2020 Applications will be available soon!



  • Applicant MUST be a SSSS Student Member BEFORE applying for the grant.
  • Applicant MUST be enrolled in a degree-granting program. The research can be a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation, but this is not a requirement. 
  • The Chairperson of your Department MUST submit an email to stating your student status within the institution, and the educational purpose of the research (e.g., dissertation, theses, etc.). Electronic signatures are acceptable. 

Application Deadline: June 1st (of current year)

Grant Award Recipient Notification: Fall (of current year)

Application Instructions: 

Email all four parts of the application in one email, to All documents should be sent as a separate pdf.

Part 1 – Student Research Grant Application: All areas of the form must be completed.

Part 2 – Brief Abstract: Prepare a 150-word abstract of the proposed research. This short abstract will be used by The Society in a summary of all projects submitted, and should stand on its own, apart from the ten to twelve page Abstract Proposal. The title must appear on the Brief Abstract, as well as your name and address.

Part 3 – Biographical Sketch: Prepare a short biographical sketch, suitable for use in The Society’s Sexual Science Newsletter, and/or to introduce the winner of the grant.

Part 4 – Abstract Proposal: Blind Review: Part 4 will be part of the blind review. Please do NOT put your name or name of your institution/professors in any section of Part 4.

Title: The title MUST appear at the top of the abstract.

Abstract: Abstract of the proposed research. (At least ten-pages, double-spaced, with a maximum of twelve pages.)

Bibliography/References: In addition to the abstract, include the bibliography/references to your abstract.

Budget: In addition to the abstract and bibliography/references, prepare a proposed budget for your project. Include other sources of income or funding you received, or will receive.

Helpful Tips: Please try to avoid labeling the research a dissertation or thesis. The abstract should be sufficiently detailed to enable the readers to understand the research question, your hypothesis, methods, and proposed statistical analysis (as applicable).

Student Research Grant Award Recipient Receives: 

  • Student Research Grant Certificate – to be awarded during the following year’s Annual Meeting, when your research is to be presented. (Example: If you’re applying for the grant in 2019, you’ll be asked to attend the 2020 Annual Meeting to receive your certificate, and present your research.) 
  • Up to $2,000 (this includes grant & travel stipend) 
    • $1,000 will be awarded when winner is announced 
    • Up to $1,000 will be reimbursed towards travel to/from the host city, and host hotel accommodations, the year you’re to present your research (see example above).
  • Complimentary SSSS Annual Meeting Registration, the year you’re to present your research (see example above).

Questions? Contact the SSSS Office at, if you have questions regarding the Student Research Grant Application instructions and/or process.