Social Issues Dissertation Award

This award recognizes excellence in socially relevant research.

Deadline: May 20, 2015; May 20, 2016

Sponsor: Division 9


The Social Issues Dissertation Award recognizes doctoral dissertations in psychology (or in a social science with psychological subject matter) that best demonstrate scientific excellence and potential application to social problems. A first prize of $750 and a second prize of $500 will be award.


In order to be eligible for this award an applicant may only submit one paper to one SPSSI paper award per award year (July 1-June 30). This includes the Allport, Klineberg, and Dissertation Awards.


How to Apply

Applications should include:
• A cover sheet with the title of the dissertation, your name, postal, and email address, phone number, and university granting the degree.
• A 500-word summary of the dissertation. This should include the title, rationale, methods, and results of the dissertation, as well as its implications for social problems.

Online applications are the preferred method.  Please limit the number and size of files uploaded when applying online. 

For hard copy submissions please send four complete packets of required material to:
208 I St NE,
Washington, DC 20002-4340
Attn: Social Issues Dissertation

NOTE: Each packet should contain the exact same material and be collated. No folders please.

Past Recipients
2000 Toni Schmader
2002 Mandeep K. Dhami
2003 Anja Eller
2004 David Amodjo
2005 Rebecca C. Fauth
2006 Aaron C. Kay
2007 Belle Derks