Foundations & Organizations

Below is a list of foundations and organizations that support the field of Psychology

American Educational Research Association

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results. Research Grants are available for faculty at institutions of higher education, postdoctoral researchers, and other doctoral-level scholars. Applications are encouraged from a variety of disciplines, such as but not limited to, education, sociology, economics, psychology, demography, statistics, and psychometrics.

American Psychological Foundation

APF supports innovative research and programs that enhance the power of psychology to elevate the human condition and advance human potential. Grants are available for early-, mid-, and senior-level faculty and cover a wide range of topics.

Fulbright Program

The Core Fulbright Scholar Program offers nearly 600 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. In addition to several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, Fulbright is offering more opportunities for flexible, multi-country grants.

Human Factors & Ergonomics Society

The Society's mission is to promote the discovery and exchange of knowledge concerning the characteristics of human beings that are applicable to the design of systems and devices of all kinds. HFES offers multiple small awards and a fellows program.

National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a private, nonprofit organization of the country’s leading researchers. Among their awards, they offer the Atkinson Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences to honor significant advances in the psychological and cognitive sciences with important implications for formal and systematic theory in these fields and the Troland Research Award to young investigators (age 40 or younger) to recognize unusual achievement and further empirical research in psychology regarding the relationships of consciousness and the physical world.

Psi Chi

Psi Chi is an international honor society whose purpose shall be to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology. In addition to funding undergraduate and graduate student work, small grants are available for faculty for advising and research support.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supports research and programs that are helping to increase the knowledge landscape, and demonstrate what it takes to build a Culture of Health. Funding announcements are posted on an ongoing basis and are based upon the program and initiatives linked above; current opportunities for funding can be found here:

Russell Sage Foundation

The Russell Sage Foundation is an operating foundation directly involved in the conduct and dissemination of social science research .In addition to visiting scholar and book publishing programs, the foundation offers research grants in the following areas: behavioral economics; future of work; race, ethnicity, and immigration; social inequality, and the social, The Russell Sage Foundation is an operating foundation directly involved in the conduct and dissemination of social science research.

Sloan Foundation

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation makes grants throughout the year in the following broad subject matters: STEM Research; STEM Higher Education; Public Understanding of Science, Technology, and Economics; Digital Information Technology; Economics; Energy & Environment; Civic Initiatives. In addition, they offer an early-career fellowships for PhDs in chemistry, computational or evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences, physics, or a related field.

Society for Human Resource Management Foundation

The SHRM Foundation seeks to fund high-impact research on all aspects of human resource management with a focus on addressing current challenges or understanding emerging trends. Any topic may be funded however the research must be aimed at an academic audience while also having direct, actionable implications for HR practice.

Society for Industrial and Organization Psychology Foundation

The SIOP Foundation is dedicated to the growth and development of individuals in the field of industrial-organizational psychology and offers a variety of awards and grants in relevant areas.

Spencer Foundation

The Spencer Foundation is committed to supporting high-quality investigation of education through its research programs and to strengthening and renewing the educational research community through its fellowship and training programs and related activities. Funds are available for small research grants, field-initiated large grants, strategic initiatives (currently: Data Use and Educational Improvement; the New Civics; Philosophy in Education Policy and Practice), research-practice partnerships, fellowships, and a mid-career grant program.

Templeton Foundation

The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality. The foundation welcomes research proposals that address the following Core Areas: Science and the Big Questions (mathematical and physical sciences, life sciences, human sciences, philosophy and theology, science in dialogue); Character Virtue Development; Individual Freedom & Free Markets; Exceptional Cognitive Talent and Genius; Genetics.