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

Survey takers who have joined Prolific are also interested in these survey programs:

Prolific Reviews (94)

5 Star Reviews (64) 68.1
4 Star Reviews (5) 5.3
3 Star Reviews (4) 4.3
2 Star Reviews (9) 9.6
1 Star Reviews (12) 12.8

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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.

Love this site

November 2, 2021 by Oliver from United Kingdom

Their academic studies are far more varied and more interesting than the usual surveys, and they pay a lot better than almost all survey sites. The only survey sites I've used that pay at a similar rate are PopulusLive and Pinecone.
Some days you'll get several studies offered, and others almost none. Also, some of them require a lot of attention and at the very least average intelligence, as they're fairly cerebral.

Currently one of the best

October 7, 2021 by Doug from United Kingdom

Great as if a survey is shown and you get accepted you WILL BE ALLOWED TO COMPLETE. Not like the increasingly common being bombed out at the end of the survey that most companies subscribe to!
Problem is that it's become more popular so many surveys are already fully subscribed before you even get notified, but at least you do get told it's full before you try to start survey.
Like the sensible format, unusual surveys, pretty instant rewards (well in a couple of days is longest wait yet). Payout is prompt, seems made up on Tuesdays & Thursdays and now NO PayPal charge, so is a a good payout
Only issue is that you do need to keep a check on their desktop (submissions) otherwise you'll miss several good payers


October 3, 2021 by Marie from United States

First this panel is superior to most of the survey panels that I use. Most of the ratings I see about certain survey sites (I won't mention names) that have several 5 star ratings seem trumped up (like ratings that are one sentence long, no insights into the panel, or how it works which leave you scratching your head wondering how in #$%* did this panel deserve a rating that high :0).
But this company is one of the rare ones that really impress me. The pay out is instant. As soon as you reach the threshold of $5 you can cash out instantly. There is no waiting 30-40 days, a week, or even 72 hours to receive your reward.
Most of the time you will find the surveys/studies they provide are questionnaires that Universities are doing for research purposes. Most of the studies are really interesting, and fun to do so time flies.
The reward varies depending on how much Universities/Companies are willing to pay you per hour. Just like any other survey site they have 'ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION', traps so be sure to read each question carefully. Prolific is one of my go-to panels I check it everyday just like clock work..

UPDATE: I'm not sure what going on with Prolific but suddenly I'm not receiving any studies. I guess I made the mistake of allowing them to use some program that watches how you use their site. I updated my profile and I check in constantly...nothing. The other issue is I'm offered low paying studies that aren't worth the time. So in about a month they went from a 5 star rating to a 3.5 star rating.

Going downhill now

October 1, 2021 by Fraser from United Kingdom

Easy to use and all surveys that show up on the dashboard are accessible so there's no screened out time wasting like with all the other survey websites. Fast payment to paypal.

Have to be logged in to see the surveys there's rarely an email alert that is the only downside.

Update: Starting to slide now. Support is slow if any problems, surveys filling up faster than a human can click and low paying surveys sneaking through.

Update: It appears there are now a lot more users than surveys so it is impossible to actually take part now. Support are very very slow. I would NOT recommend now.