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American Psychological Foundation Wayne F. Placek Grants on Homosexuality and Sexual Orientation

The Wayne F. Placek Grant encourages research to increase the general public's understanding of homosexuality and sexual orientation, and to alleviate the stress that lesbian women, gay men, bisexual women, bisexual men and transgender individuals experience in this and future civilizations. Since 1995, the Placek Fund has granted more than $1 million.

The Wayne F. Placek Grant encourages research that addresses the following topics:

  • Heterosexuals' attitudes and behaviors toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, including prejudice, discrimination and violence.
  • Family and workplace issues relevant to LGBT people.
  • Special concerns of sectors of the LGBT population that have historically been underrepresented in scientific research.

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated on:

  • Relevance to Placek program goals
  • Magnitude of incremental contribution
  • Quality of proposed work (significance, innovation, approach)
  • Applicant's demonstrated scholarship and research competence


Must be either a doctoral‐level researcher or graduate student affiliated with an educational institution of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research organization. Graduate students and early career researchers are encouraged to apply.

Proposal Requirements

Please include the following in single document (not to exceed five pages. one-inch margins, 11-point Times New Roman/Garamond Font, single space): 

  • Goals, relevant background/literature review 
  • Methods (must be detailed enough so that the design, assessments, and procedures can be evaluated) 
  • Anticipated outcomes, significance, and impact 

Additionally, please submit the following documents: 

  • Project timeline (not to exceed one page; typically APF grants are for one year) 
  • Detailed budget and justification (not to exceed one page) 
  • Abbreviated CV (not to exceed five pages)
Application date
1 Mar 2019
America United States Mid-Atlantic
Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Grants available
Award granted
Up to US$ 10.000