General Award Categories

Christopher J. Peterson Gold Medal

This award represents the most important honor IPPA bestows. It should be conferred on the member whose career exemplifies the best of positive psychology – at the personal, professional, and academic levels.

Candidates will be asked to submit a CV with publication list in support of their nomination.

A medal and $500 award shall be presented to the recipient.

Past winners include Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D. in 2013, Nansook Park, Ph.D. in 2015 and Robert J. Vallerand, Ph.D. in 2017.

Outstanding Practitioner Award

This award is to be bestowed to the IPPA practitioner who has shown the most outstanding excellence and impact in advancing the practice of positive psychology in ethical and evidence-based ways.

Candidates will be asked to submit a CV in support of their nomination.

A certificate and $300 shall be presented to the recipient.

Raymond D. Fowler Service Award

This award is to be bestowed to an IPPA member who has gone above and beyond to give his or her time in the service of advancing the field of positive psychology.

Candidates will be asked to submit a CV in support of their nomination.

A certificate and $300 shall be presented to the recipient.

IPPA Fellows Program

The aim of this award is to confer the title of Fellow on IPPA members who have contributed most significantly to the development of the association and to the scientific advancement of knowledge in their specific field of research or practice within the domain of positive psychology.

Candidates for the class of 2019 will be asked to submit a CV with publication list in support of their nomination.

A certificate and honorary lifetime membership in IPPA shall be presented to the recipients.

IPPA Fellows to date:

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ph.D.
Antonella Delle Fave, MD
Ed Diener, Ph.D.
Jane Dutton, Ph.D.
Raymond Fowler, Ph.D.
Scott Huebner, Ph.D.
Shane Lopez, Ph.D.
Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D.
Nansook Park, Ph.D.
Christopher Peterson, Ph.D.
Willibald F. Ruch, Ph.D.
Carol Ryff, Ph.D.
Martin Seligman, Ph.D.
George Vaillant, Ph.D.
Lea Waters, Ph.D.

Early Career Researcher Award

This award is to be conferred on the IPPA member who, within the first 10 years of completing their PhD, has contributed most significantly to scientific advancement of knowledge in positive psychology.

Candidates will be asked to submit a CV with publication list in support of their nomination.

A certificate and $300 shall be presented to the recipient.

IPPA Top Dissertation Award

This award will be conferred on the author of a Ph.D. dissertation that has been officially passed between February 28, 2016 to December 31 2018. The research reported in the dissertation should address a topic in the domain of positive psychology.

The candidates will be invited to submit the following documents:

  • A CV with publication list (if available);

  • An extended abstract of the dissertation (3-5 pages)

  • A letter of reference by the tutor / supervisor

  • An electronic copy of the thesis

A certificate and $500 shall be presented to the recipient.

 
 

Division Awards

Positive Educator Impact Award

Offered by IPPA's Positive Education Division

This award recognizes individuals (educators, students, coaches, consultants, administrators, parents, academics) that are having a positive impact in educational and academic setting by implanting the principles, practices and applications of Positive Education. As such this award is open to individuals who work in educational settings, and academics focused on positive education research.

*material requirements for nominees will be forthcoming at a later date

A certificate and $300 shall be presented to the recipient.

Contributions in Positive Health Award

Offered by IPPA's Positive Health and Wellness Division

This award recognizes individuals with long and distinguished careers who have made a notable impact on the field of positive health. Nominees can be any professional involved in positive health (academics, researchers, clinicians, organizations, practitioners, consultants, coaches), who uses positive psychology to advance human longevity, quality of life, and physiological and psychological wellbeing (including decreased morbidity).

*material requirements for nominees will be forthcoming at a later date

A certificate and $300 shall be presented to the recipient. In addition, the recipient will be asked to give a short presentation of his/her work at the Sixth World Congress on Positive Psychology.

The Vaillant Award for Contributions to Positive Clinical Psychology

Offered by IPPA's Positive Clinical Psychology Division

Named in recognition of Dr. George Vaillant’s seminal contributions to the field of Positive Clinical Psychology, this award recognizes distinguished contributions of the application of positive psychology in the clinical realm, including but not limited to endeavors such as designing, delivery, training and evaluation of positive assessment and interventions.

*material requirements for nominees will be forthcoming at a later date

A certificate and $300 shall be presented to the recipient.

Exemplary Research to Practice Award

Offered by IPPA's Work and Organizations Division

This award is presented to a member of the Work and Organizations Division who has advanced the application of evidence-based science in the field of positive work and organizations (PWO). Their work serves as a stand-alone exemplar of a cumulative contribution to PWO through applying theory and research in practical applications and/or field application of scientific findings. The quality of their work demonstrates potential of our members to contribute to PWO theory, research, and/or practice, and should be considered a standard for us all, researchers and practitioners alike, to aspire to as we work to positively transform the way the world works.

*material requirements for nominees will be forthcoming at a later date

A certificate and $300 shall be presented to the recipient.

Inspiring Mentor Award

Offered by the Students of the International Positive Psychology Association Division

The SIPPA Inspiring Mentor Award recognizes one outstanding mentor in the field of positive psychology who provides continued commitment and support to students that foster professional and academic development.

Mentors are nominated by students, which include current Undergraduate, Masters Level, and PhD students. A student may nominate a mentor by submitting mentor name and email address. 

*material requirements for nominees will be forthcoming at a later date

 

Selection Criteria

Eligibility

To be eligible for one of these IPPA awards, candidates must have an active IPPA membership at the time of their application. Anyone with a professional profile suitable for award consideration may be nominated, but candidates who do not yet have an active IPPA membership will need to join prior to submitting their application.

Nominations

Nominations open December 1 2018. To nominate someone for one of the above awards, please do so here.

Applications

Identified candidates will be asked whether they would like to accept their nominations soon after the call for nominees close. If they would like to be considered for their respective award, candidates will need to submit an application with their supporting materials by February 15, 2019. Please see the award descriptions for information about the required supporting materials.

Review

All candidate application materials will be reviewed by the IPPA Awards Committee, chaired this year by Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D. Candidates will be notified of their application status by mid-March, and the award winners will be announced in a ceremony at the Sixth World Congress on Positive Psychology, to be held in Melbourne, Australia, July 18-21, 2019.