Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.

Student Award Opportunities

For more details, please visit the websites indicated.


Awards From the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis (SABA)

SABA provides annual grants to support research in and the development of behavior analysis. Some grants are awarded to support graduate student research projects on various topics, and others are awarded to groups or individuals in support of the international development of behavior analysis. In addition, SABA provides complimentary registration for qualifying students who are presenting authors at ABAI events.


Awards From Chapters

Student Awards, From the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT)

BABAT offers three awards: the Student Paper Award ($1,000 for a paper based on original research), the B. F. Skinner Foundation Student Research Award ($500 for a research proposal), and the B. F. Skinner Foundation Student Poster Competition ($500).


B. F. Skinner Foundation Research Award for Graduate Student Research in California, From the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA)

The B. F. Skinner Foundation Research Award for Graduate Student Research in California supports and encourages research efforts in behavior analysis among graduate students in California, promotes Skinnerian science, boosts the overall quality of academic research in behavior analysis, and provides recognition for students conducting behavior analytic research (through publication in the online newsletter Operants).


Julie Vargas Student Research Award, From the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA)

The Julie Vargas Award was created by Dr. Julie Vargas of the B. F. Skinner Foundation to promote research by students in behavior analysis. This competitive award of $250 is presented to a CalABA member who has conducted original research in behavior analysis while enrolled as a student and who is not more than one calendar year past graduation.


B. F. Skinner Foundation Florida Graduate Student Research Award, From the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis (FABA)

The B. F. Skinner Foundation Florida Graduate Student Research Award of $500 is to assist in funding graduate student-driven research. Each applicant must be a FABA member attending a graduate-level program in Florida.


Forrest J. Files Student Research Award, From the Mid-American Association for Behavior Analysis

Undergraduate and graduate students, and those who are no more than one year post graduation, are encouraged to submit original empirical papers of basic or applied behavior analytic research or behavioral theory for this monetary award, made to one or two students annually.


Student Research Presentation Award, From the Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis (NABA)

The winner of this award will present at NABA's conference, receive complimentary membership and conference registration, and may attend a dinner with NABA's board and visiting speakers.


Student Paper Awards, From the New Zealand Association for Behaviour Analysis (NZABA)

Each year, up to two prizes are given at the NZABA annual conference for the best student paper(s)—one for the best experimental analysis of behavior paper, and one for the best applied behavior analysis paper.


Student Scholarship Award, From the North Carolina Association for Behavior Analysis (NCABA)

The winner of this award receives complimentary conference registration to the NCABA annual conference and a $100 stipend toward conference expenses.


Awards From Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Marian Breland Bailey Award, From the Applied Animal Behavior SIG

The Marian Breland Bailey Award is designed to recognize and promote research and scholarly activity by students in the applied analysis of animal behavior. Direct questions to SIG president, Dr. Terri Bright, at


Student Researcher Award, From the Behavioral Gerontology SIG

Each year the Behavioral Gerontology SIG provides one student researcher with a $50 award at the ABAI annual convention. Any graduate or undergraduate student who is first author on a behavioral gerontology-related talk or poster is invited to submit his or her presentation for consideration. The winner is acknowledged during the convention and on the Behavioral Gerontology SIG website.


Student Paper Award, From the Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior SIG

The Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior SIG holds an annual Student Paper Competition, which is designed to recognize and promote scholarly activity in the experimental analysis of human behavior. All current graduate and undergraduate students, as well as individuals who left school less than one year before the submission deadline, are eligible.


Chris Anderson Research Grant, Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) Network SIG

The Chris Anderson Research Award program is intended to foster traditional research in OBM. Accordingly, preference will be given to those proposals that (a) use behavior analytic methods, (b) include specific behavioral targets as part of organizational change strategies, and (c) present individual subject information or appropriate statistical tests to document group effects.


Research and Application/Dissemination Grant, Speech Pathology SIG

The Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis SIG provides one annual grant of $250 to ABAI members who conduct empirical research or who facilitate dissemination of knowledge and collaboration between speech pathologists and behavior analysts.


Student Grant and Student Paper Competitions, Verbal Behavior SIG

The grant and paper competitions recognize student scholarship in verbal behavior. 

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