Prolific Academic

Prolific Academic is a survey company that I learned about through The Money Shed.

Each of the surveys on Prolific Academic pays a rate that is equal to at least £5 per hour, which is pretty high for survey companies. Most of the surveys are short and still highly paid.

Prolific Academic are a crowdsourcing platform that allows academics, with a valid university email address, to post research. In turn anyone with a university email address or Facebook account can complete these survey, subject to specific demographics.

My further education ended before university and I find that I receive a steady stream of surveys from Prolific Academic throughout the week. On occasion they are loaded up during the early hours of the morning also, which is great for us night owls.

Registration is quick and the initial questions to sign up are short and concise. Registration is free, as with all survey sites I have wrote about thus far.

To check for surveys I just login once or twice per day. I don’t always find surveys but last week I was able to complete 2 surveys, totalling £4, in well under 30 minutes.

Prolific Academic surveys tend to be interesting, on topics that I am knowledgeable about, and the questions testing you are paying attention are quite obvious too. I know accuracy checking questions aren’t to everyone’s taste but I find they keep me paying attention, so at least they serve their purpose.

The important part… the money from Prolific Academic!

So far I have earned over £100* with Prolific Academic and payout is quick via Paypal. The minimum payment threshold is £5 and there are currently the usual Paypal fees for receiving this. If you wait until you reach £20 you will avoid paying the fees. This is because the payouts have been automated, due to the large amount of people now using the website. I always receive my payouts within 24 hours, so far at least, which is fantastic for a survey company and makes Prolific Academic one of the fastest that I’ve used so far.

Personally I have found that the number of surveys available for me to participate in have already risen which is fantastic.

If you are interested in joining then just click here.

*Updated in June 2015

2 Responses

  1. Sarah-Jayne July 16, 2015 / 9:24 am

    Thank you for such a helpful article! I’ve joined via your affiliate link 🙂

  2. Shawn April 21, 2016 / 5:01 am

    Another important thing about them is that you don’t have to complete long screener surveys to qualify for the paid ones.

    You mentioned there being a fee when cashing out under £20. How much is it? A few pennies or a whole dollar(s)?

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