Travel Fund Awards

The Erwin O. Smigel Award Committee announces funds available for Unemployed and Underemployed Sociologists to participate in the 2018 Annual Meeting, August 10-12, 2018, Philadelphia, PA.

The Erwin O. Smigel Award was established in 1975 to provide assistance to unemployed and underemployed sociologists. Applicants should be sociologists with an advanced degree who are not full-time students and who are not fully employed. Erwin O. Smigel was a professor and Chair of Sociology at New York University, and the author of The Wall Street Lawyer as well as other works. He was the second editor of Social Problems; serving from 1958-61. He was also a friendly and good humored man who supported colleagues exceptionally well. The fund was established in Erwin’s honor the year he passed away

Erwin O. Smigel Award Guidelines: 1) the Smigel Award monies are to be used to help pay for three or four unemployed or severely underemployed sociologists’ transportation to and registration fees for the SSSP meeting; 2) applicants must be SSSP members who are presenting a paper at the main SSSP meeting (rather than at an adjacent workshop or meeting) or participating as a SSSP elected or appointed officer or committee member; 3) a maximum of $500 dollars is to be granted to any one recipient.

Only complete online applications will be reviewed.  An online application must be submitted no later than March 15, 2018 and will be automatically sent to:

Dr. Julie A. Mikles-Schluterman, Chair
Erwin O. Smigel Award Committee
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The Lee Scholar Support Fund Committee announces funds available for Foreign Scholars to participate in the 2018 Annual Meeting, August 10-12, 2018, Philadelphia, PA.

The Society for the Study Social Problems established the Lee Scholar Support Fund to help bring non-US based foreign scholars to the SSSP Annual Meeting.  The specific purpose is to facilitate scholarly participation by persons engaged in research related to social problems and social struggles.  More generally, the purpose of this fund is to help globalize cooperative relations among persons and organizations engaged in applying social scientific findings to confront social problems and create social change.  Consistent with past practice, preference may be given to applicants from economically disadvantaged countries who without these funds would be unable to attend the SSSP Annual Meeting.  Preference will be given to applicants who have not received support from the Lee Scholar Support Fund Committee before.

Only complete online applications will be reviewed.  An online application must be submitted no later than March 15, 2018 and will be automatically sent to:

Dr. Jay Borchert, Chair
Lee Scholar Support Fund Committee
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The Lee Student Support Fund Committee announces funds available for Undergraduate and Graduate Students to participate in the 2018 Annual Meeting, August 10-12, 2018, Philadelphia, PA.

In recognition of Al Lee’s commitment to social justice and his history of critical contributions to the Society for the Study of Social Problems, SSSP established the Lee Student Support Fund.  The fund provides up to $500 in travel support (transportation costs only) for undergraduate and graduate student conference participants.  Awards are allocated by the committee.  In addition to need, the committee may recognize the Society’s commitment to diversity, the applicant’s commitment to scholar-activism, and interdisciplinary work among other factors.

Only complete online applications will be reviewed.  An online application must be submitted no later than March 15, 2018 and will be automatically sent to:

Dr. Meghan G. McDowell, Chair
Lee Student Support Fund
E-mail:

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