The Grawemeyer Award in Psychology


University of Louisville 


The Grawemeyer Award in Psychology is given for original and creative ideas. Ideas should possess clarity, power and that substantially impact the field of psychology. These ideas help us understand one another and the world around us, and provide insights into the human mind.

The purpose of this annual award is to acknowledge and disseminate outstanding ideas in all areas of psychological science. The award is designed to recognize a specific idea, rather than a lifetime of accomplishment


Ideas eligible for nomination may have an individual author or authors. The award is designed to recognize a specific idea, rather than a lifetime of achievement.  The competition does not limit the format in which the idea appears. Consistent with the intent of Charles Grawemeyer, the award is not given posthumously.

The University invites nominations from throughout the world by individuals, professional associations, university presidents and administrators, and publishers or editors of journals and books in psychology. If the nominator is a book publisher, the nomination letter should not simply repeat the material from the jacket of the book.  In such cases, a detailed supplementary nomination letter is suggested that describes the specific idea being nominated and its impact on the field of psychology.

Self-nominations are not accepted.


The Grawemeyer Award in Psychology is accompanied by a prize of no less than $100,000, which is presented in full during the awards ceremony.

Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page. 


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Please submit the nomination directly to the mail/emailing address listed on the Grawemeyer Awards website. Please also submit a copy of the full nomination and OR-5 to

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted to the mailing/email address listed on the Grawemeyer psychology award website. Please submit an OR-5 and a completed application to by the external deadline. 

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