The deadline to apply for the 2021 Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship was April 1. Please check back this fall for information regarding the 2022 Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship.  Please see below for information on scholarship criteria and a list of previous winners.


The Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to an advanced sociology Ph.D. student who began their study in a community college or technical school. A student advanced to candidacy (ABD status) in an accredited Ph.D. program in sociology is eligible to apply if they studied at a U.S. two-year college either part-time or full-time for the equivalent of at least one full academic year that was not part of a high-school dual-enrollment or enrichment program. Students who attended the international equivalent of U.S. two-year college are also welcome to apply.

The Scholarship carries a stipend of $18,000 from Sociologists for Women in Society to support the pursuit of a Ph.D., a certificate from SWS, a $500 travel grant to attend SWS’s 2022 Winter Meeting, a $500 travel grant to attend the SWS 2021 Summer Meeting in 2021 and a one-year complimentary SWS membership (including a subscription to Gender & Society). The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) honors the awardee with a one-year complimentary membership and waived meeting registration for their 2021 Annual Meeting where the awardee will be honored with a plaque at the Awards Ceremony. SSSP also provides a $300 stipend to be used toward travel to the 2021 SSSP Meeting.

Recognizing Beth B. Hess’s significant contribution to the American Sociological Association (ASA), ASA joins SWS and SSSP in honoring the awardee. ASA provides one year of membership, and also a $500 travel award and waived registration for the ASA Annual Meeting.

Review the list of the past winners for the Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship.


To honor Beth Hess's career, the sub-committee will be looking for:

  • Commitment to teaching, especially at a community college or other institution serving less-privileged students.
  • Research and/or activism in social inequality, social justice, or social problems, with a focus on gender and/or gerontology being especially positive.
  • Service to the academic and/or local community, including mentoring.
  • High quality research and writing in the proposal and letter of application.

All else equal, candidates who are already in the writing stage and apparently close to completion will be preferred. While repeat applications are not prohibited, the odds of success are improved by waiting to apply until the applicant is obviously no more than 18 months from defending the dissertation, making the award available to the recipient in the last full year of the Ph.D. program.


The nomination deadline for the 2021 award was April 1, 2021The 2021 award will be presented at the 71st Virtual Annual Meeting, August 4-7, 2021.

Please address all questions to: 

For further information contact Barret Katuna, SWS Executive Officer ( or Sarah Bruch, Chair of the Beth Hess Award Subcommittee (