The Clara Mayo Grants

This grant is in support of Masters’ theses and pre-dissertation research on sexism, racism, or prejudice.

Deadline: May 10, 2015; October 5, 2015; May 10, 2016; October 5, 2016

Sponsor: Division 9


The Clara Mayo Grant program was set up to support masters’ theses or pre-dissertation research on aspects of sexism, racism, or prejudice, with preference given to students enrolled in a terminal master’s program. Studies of the application of theory or the design of interventions or treatments to address these problems are welcome.

Up to four grants will be awarded annually. The maximum amount of any grant is $1,000. Proposals that include a college or university agreement to match the amount requested will be favored, but proposals without matching funds will also be considered.


To be eligible for this grant the applicant must:

  • Be a member of SPSSI.

  • Matriculated in graduate programs in psychology, applied social science, and/or related disciplines.

  • A student who is not applying for grants-in-aids in the same award year as applying for the Clara Mayo award.

  • Be submitting only one Mayo application this calendar year.

How to Apply

Applications should include:

  • A cover sheet stating the title of the thesis proposal, name of investigator, his/her address, phone number, and if possible his/her fax and email.

  • An abstract of no more than 100 words summarizing the proposed research.

  • Project purposes, theoretical rationale, research methodology, and analytic procedures to be employed.

  • Relevance of research to SPSSI goals and funding criteria.

  • Status of human subjects review process (which must be satisfactorily completed before grant funds can be forwarded).

  • Faculty advisor’s recommendation, including certification that the proposal is for a master’s theses or for pre-dissertation research.

  • Specific amount requested, including research budget.

  • If available, an institutional letter of agreement to match the funds requested.

Recommended length for the first four points listed above is 5-7 double-spaced typed pages using 12-point font. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant.

Apply online now!  Online submissions are the preferred method.  Please limit the number and size of files uploaded when applying online.

For hard copy submissions, send five (5) copies to:

SPSSI, 208 "I" (Eye) St NE
Washington, DC 20002-4340
Attn: Clara Mayo.