The APS Grant for Intercultural and/or International Projects encourages and supports innovative projects that have an intercultural and/or international focus, and is to be used for the establishment and implementation of a successful project. Projects should aim to establish and maintain links between the APS and its members and psychology, psychologists and community groups in developing countries or under-resourced communities, or in countries where psychology is an emerging discipline (referred to from here on as ‘the target community’).

Projects must be consistent with the APS’s mission statement and may be related to any scientific and/or professional aspects of the discipline of psychology, including: 

  1. Addressing scientific and/or professional issues that have intercultural significance for psychology, psychologists and community groups in the target community.
  2. Providing further education and training opportunities for psychologists in the target community; or 
  3. Fostering collaborations between the APS and psychologists in the target community who are seeking support to establish and build scientific and professional psychology, or who are undertaking a psychologically significant humanitarian project within their own country or region. 

The Grant is not intended to support research projects unless there is a clearly demonstrable outcome in relation to the aims of the Grant. Student research projects are unlikely to be eligible. 

The Grant may be used to support any aspect of a successful and sustainable project, including travel, living allowance, training fees and charges, books and equipment, or other costs associated with the project, provided that the funds are expended in accordance with the budget as approved by the Selection Committee.

Administration

  1. The APS Grant for Intercultural and/or International Projects is the responsibility of the Board with the assistance of the Manager, Public Interest in the APS National Office.
  2. A call for nominations will be published each year in InPsych
  3. Applicants should submit the completed application form electronically with required attachment(s), with one signed hard copy sent to the Manager, Public Interest by the due date for applications.
  4. The Public Interest Advisory Group will appoint a Selection Committee to recommend an appropriate recipient of the Grant to the Board. The Selection Committee may recommend that the funds for the Grant be shared between a number of recipients.
  5. The Selection Committee may seek additional information in the form of external assessors’ or referees’ reports, letters of support from participating psychology associations or groups, or other independent advice to assist it in choosing the recipient of the Grant. 
  6. The recipient must confirm their acceptance of the Grant in writing. 
  7. The successful recipient will be announced in InPsych, along with a short feature on the successful project. 
  8. The Selection Committee, through the Public Interest Advisory Group, may recommend to the Board that the Grant should not be awarded in any one year, if it has formed the opinion that there is no Grant application that meets the eligibility criteria and is considered to be of sufficient merit.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Grant, the applicant must be:

  1. an Elected Member of the APS; or 
  2. a psychologist or association from the target community, nominated by an Elected Member of the APS. 

Selection criteria

Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  1. Project characteristics:
    1. intercultural / international focus (hurdle requirement)
    2. relevance to APS and its mission 
    3. culturally sensitive and culturally informed approach
    4. evidence-based approach including plans for evaluation 
    5. benefit to recipients of project activities
    6. benefit to psychology/psychologists in target community
    7. feasibility of project and probability of successful completion 
    8. sustainability after funding ends 
    9. ongoing engagement with the APS
    10. evidence of innovation
  2. Applicant/nominee characteristics: 
    1. demonstrated appropriate skills, knowledge, experience and competence to carry out project, including evidence of cultural sensitivity
  3. Budget: 
    1. clear rationale for all budget items 
    2. evidence of need for Grant in order for project to proceed 
    3. clear and accurate description of budget items 
    4. realistic and modest costings
  4. Application characteristics: 
    1. clarity and completeness

The Grant application

  1. In order to be considered, Grant applications must include:
    1. A statement of rationale, including the project’s aims, objectives, methodology and provision for evaluation, and how these reflect the APS mission statement and the specific aims of the Grant;
    2. Any anticipated future engagement or ongoing relationship with the APS arising from receipt of the Grant, and how such engagement will take place and be mutually sustained;
    3. A proposed budget that includes a breakdown of how the funds will be used (e.g., for maintenance, travel, living allowance, training fees and charges, books and equipment, or other costs associated with the project) if the Grant application is successful; and
    4. An acknowledgement that a report suitable for publication in InPsych will be provided to the APS at the completion of the nominated project.
  2. Supporting documentation shall include at least one reference that addresses:
    1. the eligibility and suitability of the applicant and/or nominee to receive the Grant
    2. the applicant and/or nominee’s ability to carry the project to completion
    3. the intercultural significance of the project, and
    4. the relevance of the project for the APS.
  3. Applications should be no longer than five A4 pages, plus supporting documentation. 

Value

The value of the Grant is $10,000, which may be divided between the successful applicants if more than one is selected.

Closing date

The closing date for applications has been extended to Friday 3 October 2014

The completed application form should be submitted electronically with required attachment(s) to interculturalgrant@psychology.org.au, with one signed hard copy sent to:

The Manager, Public Interest
Intercultural/International Projects Grant
The Australian Psychological Society Ltd
PO Box 38  Flinders Lane VIC 8009

For enquiries please email: interculturalgrant@psychology.org.au

Previous recipients

The 2013-14 Grant was awarded  to Associate Professor Bernadette Moore MAPS, Director, Central Queensland University Wellness Centre, for a project aiming to enhance professional relationships and connections between clinical psychology programs at CQU and the Vietnam National University – Hanoi (VNU), which hosts the first such program at postgraduate level in Vietnam.

Over the last few years, the APS Grant has been utilised to support: