Awards Guidelines

  1. Decisions regarding Fellowships and Awards of NAOP (India) will be made by the Fellowship and Awards (F & A) Committee, appointed by the Executive Council (EC) of NAOP. The Fellowship and Awards Committee shall have five members, all Fellows of NAOP, with one member acting as Chair. The term of the Fellowships and Awards Committee will be for three years. The term shall be duly put on record by EC.
  2. The following categories of Fellowships and Awards will be considered :
    A. Fellow: Fellowship may be granted to a nominee who qualifies according to the criteria mentioned below under point 3.2. Such a person would be mainly resident and working in India.
    B. Foreign Fellow: Fellowship granted to a nominee from another country, who qualifies according to the criteria mentioned under point 3.2. A nominee for Foreign Fellow should have done work of relevance to India.
    C. Young Psychologist Award may be given to a person below the age of 40 (by January 1 of the following year), for demonstrating outstanding research and professional potential, and one who qualifies according to the criteria mentioned under point 3.2.
    D. Distinguished Psychologist Award: This Award may be given to a person who has made extraordinary professional contributions through lifetime research to the field of psychology.
  3. Detailed guidelines for Fellowships and Awards nomination/ selection:
    3.1. Nominations for the position of Fellow and Foreign Fellow of NAOP (India) can be made by the existing Fellows of the Academy (except members of the Fellowships and Awards Committee). Nominations for the Young Psychologist Award of NAOP (India) can be made by the existing Fellows of the Academy and members of the current Executive Council (EC) of NAOP (India). All nominations should be made by sending a duly filled up Fellowship Nomination Form to the Chair, Fellowship and Awards Committee, NAOP (India). [Download Fellowship Nomination form available on the NAOP website]
    In the case of the Distinguished Psychologist Award, the Fellowships and Awards Committee will identify suitable persons, and decide on the Award. Candidates for the Distinguished Psychologist Award will be selected from the list of existing Fellows of NAOP (India) (except members of the Fellowships and Awards Committee). No formal nominations will be sought for this Award, but the existing Fellows may be asked to suggest suitable names. If necessary, the F&A Committee may undertake a peer review of the contributions of the candidate, involving experts at the national and international level. In the case of all Fellowships and Awards, the decision of the F&A Committee shall be final.
    3.2. Fellows and Awardees will be elected/selected on the basis of the nominee’s/candidate’s unique contribution to the advancement of the field of Psychology through research, teaching and practice. The major criteria of suitability of those nominated /selected will be:
    a) Quality of research, and research publications;
    b) Contributions to the teaching and practice of Psychology;
    c) Contribution to/participation in NAOP activities. In the case of the Distinguished Psychologist Award, the candidate should: 1) be a Fellow of NAOP (India) 2) have at least 40 years’ experience in academic 3) have delivered at least one keynote address/Invited talk at a reputed international conference outside the country 4) have demonstrated evidence of being a ‘thought leader’, 5) have publications of high standard and adequate citations, and 6) have contributed through research to both theory and application.
    3.3 Nominations for Fellowships and Awards will be considered at a specified time every year by the Fellowships and Awards Committee. An announcement inviting nominations for Fellowships and the Young Psychologist Award will be sent to the existing Fellows (and EC members, in the case of the Young Psychologist Award) by the Chair, Fellowships and Awards Committee, at least two months before the date of the annual
    conference of NAOP. The invitation shall stipulate a deadline for the submission of nominations. Only those nominations received on or before the deadline will be considered.
    3.4 Nominations for Fellow, Foreign Fellow, and Young Psychologist Award may be made by an existing Fellow(and EC members, in the case of the Young Psychologist Award). For any of these categories, a Fellow/ EC member (in the case of the Young Psychologist Award) may not nominate more than one person in a year. Foreign Fellows are not entitled to make nominations. (Members of the F&A Committee will not make nominations for any of these three categories).
    3.5 In the case of nominations for Fellow, Foreign Fellow, and Young Psychologist Award, the proposer should request, from the nominee, the latter’s consent, the full updated CV, and a short self- evaluative report (< 1000 words) on his or her unique contributions to Psychology through research, teaching, practice, and/or services to NAOP. All documents
    should be duly signed by the nominee. The nominee’s photograph should be affixed to the form. All of these documents should be submitted along with the filled Nomination Form, signed by the proposer, to the Chairperson, F&A Committee. Nominations that are incomplete in any respect shall not be considered.
  4. The F & A Committee will scrutinize and discuss each nomination for Fellow, Foreign Fellow, and Young Psychologist Award, considering the criteria mentioned under 3.2. In the case of the Distinguished Psychologist Award, all relevant details of the candidate identified by the members of the F & A Committee/other Fellows shall be compiled for making a decision regarding this Award.
    In any year, the F & A Committee will generally recommend not more than
    a) Three names for Fellow,
    b) One name for Foreign Fellow,
    c) One name for the Young Psychologist Award.
    d) One candidate for the Distinguished Psychologist Award
  5. The Fellowships and Awards Committee shall send the list of nominees for Fellow, Foreign Fellow, and Young Psychologist Award to the existing Fellows for voting. To be elected as a Fellow/ Foreign Fellow, and selected for the Young Psychologist Award, each recommended candidate must have more than 50% of the votes received from the existing Fellows. All candidates who qualify according to this criterion will then be recommended for the respective Fellowship/Award. [Members of the Fellowship and Awards Committee and Foreign Fellows will not participate in the voting.]
  6. The list of elected Fellows and Foreign Fellows, and selected Young Psychologist and Distinguished Psychologist awardees shall be conveyed to the Secretary- General of NAOP who shall further announce it to the EC. The awardees themselves shall be informed by email and shall be inducted into the Fellowship/Award during the Annual Conference of the Academy. Their names will subsequently appear on the website of NAOP (India).
  7. Those elevated to the status of Fellow and Foreign Fellow will receive a Fellow/ Foreign Fellow certificate and a citation. The candidate selected for the Young Psychologist Award will receive a certificate and a citation. The citations in all cases will state the unique contributions made by the recipient to the profession of Psychology through research, teaching, and/or practice. The Fellows and the Foreign Fellow would be entitled to affix “FNAPsy” with their names. In the case of Distinguished Psychologist Award, in addition to the certificate and citation, the awardee will be invited for a talk and provided travel funds. The awardee will also be suitably honoured in other ways.
  8. Fellows, Foreign Fellows, Young Psychologist and Distinguished Psychologist of the Academy will have complimentary access to the online version of ‘Psychological Studies’.
  9. Fellowship, Foreign Fellowship, Young Psychologist Award and Distinguished Psychologist Award will be effective from January 1st following the election/selection of the Fellows and Awardees.
  10. On behalf of the Academy, the Secretary-General will maintain a Register of the Fellows and Awardees with their signatures and photographs.
  11. It is expected that all NAOP Fellows and Awardees will maintain high standards of professional and personal integrity. If at any time the Academy is made aware of any violation of these standards in the case of a Fellow or Awardee, NAOP (India) may take the necessary steps to revoke the person’s Fellowship or Award of the Academy.