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Researchers in the Global South Grants Program

Grant Opportunity for Researchers in the Global South (RGS) 

SPSSI’s Researchers in the Global South (RGS Grants Program) is a unique funding opportunity for international members of SPSSI conducting research on social issues outside of the United States.  The funding is modeled after SPSSI’s long standing Grants-in-Aid program. SPSSI’s Internationalization Committee has developed the program especially to support scientific research on social issues in the Global South and Majority World settings (e.g., Africa, Latin America, Asia, and southern and eastern Europe). The Committee welcomes 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 may be used for various research activities, but are not available for the indirect costs of institutions. 


The applicant must be a member of SPSSI. Preference will be given to applicants who are based in the Global South conducting research about social issues in the Global South (for examples see this list). Applicants may submit only one application per deadline. However, applicants can be considered simultaneously for the Grants-in-Aid program (and should indicate this in their application). If an applicant has applied to the Clara Mayo Grant Program in the same award year (July 1 – June 30), she or he is not eligible to apply for an RGS award. Individuals may submit a joint application. 


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 (or equivalent research compliance board) must accompany every submission. In countries where there is no IRB equivalent, applicants must include a statement explaining the steps that will be taken to ensure responsible and ethical research practices. 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 Application should include: 

  1. A cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and title of the proposal. 

  1. An abstract of 100 words or less summarizing the proposed research. 

  1. Project purposes, theoretical rationale, and research methodology and analytical procedures to be employed. 

  1. Relevance of research to SPSSI goals. Applicants are encouraged to describe why SPSSI funding is useful for their research. 

  1. Impact. Applicants are encouraged to discuss how the proposed research will benefit Global South communities or advance the field of psychology in the Global South. 

  1. Status of human subjects review process (which must be satisfactorily completed before grant funds can be forwarded). 

  1. Resume of investigator (a faculty sponsor’s recommendation must be provided if the investigator is a graduate student; support is seldom awarded to students who have not yet reached the dissertation stage). 

  1. Specific amount requested, including a budget. For co-authored submissions, please indicate only one name and institution to whom a check should be jointly issued if selected for funding. 

A recommended length for the combined Points (1) through (5) of the proposal is 5-7 double-spaced, typed pages. 


Online submissions are preferred. Please limit the number and size of files uploaded when applying online.

Apply online now!  

**Recommendation letters may be uploaded with your application or emailed directly to with the applicants name and "RGS Program LOR" in the subject line. 


The deadline for the Fall round is October 1st. Winners will be announced as soon as possible.

The annual deadline for the Spring round is May 1st. Winners will be announced as soon as possible.