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The Social Issues Dissertation Award

The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues is proud to announce the Social Issues Dissertation Award, established to encourage excellence in socially relevant research.


Any doctoral dissertation in psychology (or in a social science with psychological subject matter) accepted between March 1st of the previous year and up to the deadline of the current year is eligible. Applicants must have successfully defended their dissertation prior to the current year's award deadline.  Please note that in the award year an individual or group may only submit one paper to one SPSSI award (from amongst the Allport, Klineberg, and Dissertation Awards) and applicants may not submit to the Dissertation Prize twice.


A first prize of $1000 and a second prize of $500 will be awarded to the dissertations that best demonstrate scientific excellence and potential application to social problems.

The application should include:

A 500-word summary of the dissertation.  The summary should include title, rationale, methods, and results of dissertation, as well as its implications for social problems.  Please also include a cover sheet that states the title of your dissertation, your name, postal and e-mail addresses, phone number, and university granting the degree. 


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.  The deadline is May 1st annually. 

All applicants will be notified of their status by July 13th annually. Finalists will be asked to provide:

i) certification by the dissertation advisor of the acceptance date of the dissertation; and

ii) a full electronic copy of the dissertation. 

The final decision will be announced by September 1st annually.

Click here to view previous Social Issues Dissertation Award Winners!