Prolific Reviews and Features

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Operated by: Prolific Academic Ltd

Quick Overview:
Rewards Offered: Cash paid via PayPal Donations to charity
Member Opportunities: Online surveys
Redeeming Rewards: Request a PayPal payment with £5 in your account.
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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

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.

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Prolific Reviews (53)

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great site

February 14, 2020 by richard from United Kingdom

Love this site, the surveys are much more interesting than the usual sites and are fun to do, also pays out promptly.

best survey company ever

February 13, 2020 by Ganne from United States

You have to keep a tab open all the time because the surveys show up and are gone FAST. They pay fairly, no disqualifications, you can cash out after $8 earned and it adds up fast. They are absolutely the best and most fair company I have ever used. I wish they had more surveys! And the surveys are very interesting and different, not about your favorite brand of soap!

On Hold

January 24, 2020 by William from Ireland

I registered on the site two months ago, filled in every demographic and participated in the same 'sample survey' numerous times while awaiting my first real survey. Every day, I would check in expecting a survey but was always greeted by the same sample survey. Two months later, getting nowhere, I noticed my account was 'on hold' all that time. Well, there are far better survey sites out there that don't waste my time and reward my efforts. Hence, bye bye Prolific - I cancelled my account. The only Prolific thing about that survey site is what a complete waste of time it is! AVOID!

great surveys and fast payment

January 22, 2020 by Deanna from United Kingdom

been doing prolific surveys for about a year now. great surveys, not too long. payment is super fast via paypal. highly recommend

Couldn't ask for anything better

January 19, 2020 by Aric from United States


The survey sites I used prior to discovering Prolific left me bored out of my mind and completely tired of surveys. It was the same thing: take a survey that was mostly always uninteresting which seemingly took forever and had a high chance of disqualifying me halfway into it, if not at the first page. It was always a waste of time, I felt there had to be something better... just something!


Thanks to Reddit, I discovered Prolific a few months back which was being recommended by a lot of people. The amount of praise it received gave me no choice but to try it. The praise is well deserved, let's just make that very clear. I'm still shocked that I didn't hear about them sooner.


You fill out a profile so you can get matched with surveyors looking for people like you. This 100% eliminates any possibility of getting kicked out. The only time you may not get a chance to take a survey is if all the spots are filled. They tell you how many places are available, sometimes it could be 150 spots or 3 spots. Whatever the case, you better be quick to reserve yours.

They have a great chrome extension that notifies you immediately of new surveys so you don't need to have a tab open to check constantly. I can't speak on how many surveys you get as that varies.

Now about the surveys themselves... in short, they're all amazing. They're so varied, interesting,and engaging! They're given by independent researchers and universities, all of whom really make you feel like you're taking part in something important. It got to the point where I don't even care about how much they pay, I'm just happy to take a survey. I'm serious, it's that nice.

Most of the surveys are short, not time-consuming. But even the lengthier ones are great to take. I used to see "20 minutes" on other sites and think "oh no" because I knew I'd fall asleep while taking it. But on Prolific? I'd gladly take one for an hour if they ever give me one.

Last, but not least, the pay... how is it? Good. I've made more money in 3 days, let alone 3 months than I have on any other site. I haven't cashed out yet because I'm waiting until I hit a certain amount. I shall update this review once I do cash out.


Prolific ought to be the gold standard for what a survey taking site should be like. No headaches, no frustrations, no crap, just pure quality. I couldn't ask for anything better. If they sold merch I'd buy a Prolific t-shirt!