Prolific Reviews and Features

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Prolific was founded in 2014 and has since grown into a crowdsourcing platform for researchers and participants. 3000+ academics, startups, charities and businesses have used Prolific to learn about what customers and the general public feels about a variety of topics and initiatives.

Join Prolific and take part in fun surveys and exciting scientific studies from researchers across the globe. You might also be helping startups test their apps and games! Join over 70,000 participants from various parts of the world. Prolific is powered by The University of Oxford.

Payment and Rewards

Prolific Offers Fair Rewards!

Prolific promises that you won't get kicked out of surveys and you'll earn cash for your efforts - never points. Any rewards you gain to receive for your participation will be clearly outlined before participating in the study or survey. Prolific believes that everyone's time is valuable and asks researchers to reward participants with at least $6.50 per hour.

Get Paid Directly to Your PayPal Account

Prolific pays out in Sterling GBP and pays its panelists via PayPal. Ensure that the email you sign up with is the same email used for your PayPal account. You may request payment of your Rewards at any time, provided you have accumulated at least £5.00. If you're outside of the UK, you will still receive payments in GBP, but you can easily convert this into your local currency via your PayPal account.

Users who have unverified PayPal accounts do not generally appear to experience problems receiving their payments from Prolific; it appears that they issue payments to both verified and unverified PayPal payments alike.

Reasonable Approval Times

Survey submissions are reviewed by researchers before study rewards are credited to your account. This can take a few days, but you will not wait longer than 22 days to see your credit. Wait times for receiving Paypal payments after requesting them are no longer than a few days.

Community Features

Prolific is Socially Conscious

You can donate your rewards to charity! Help science and do good at the same time.


Although their registration page allows users worldwide who are 18+ to register with the site, many users outside of certain countries will receive a message on their dashboard that says that Prolific doesn't support the country they live in.

There are over 30 OECD countries that Prolific actually accepts members from. These include the UK, USA, CA, AU, IT, PL, CZ, among others.

Alternatives to Prolific

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Prolific Reviews (93)

5 Star Reviews (63) 67.7
4 Star Reviews (5) 5.4
3 Star Reviews (4) 4.3
2 Star Reviews (9) 9.7
1 Star Reviews (12) 12.9

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Hacked Off

May 19, 2022 by John from United Kingdom

I had been a member of Prolific for almost a year and managed to complete many of their surveys, finding them very interesting and some of them extremely challenging. I earned a reasonable amount of cash, generally a good deal better than your average survey sites, many of which I also belong to. But one morning I couldn't log in to the site and got a message saying 'Account on hold.' I couldn't understand what I had done to get this kind of treatment. When I attempted to find out why this was done to me, I was told that I could not continue with my membership, they would not tell me why, and I wouldn't be able to cash out the £68 I had remaining on the account. I find this rather cavalier attitude somewhat insulting, considering the length of time I have been a member of Prolific. It seems they can get away with this treatment because they can hide behind the internet and wouldn't get away with this attitude if I was working in the 'real world'. As a result, I wouldn't recommend this site if that is how they treat their members. They should remember that a site such as this is only as good as those who sign up to do their surveys. So, be warned. I am still attempting to discover what I had done wrong and an apology of some sort would be nice, but I doubt i will receive one. Anyone out there had any similar treatment from Prolific? I would love to know.

Actually made $

April 12, 2022 by Karen from United States

I have been doing surveys at various companies for many years. As a point of reference I'm 62 years young. With Prolific surveys I estimate to have made around 400 dollars in 3 and a half months. More by far than most other companies. The secret is you do not wait on their emails to invite you. Just go on their website, log in, and you will see the surveys for you. They are constantly popping up. They may seem rather long, but I find them interesting because you have to actually use your brain on some of them.
This is the best part, you are automatically qualified for the surveys, so none of that kicking you off the survey after you have spent too much time on it.


February 22, 2022 by Lor from United States

Great, thought provoking Surveys, mostly from Grad Students. Very low payout threshold and I receive payments within minutes of selecting. Highly recommend this site!

All time favorite!

January 18, 2022 by Bonnie T. from United States

Surveys are well screened, so there’s no wasting time on questions that take you nowhere. The wide variety of topics are relevant and interesting, from organizations all over the world. Cashout is really fast when the incentive level reaches $5 or more. I take payment in English pounds on PayPal, and it’s always done and on my way to my bank account within minutes. By far my favorite app for the most frequent opportunities, best array of topics, quality surveys, higher incentives and quick payout.

My Absolute Favourite

January 7, 2022 by Anatolia from South Africa

Prolific has the highest-paid studies of all considering the few minutes it takes to complete them. I just love the site.