Fellowships & Scholarships

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) provides a free fellowship and scholarship bulletin for members and non-members to browse for opportunities. Announcements are posted with the newest announcements first. Please remember to contact each institution individually if you would like more information about a fellowship or scholarship listing. SSSP hopes you find this service valuable. 

Fast Funding for COVID-19 Science

Deadline: ASAP

Science funding mechanisms are too slow in normal times and may be much too slow during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fast Grants are an effort to correct this.

If you are a scientist at an academic institution currently working on a COVID-19 related project and in need of funding, we invite you to apply for a Fast Grant. Fast Grants are $10k to $500k and decisions are made in under 14 days. If we approve the grant, you'll receive payment as quickly as your university can receive it.

Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health

Deadline: Open

Pioneering Ideas seeks proposals that are primed to influence health equity in the future. We are interested in ideas that address any of these four areas of focus: Future of Evidence; Future of Social Interaction; Future of Food; Future of Work. Additionally, we welcome ideas that might fall outside of these four focus areas, but which offer unique approaches to advancing health equity and our progress toward a Culture of Health.

We want to hear from scientists, anthropologists, artists, urban planners, community leaders—anyone, anywhere who has a new or unconventional idea that could alter the trajectory of health, and improve health equity and well-being for generations to come. The changes we seek require diverse perspectives and cannot be accomplished by any one person, organization or sector.

Fruit Trees For Your Community

Deadline: Rolling

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF) is an award-winning international nonprofit charity dedicated to planting fruitful trees and plants to alleviate world hunger, combat global warming, strengthen communities, and improve the surrounding air, soil, and water. FTPF programs strategically donate orchards where the harvest will best serve communities for generations, at places such as community gardens, public schools, city/state parks, low-income neighborhoods, Native American reservations, international hunger relief sites, and animal sanctuaries.

Our orchard donations are available for recipients who pledge to care for the trees and utilize them for a charitable purpose. If selected for an orchard donation, FTPF will provide high-quality fruit trees and shrubs, organic soil amendments, equipment, planting volunteers, and on-site orchard design work, horticultural workshops, and aftercare training—with the goal of improving the surrounding environment and providing a source of healthy nutrition for the community. We also help coordinate all aspects of the planting, and offer an educational experience for volunteers interested in learning more about tree planting. Free community arboricultural workshops are also available the day of the planting.

The TD Ready Challenge

Deadline: August 13, 2020

Grants awarded for research in the following areas:

  • That support communities experiencing disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 based on factors such as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and geographic location
  • Where the grant will be used to address impacts of COVID-19 by demonstrating promising approaches to helping build community resilience
  • That align with one or more of the drivers of change of the TD Ready Commitment (Financial Security, Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health)
  • Have wide demographic or geographical in the areas TD operates within across North America
  • Which will use the grant to scale and / or replicate solutions to additional communities or populations (or pilot projects with material evidence of viable success and scalability)
  • Have a clear evaluation and measurement process to track impact
  • Where the organization has not received any funds or grants from TD of $250,000 CAD or $250,000 USD or more from August 31, 2019 through to and including August 31, 2020

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Community-based Approaches to Strengthening Economic Supports for Working Families

Deadline: August 17, 2020

The Community-based Approaches to Strengthening Economic Supports for Working Families initiative will serve low-income working families disproportionately at risk for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), including racial and ethnic minority families. This initiative seeks to determine whether implementation of earned income tax credit (EITC) outreach and education activities in communities at higher risk for ACEs can result in (1) increased EITC receipt and (2) changes in risk and/or protective factors for ACEs. OMH expects projects funded under this initiative to: (1) establish multi-sectoral partnerships to support EITC outreach and education activities in communities at higher risk for ACEs; (2) plan and implement EITC outreach and education activities in communities at higher risk for ACEs; (3) develop and implement a process and outcome evaluation plan; (4) communicate and disseminate findings, successes and lessons learned; and (5) plan for sustainability of successful interventions.

Implementing Sustainable Mental Health Practices in Low-Resource Settings to Achieve Mental Health Equity for Underserved Populations

Deadline: August 25, 2020

This Funding Opportunity Announcement encourages studies that develop and test the effectiveness of strategies for implementation and sustainable delivery of evidence-based mental health treatments and services to improve mental health outcomes for underserved populations in under-resourced settings in the United States. Studies should identify and use innovative approaches to remediate barriers to provision, receipt, and/or benefit from evidence-based practices (EBPs) and generate new information about factors integral to achieving equity in mental health outcomes for underserved populations. Research generating new information about factors causing/reducing disparities are strongly encouraged, including due consideration of the needs of individuals across the life span.

State/Tribal/Territorial Partnership Initiative to Document and Sustain Disparity-Reducing Interventions

Deadline: August 26, 2020

The State/Tribal/Territorial Partnership Initiative is designed to demonstrate if modifications to existing evidence-informed interventions for selected health issues will significantly improve health outcomes for racial and ethnic minority and disadvantaged populations experiencing health disparities. This award is intended to help build the capacity of state, tribal, territorial, and/or local governmental health agencies to achieve two main goals: (1) test modifications to existing public health programs or practices (interventions) to assess if the modified intervention is successful in significantly improving health outcomes for selected health issues; and (2) develop and begin to implement effective plans that will sustain successful interventions after the award period.

Equitable Parks and Green Spaces in Small and Midsize Cities: Planning Grant

Deadline: September 9, 2020

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) seeks an organization (or up to three collaborating organizations) to plan an initiative, which, by influencing policy and systems change, rectifies the inequitable distribution of parks and green spaces in low-income communities and communities of color in urban regions, including small and midsize cities (pop. 50,000–500,000). This work will build on the Foundation’s several years of field learning.

We seek applicants that have experience, expertise, and missions related to elevating equity in decisions, plans, and programs that affect the community conditions in which low income people and people of color live. This includes organizations with experience in community power building, community-led planning and programming, and community-driven decision-making.

We also expect that the applicant team (not necessarily the lead applicant) will possess content knowledge about parks and green spaces and related topics, such as climate resilience. Applicants should have the capacity to implement the planned effort, which will be funded separately.

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William T. Grant Foundation Program: Institutional Challenge Grant

Deadline: September 10, 2020

The award supports research institutions to build sustained research-practice partnerships with public agencies or nonprofit organizations in order to reduce inequality in youth outcomes. Research institutions will need to address four important goals: 1) Build a sustained institutional partnership with a public agency or nonprofit organization that serves young people in the United States. 2) Pursue a joint research agenda to reduce inequality in youth outcomes. 3) Create institutional change to value the partnership and its work. 4) Develop the capacity of the partners to collaborate and use research evidence.

The award will be made to an organization, not to an individual. Organizations can include university-based research institutes, schools, or centers. Grants are limited without exception to tax-exempt organizations. The award is up to $650,000 over 3 years.

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Rural Postpartum Mental Health Challenge

Deadline: September 15, 2020

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is offering a prize competition to address postpartum mental health diagnosis and treatment in rural communities.

Entries should highlight successful or promising programmatic interventions to improve rural postpartum mental health, and models may leverage existing community assets and initiatives or create them. There are two separate categories to apply under, each with specific evaluation criteria: success story category & program proposal category. Five winners will receive $15,000 each for the success story category. Two winners will receive $50,000 each for the program proposal category.

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Program: Linked Standard Research Innovation Grants

Deadline: September 15, 2020 (LOI)

This grant mechanism is designed to encourage implementation of a common grant protocol at two or more sites. Applicants must provide a compelling rationale for the linked grant (more than availability of a larger sample size), designate who will be responsible for the overall conduct and quality control of the study, designate who will be responsible for the data analyses, and discuss how the work at the various sites will be coordinated.

All AFSP research grants are designed to support research on suicide from a variety of disciplines including psychiatry, medicine, psychology, genetics, epidemiology, neurobiology, sociology, nursing, health services administration, social work, and many others. Grants are not intended to support the development or implementation of prevention programs, educational programs, treatments, or other interventions that do not have a significant research component.

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Solution Focused Brief Therapy Association (SFBTA) Research Award

Deadline September 30, 2020

The SFBTA Research Awards are aimed at fostering the growth of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy by encouraging original research in solution-focused practices, and to support students, faculty, researchers and clinicians who wish to study solution-focused practices. The inclusion of clinicians is an effort to bridge the gap between research and practice in advancing knowledge of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. Award The 2020 SFBTA Research Awards will provide up to $3,000.00 to support ongoing or proposed project(s), funding on individual projects will depend on the number of projects being awarded. Priority will be given to research that supports empirical evidence of SFBT practices, mechanisms of change, meta-analyses on SFBT interventions or other research, which could directly or indirectly investigate the effectiveness of SFBT practices.

Cigna's Healthier Kids for Our Future Mental Health Grant

Deadline: September 30, 2020

Our goal is to supplement existing mental health programming, and help close gaps both within and outside the school environment to address loneliness, anxiety, depression, and suicide prevention. We will fund programs that foster collaboration between stakeholders including school administrators and teachers, clinicians, and local and national nonprofits to address mental health and emotional well-being challenges for children.

Partners are encouraged to leverage one or more of the follow evidence-based programs:

  • Trauma Informed Practices (TIPS)
  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Maternal and Child Health

Deadline: Open Until Filled

The Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is pleased to announce a postdoctoral fellowship in Maternal and Child Health (MCH). This postdoctoral training program provides mentorship and support to enhance fellows’ skills in research, teaching, and curriculum development and prepare fellows for excellence in MCH research and leadership positions in academic institutions. The fellowship offers opportunities for quantitative and qualitative research on domestic MCH topics and programs, such as maternal and early home visiting. We welcome applicants from varied disciplines including, but not limited to public health, social work, psychology, nursing, and medicine. Applicants must be US citizens or hold a permanent resident visa. Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, graduate transcript(s), writing sample, personal statement, and names and contact information for three references to Kristen McCormick at kmccor14@jhu.edu.

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Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Social Work Neuroscience and Clinical Research on Behavioral Health Interventions

Deadline: Applications open until fellowship is awarded

Eric Garland, PhD, Associate Dean for Research at the University of Utah College of Social Work and Director of the Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health Intervention Development, is seeking clinically-trained social work PhD students for a fellowship in social work neuroscience and clinical research on behavioral health interventions. Pre-doctoral fellows will assist in Federally-funded research; faculty at the University of Utah College of Social Work are currently conducting research projects funded by NIH -National Institute of Drug Abuse, NIH-National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, NIH-National Institute on Aging, National Institute on Justice, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and Patient Center Research Outcomes Institute (PCORI). Pre-doctoral fellows will support clinical biobehavioral research on mindfulness as a treatment for chronic pain and prescription opioid misuse at the Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health Intervention Development, which currently oversees more than $17 million in NIH, DOD, and PCORI funded grants. In particular, fellows will help conduct randomized clinical trials (RCTs) and mechanistic research of Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE), a manualized social work intervention for addiction, stress-related conditions, and chronic pain. Click the link for more information.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health

Deadline: Open

Evidence for Action (E4A), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), funds research that expands the evidence needed to build a Culture of Health. A Culture of Health is broadly defined as one in which good health and well-being flourish across geographic, demographic, and social sectors; public and private decision-making is guided by the goal of fostering equitable communities; and everyone has the opportunity to make choices that lead to healthy lifestyles. RWJF’s Culture of Health Action Framework, which was developed to catalyze a national movement toward improved health, well-being, and equity, guides E4A’s program strategy. Preference will be given to applicants that are either institutes of higher education, public entities, or nonprofit organizations that are tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations or Type III supporting organizations. Other types of nonprofit and for-profit organizations are also eligible to apply.

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