The awards and submissions listed below are currently open. For questions about these or other awards/submissions, contact SPSP.

In 2017, inspired by discussion during the Increasing Diversity and Inclusiveness symposium at the 2017 Convention, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology launched the Community Building Grant Program.

SPSP members can apply to use these funds in their efforts to develop community and professional development among members of groups currently underrepresented in the field (including gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity and race, disability, and other underrepresented statuses).



SPSP seeks to provide small grants to support personality and social psychologists at all levels. This financial support is intended to assist SPSP members from underrepresented groups in their efforts to develop and host meetings to build community and develop professional skills. Examples could include dinner with an invited speaker, sharing and critiquing job materials, workshopping papers, skills building workshops, building new networks, and other community building activities.


Community Building support is not to be used for individuals to attend the SPSP Convention, preconferences, speaker honorariums, or awards.


Grants may be awarded for an amount up to $2,000. Larger or more formal meetings/conferences should apply for the small conference grant. 



To apply for the Community Building Grant, applicants must be members of SPSP with current membership in good standing at time of application.



Your application will be evaluated based on its unique merit and capacity to promote and grow one of our underrepresented communities (including but not limited to: gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity and race, disability). 


Preference will be given to application that 1) build community (expanding participants’ professional networks) and professional development skills. 2) include activities that develop or build new communities within SPSP, and 3) serve undergraduate students, graduate students, and/or junior scholars. Priority will also be given to applications that are not continuations of formerly funded Community Catalyst Grants though past grantees may still apply.


Rider on Use of Funds

Funds will be made available in one of two ways:

1)     Directly payable to another hosting/sponsoring entity OR the recipient’s university. If this method is chosen, a W9 from the payee will be required. Under this arrangement, SPSP is a sponsor and will not be legally or financially responsible for the conference and no contract should be signed under the auspice of SPSP, Inc.


2)     Funds hosted at SPSP. If this method is chosen, SPSP will be the host of the meeting and will assume contractual responsibility, including financial, legal and tax responsibility. Organizers will maintain control of the program content and will work with SPSP staff on budgets/contracts.

In either payment scenario, if the conference does not occur within 12 months of award, the funds must be returned to SPSP. 


How to Apply

Applications are annually: the deadline is June 1.

The Robert B. Cialdini Prize is a prize for a single outstanding contribution that recognizes the author(s) of a publication that uses field methods and demonstrates relevance to outside groups. It is designed to recognize the publication that best explicates social psychological phenomena principally through the use of field research methods and settings and that thereby demonstrates the relevance of the discipline to communities outside of academic social psychology within a given year.

This prize is intended to encourage work that both uses field methods and settings and has external applicability to outside communities. This prize is not intended for solely laboratory studies that have societal applicability, although reports that incorporate a small number of lab studies in the publication package will not be excluded from consideration if the bulk of the work was completed in the field.

The term “field research methods” is meant to be inclusive of field experiments, and is not limited to correlational or nonexperimental approaches. The term “field research settings” is meant to include naturally-occurring domains in which research participants can expect to find themselves under normal life circumstances and in which they are unlikely to suppose that they are research participants.

Recipients of this prize split a $2400 honorarium and each receive an accompanying plaque, which are presented at the annual Awards Ceremony held at the SPSP Annual Convention. Additionally, recipients receive a complimentary one-year SPSP membership. This prize was endowed by Robert Cialdini through the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology.


  • Eligible papers must have been published in peer-reviewed journals or as book chapters during the calendar year prior to nomination. For example, to be nominated in 2022, the publication must have been printed in calendar year 2021. Papers and chapters still "in press" are not eligible.

Application Requirements

  • Electronic version of the nominated piece (in PDF or .doc format)

  • A bullet-ed list describing how the article fits the criteria

  • If the nominated piece is a chapter and does not contain an abstract, a 150-word abstract must also be included

Deadline for submissions is April 20, 2022  More information on our website.

Questions should be directed to


Society for Personality and Social Psychology