $5000, recognizing that the total funds available in one year is $12,000. The deadline for research grants is April 1 of each year.
The Association for Applied Sport Psychology offers “seed grants” for research projects. Grants range from $250 to $5000, recognizing that the total funds available in one year are $12,000. The primary function of these research awards is to provide limited support to early career professionals (pre-tenured faculty) or students for their research endeavors. Secondary consideration will be given, pending available funds, for projects from tenured faculty or practitioners for projects that clearly benefit the members of AASP. In general, proposals must:
- integrate research and practice;
- be clearly articulated;
- show potential for contributing to the knowledge base in sport and exercise psychology.
- Any person who has been a continuous member of AASP for at least 3 years will be eligible.
- If students cannot meet this requirement, they may co-author the proposal with a member (typically their advisor) who does meet the requirement. However, it must be clear that it is the student’s – not the advisor’s – project.
- The primary recipient of an AASP grant may only receive funding once every 3 years.
Community Outreach Grants
The Association for Applied Sport Psychology offers “seed grants” for research projects. Grants range from $250 to $5000, recognizing that the total funds available in one year is $12,000. The deadline for community outreach grants is April 1 of each year.
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. Further, the Community Outreach Grant will support members’ efforts towards earning Certified Consultant status via direct and indirect contact hours that are acquired through the implementation of the community outreach project (as supervised/mentored by a CC-AASP who is a current AASP member). Thus, the primary function of these Community Outreach Grant awards is to provide limited support to professionals or students for their outreach service endeavors. These grants are not intended to fund projects in the development phase. Consideration will be given, pending available funds, for projects from certified consultants (CC-AASP), and professional and student members working towards certification. Priority will also be given to applicants who demonstrate systematic and sustained implementation of programming and impact, as opposed to a one-time program or intervention.
- Has been a continuous member of AASP for at least 3 years.*
- Has earned or is actively working towards their CC-AASP status.**
*If students cannot meet this requirement, they may co-author the proposal with a professional member who is also a CC-AASP and does meet the requirement (e.g., their advisor). However, it must be clear that it is the student’s – not the professional member’s – project.
**Those working towards their CC-AASP may count indirect and direct contact hours devoted to project implementation toward the necessary hours designated for certification; however, these hours must be supervised/mentored by a current CC-AASP and the CC-AASP must provide a letter of support of her or his willingness to oversee the successful implementation of the Community Outreach Grant project [see Application Procedure below].
**Important Note. Prior to full review by the Community Outreach Committee, the Certification Review Committee (CRC) will verify each submitted application’s eligibility by reviewing the applicant’s membership and certification status or progress towards certification. For example, the CRC will determine if the certification for each AASP member listed on the grant is current, provisional, and/or whether members’ certification has lapsed. Further, the CRC will determine when the applicant’s member status and/or certification status expires and if he or she will need to renew membership or recertify during the term of the grant.