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Grants and Fellowships

The Sydney S. Spivack Program in Applied Social Research and Social Policy
ASA Congressional Fellowship

 Deadline: February 15

The ASA encourages applications for its Congressional Fellowship. The Fellowship brings a PhD-level sociologist to Washington, DC, to work as a staff member on a congressional committee, in a congressional member office, or in a congressional agency (e.g., the Government Accountability Office). This intensive six-month experience reveals the intricacies of the policy making process to the sociological fellow, and shows the usefulness of sociological data and concepts to policy issues.  [More...]

Community Action Research Initiative (CARI Grants) The Sydney S. Spivack Program in Applied Social Research and Social Policy

Deadline:  February 15

To encourage sociologists to undertake community action projects that bring social science knowledge, methods, and expertise to bear in addressing community-identified issues and concerns, ASA administers competitive CARI awards. Grant applications are encouraged from sociologists seeking to work with community organizations, local public interest groups, or community action projects. Appointments will run for the duration of the project, whether the activity is to be undertaken during the year, in the summer, or for other time-spans.   [More...]

Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline

Deadlines:  June 15 | December 15

The American Sociological Association invites submissions by PhD sociologists for the Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (FAD) awards. Supported by the American Sociological Association through a matching grant from the National Science Foundation, the goal of this project is to nurture the development of scientific knowledge by funding small, groundbreaking research initiatives and other important scientific research activities such as conferences. FAD awards provide scholars with small grants ($8,000 maximum) for innovative research that has the potential for challenging the discipline, stimulating new lines of research, and creating new networks of scientific collaboration. The award is intended to provide opportunities for substantive and methodological breakthroughs, broaden the dissemination of scientific knowledge, and provide leverage for acquisition of additional research funds.  [More...]

Minority Fellowship Program

Deadline:  January 31

Through its Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), the American Sociological Association (ASA) supports the development and training of sociologists of color in any sub-area of sociology. Funded by a generous contributions from various aligned associations and member donations, MFP seeks to attract talented doctoral students to ensure a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles in research.  [More...]

Sorokin Lecture Grants

Deadline: February 1

Academic departments and programs, as well as state, regional, and aligned associations, can apply for funds to bring any ASA major award recipient from the previous two calendar years to their campus or annual meeting to deliver a Pitirim A. Sorokin Lecture.  The grant will cover the cost of transportation and up to two nights hotel accommodations.  Hosting organizations cover the cost of meals and other expenses.  Up to four lecture trips a year can be supported.  [More...]

Student Forum Travel Awards

Deadline:  April 1

The ASA and Student Forum Advisory Board are pleased to announce that the ASA Council is making funds available to support the Student Forum Travel Awards. ASA anticipates granting approximately 25 travel awards in the amount of $225 each. These awards will be made on a competitive basis and are meant to assist students by defraying the expenses associated with attending the ASA Annual Meeting. All applicants are encouraged to seek additional sources of funding to cover expenses associated with attending the Annual Meeting.  [More...]

Carla B. Howery Teaching Enhancement Grants

Deadline:  February 1

Applications are being accepted for the Carla B. Howery Teaching Enhancement Grants. This small grants program supports teaching projects that advance the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) within the discipline of sociology. The Carnegie Foundation has defined SoTL as "problem posing about an issue of teaching or learning, study of the problem through methods appropriate to the disciplinary epistemologies, applications of results to practice, communication of results, self-reflection, and peer review" (Cambridge, 2001). 

Howery Teaching Enhancement Grants can support an individual, a program, a department, or a committee of a state or regional association.  ASA may award multiple grants, each up to $2,000. Principal criteria for the award are: The project advances the teaching and learning of sociology, serves as a seed project that will continue to have an impact over time, and will be systemic in its impact. The criteria are intentionally flexible in order to accommodate innovative proposals.  [More...]