The Society for the
Study of Social Issues


The Susan D. Dudley Early Career Research Grant Program

The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) is pleased to announce the Susan D. Dudley Early Career Scholars Research Grant Program, established to encourage excellence in socially relevant research among early career professionals.  The award is named for a living person - Dr. Susan D. Dudley - in honor of her leadership of the organization for more than a decade as SPSSI's Executive Director.    


PhD, dues-current SPSSI members for at least two consecutive years immediately prior to time of submission (which can include years of graduate student membership) with tenure track or non-tenure track positions at 4-year colleges and universities (with or without graduate programs), community colleges or at non-academic institutions (with procedures in place for administering grant funds) are welcome to apply.  Applicants must be a scholar who earned a Ph.D. no more than within the past ten years.


A grant of up to $25,000 will be awarded to the investigator that best demonstrates scientific excellence with potential for application to social problems.  Funds are not normally provided for stipends or the indirect costs of institutions.  


All submissions should be single-spaced, typed (using font 12) with 1 inch margins all around.  It is not necessary to start a section on a new page.

  1. A cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and title of the proposal, plus a statement that the PI has been a SPSSI member in good standing for at least two full continuous years immediately prior to the date of proposal submission.  An Executive Summary of 300 words or less summarizing the proposed research.
  2. Description of importance or significance of the topic to the field and its relevance to SPSSI goals.
  3. A description of the project’s purposes, theoretical rationale, hypotheses and research methodology. If appropriate, depending upon the nature of the proposed research, include information about power, sample size and analytical procedures to be employed. A recommended length for the combined Sections (2) and (3) of the proposal is 4-6 pages.
  4. Reference section using APA style.
  5. Include complete copies (or descriptions) of ALL available measures to be utilized.
  6. A description of facilities, equipment and other resources that will be available to the investigator(s) for the project.
  7. Proposed timeline for project completion. Funds may be utilized over two years.
  8. Average amount of additional funding per year available to the investigator(s) that can be used to supplement this SPSSI award.
  9. Status of human subjects review process which must be approved by the IRB before grant funds can be forwarded.
  10. Specific amount of funding requested, including a budget and budget justification for each item listed. For co-authored submissions, please indicate only one name and institution to whom a check should be issued if selected for funding.
  11. A signed statement by the investigator’s Chair or supervisor describing his/her support for the proposed plan for resource utilization and the availability of the investigator’s time necessary for project completion plus, if possible, a description of additional resources (e.g., travel funds to attend the annual SPSSI conference, or released time) that would become available to the investigator if the project was funded.
  12. A Curriculum vitae (CV) of principal investigator(s).

Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the scientific merit of the planned research, its consistency with SPSSI’s mission; the clarity of the proposal, the appropriateness of the budget and the feasibility of the PI completing the research according to the proposed timeline.

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


This is an annual award not to exceed two years.  The deadline for proposals is October 15th. 

All applicants will be notified of the status of their submission by December 15th.

Click here to read about SPSSI's first Susan D. Dudley Early Career Scholars Research Grant Program award winner, Dr. Rebecca Covarrubias. 

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