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Graduate Student Investigator Award

The Social Psychology Graduate Student Investigator Award was established to provide financial support for innovative research that addresses an important theoretical or empirical social psychological research question. The proposed research may support the completion of the applicant’s dissertation, thesis, or other publishable research. The award provides $1,000 to meet some of the research expenses associated with the proposed research. The funds can be used for research expenses such as data collection, data analysis software packages (e.g. quantitative and/or qualitative programs), equipment, and travel.

Proposals will be evaluated on the following: theoretical significance, creativity of the research, the appropriateness of the methods, and the overall potential contribution to the field of social psychology.

The proposal deadline is March 1.


The student must be currently enrolled in a sociology graduate program. An eligible application should have four items:

  1. A proposal of no more than ten double-spaced pages outlining the proposed project;
  2. A budget describing how the funds will be used to support the research;
  3. Acurrent CV; and
  4. Asupporting faculty reference form.

The student should also be a current member of the Social Psychology Section of the American Sociological Association. A graduate student may only submit one application for the award for consideration each year.

Primary Evaluation Criteria

a.Theoretical Significance: Are the theoretical ideas adequately developed? Does the proposed project seek to answer a significant theoretical question within the field of social psychology?

b.Creativity: How innovative or insightful are the ideas underlying the proposed research? Does the proposed research seek to answer old questions in a new and creative way? Or, does the proposed research seek to answer important but yet unexplored areas of social psychology?

c.Methodological Adequacy: Is the general methodological strategy or approach appropriate? Is there a good fit between the theory and proposed methodology?

d.Potential Contribution to Knowledge: Overall, does the proposed research have the potential to make a significant contribution to the field of social psychology?