The Society for the
Study of Social Issues


The Clara Mayo Grants

In Support of Masters’ Theses and Pre-Dissertation Research on Sexism, Racism, or Prejudice

The Clara Mayo Grant program was set up to support masters’ theses or pre-dissertation research on aspects of sexism, racism, or prejudice, with preference given to students enrolled in a terminal master’s program. Studies of the application of theory or the design of interventions or treatments to address these problems are welcome.


Individuals who are SPSSI members and who have matriculated in graduate programs in psychology, applied social science, and related disciplines. A student who is applying for a Grants-In-Aids may not apply for the Clara Mayo award in the same award year. Applicants may submit only one Clara Mayo grant application per calendar year.


Up to six grants will be awarded each cycle. The maximum amount of any grant is $1,000. Proposals that include a college or university agreement to match the amount requested will be favored, but proposals without matching funds will also be considered.

Click here to view previous Clara Mayo Grant Winners!


APPLY ONLINE NOW!  Online submissions are the preferred method.  Please limit the number and size of files uploaded when applying online.    

This document must also be completed and included as part of your online submission.

In addition to the requirements detailed on the Application, applicants should include:

  1. Faculty advisor’s recommendation, including certification that the proposal is for a master’s thesis or for pre-dissertation research;
  2. If available, an institutional letter of agreement to match the funds requested.


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

The annual deadline for the Fall round is October 10th. Winners will be announced by December 10th.

Late applications may be held until the next deadline.

Sponsored by: SPSSI’s Clara Mayo Memorial Fund made possible by bequests from the family and friends of Professor Clara Mayo and by SPSSI member donations.

Research that produces nothing but books will not suffice.
                                                                                                                    - Kurt Lewin