Graduate Funding Information Service

April 14, 2021

SPSSI Psychology Grants-in-Aid Program

Application Deadline: May 15, 2021

  • For graduate students
  • Conducting scientific research in social problems
  • Must be SPSSI members
  • Awards up to $1,000

The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues’ (SPSSI’s) Committee on Grants-in-Aid (GIA) wishes to support 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. The Committee especially encourages proposals involving (a) unique and timely research opportunities, (b) underrepresented institutions, graduate students, and junior scholars, (c) volunteer research teams, and (d) actual, not pilot, projects. Funds are not normally provided for travel to conventions, travel or living expenses while conducting research, stipends of principal investigators, costs associated with manuscript preparation, or the indirect costs of institutions.

Funding up to $1000 is available for graduate student research.  In the case of graduate students, strong preference is given to applications from students at the dissertation stage of their career. Funding up to $2000 is available for research by SPSSI members who already have a Ph.D. Applicants can be at any stage of their academic work at any type of institution.  However, in case of proposals of comparable quality, preference is given to applications from scholars working in circumstances where research support is limited.  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 Grant in the same award year (July 1 – June 30), they are not eligible to apply for GIA. Individuals may submit a joint application.

Grants-in-Aid are awarded twice each year.

The annual deadline for the Spring round is May 15th. Winners will be announced by July 20th.

The annual deadline for the Fall round is October 15th. Winners will be announced by December 15th.

For more information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.