The Grants-In-Aid Program

This program supports scientific research in social problem areas related to the basic interests and goals of SPSSI and particularly those that are not likely to receive support from traditional sources.

Sponsor: Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and The Sophie and Shirley Cohen Memorial Fund

Grants-in-Aid are awarded twice each year. Funding up to $1000 is available for graduate student research, with strong preference given to applications from students at the dissertation stage of the graduate career. Such proposals must be accompanied by an appropriate official university agreement to match the amount requested. This matching requirement will not be waived for institutions that have adopted a policy of not providing matching funds to support graduate student research. Funding up to $2000 is available for research by SPSSI members who already have a Ph.D. Documentation of submission to the applicant’s Institution IRB must accompany every submission. In exceptional circumstances the amount may exceed $2000. The usual grant from SPSSI is for up to $2000 for post-doctoral work and up to $1000 for pre-doctoral work.
The applicant must be a member of SPSSI. Applicants may submit only one application per deadline. If an applicant has applied to the Clara Mayo Grants in the same award year (July 1 - June 30). She or he is not eligible to apply for GIA. Individuals may submit a joint application.
How to Apply

Online submissions are the preferred method.  Please limit the size and number of files uploaded when applying online.  For hard copy submissions, assemble 5 complete packets of the required materials. Each packet should contain the exact same material and be collated. No folders please. Mail the complete application to SPSSI, 208 "I" (Eye) St NE, Washington, DC 20002-4340. Attn: Grants-in-Aids Program. The Application should include:

  1. A cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and title of the proposal.

  2. An abstract of 100 words or less summarizing the proposed research.

  3. Project purposes, theoretical rationale, and research methodology and analytical procedures to be employed.

  4. Relevance of research to SPSSI goals and Grants-in-Aid criteria.

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

  6. Resume of investigator (a faculty sponsor’s recommendation must be provided if the investigator is a graduate student; support is seldom awarded to students who have not yet reached the dissertation stage).

  7. Specific amount requested, including a budget. For co-authored submissions, please indicate only one name and institution to whom a check should be jointly issued if selected for funding.

A recommended length for the combined Points (1) through (4) of the proposal is 5-7 double-spaced, typed pages.