Seisoh Sukemune/Bruce Bain Award for Encouragement of Early Career Research

Application deadline: June 15, 2021

The Seisoh Sukemune/Bruce Bain Encouragement of Early Career Research Award recognizes outstanding early career contributions to scholarly endeavors addressing psychological issues of a universal or multinational significance. It is designed to encourage research that systematically addresses the psychological dimensions affecting the quality of human life, and to enhance and reinforce the mission and goals of ICP. For the purpose of this award, “research” is broadly defined to include all paradigms of scholarly endeavor, such as laboratory experiments, field experiments, field studies, correlation and evaluation studies, historical studies and case histories. The recipient is expected to present an address at the ICP annual convention that relates to his/her research.

Award Description

  • An honorarium for $200 USD, an award certificate and an award plaque
  • An invitation to present at the annual ICP conference, with waived conference registration
  • Waived ICP Membership fee for the award year and the next year (18 months)

Criteria for eligibility

The recipient must be a psychologist who has no more than ten (10) years postdoctoral experience, or a student. Nominations  are invited from all over the world.

Nomination materials and procedure

  • Nomination must be made here
  • Materials include:
    • Uploaded manuscript (PDF) of a professional paper based primarily on the applicant’s own work; Nominee must be first or sole author on the paper; Nominee’s contribution must be greater than 50%; Paper must not have been published elsewhere but can be based on Nominee’s unpublished bachelor, master, diploma, or dissertation research; Paper must follow APA publication format; Length of paper cannot exceed 25 double-spaced pages including abstract, references, figures, and tables;
    • Nominee’s curriculum vita (PDF only);
    • Names of providers of two letters of support stipulating why the applicant is deserving of the award (letters may uploaded with application or submitted separately to: Dr. Cecilia Cheng,;
    • Certification that the material presented is original and is primarily the Nominee’s own work, that the Nominee’s contribution to the paper is greater than 50% (where there are multiple authors), that the material has not been previously published, and that the Nominee agrees to present the paper at the  ICP conference.

Paper selection criteria:

The paper’s logic, its purpose, its methodology, its universal or multinational significance, contribution to the development of international psychology, and contribution to the development of human well-being.

For inquiries, please contact the award chair, Prof. Cecilia Cheng, at

Past Recipients – Sukemune/Bain Award

2020 Dr. Linus Chan, University of Montana, USA
2019 No Award Given
2018 Dr. Anusha Kassan, University of Calary, Canada
2017 Dr. Swati Bajpai, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, INDIA
2016 Dr. Hiroaki Kawamichi from Gunma University, JAPAN
2015 Mr. Joshua Wright, University of Western Ontario, CANADA
2014 Dr. Melody Chao, Hong Kong U. Science & Technology CHINA
2013 Dr. Angela K.Y. Leung, Singapore Management University, SINGAPORE
2012 Dr. Diana Boer, Bremen, GERMANY
2004 Ms. Mikayo Ando, Health Science Laboratory, Gakugei University, Tokyo, JAPAN
Psychological Factors and the Impact of Intervention on Japanese Adolescent Aggressive Behaviors
2002 Ms. Serena Cheng, Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, Taipei, TAIWAN
Different voices from two Asian nations : Social relationships among Taiwanese and Japanese college students.
2001 Ms. Yumi Suzuki, Nagoya University, JAPAN
Cross-cultural comparability in the relationship of attribution for academic success and failure with self-esteem and self-consciousness.
2000 Dr. Ng Aik Kwang, Nanyang Technological University, SINGAPORE
Why creators are dogmatic people, “nice” people are not creative, and creative people are not “nice.”
1999 Dr. Cecilia Cheng, Division Social Science, The Hong Kong University, HONG KONG
Social Relations and Psychological Distress: Toward a variability approach to subclinical depression.