The deadline to apply for the 2024 Erwin O. Smigel Award was March 15, 2024. Check back this fall for the 2025 application procedures. See below for general information.   


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. The award is based on need and retirement alone is insufficient justification for financial need. While retired applicants are eligible to apply, as with all applicants, they must demonstrate financial need. 

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.


1) the Smigel Fund monies are to be used to pay for three or four unemployed or severely underemployed sociologists’ transportation to and registration fees for the SSSP annual meeting (students must apply to the Lee Student Support Fund, international scholars from the Global South must apply to the Transnational Initiatives Fund, and non-U.S. based international scholars from politically, economically, and culturally oppressed groups in countries not considered part of the Global South must apply to the Lee Scholar Support Fund);

2) applicants must be 2024 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.

Applicants may only apply to one travel fund.


The application deadline for travel funds to attend the 2024 Annual Meeting was March 15, 2024.

Please address all questions to:

Dr. Krista Brumley, Chair
Erwin O. Smigel Award Committee