Awards 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.

 

Selection

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 will open on December 1 2018. Stay tuned for details.

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.