The International Society for Self & Identity (ISSI) is pleased to announce the launch of a new mini research grant program aimed at providing research support for current Ph.D. students and people who have received their Ph.D. within the last 10 years in the areas of self and identity, broadly defined.

We will award up to 3 mini grants per year at a maximum of $1000 each. The award funds are to be used to cover research expenses after the fact (i.e., the research does not need to be conducted already, but the grant funds can only be used to reimburse documented, already-paid-for expenses). Examples of appropriate research expenses are participant compensation via online data collection platforms (e.g., MTurk, Prolific), research-related equipment, software, etc. Neither salary- or travel-related expenses can be reimbursed.

Eligibility and application rules:

  1. Must be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program or be within 10 years of receiving your Ph.D. with an academic appointment (non-tenured or tenured, including postdoctoral positions) at an educational institution. Please include your CV with your application.
  2. All applicants must be members of ISSI (membership fees are $10 for students and $20 for faculty)
  3. If you are a Ph.D. student, please submit an email or brief letter from your advisor indicating their acknowledgment and support of the project for which you are applying for research funds
  4. The research project for which you’re requesting funds can be at any stage.
  5. You must send your completed application (see application details below) to ISSI President Serena Chen ( by this year’s deadline of midnight of Thursday, September 30, 2021.

If you have questions about eligibility or the application process, you can direct them to Serena Chen (

Note. Here is the link to become an ISSI member:


All in one file

  • Name, contact information, and institution – please indicate whether a Ph.D. student or indicate your specific academic appointment
  • Brief description of the research project for which funds are being requested (no more than 300 words) – be sure to articulate the main research question/hypothesis of the study, its design and methodology, and planned analyses
  • Relevance and significance of your proposed research to the field of self and identity (no more than 150 words)
  • Brief budget outlining what the research funds will be used to cover (no more than 150 words)

Separate files

  • CV
  • Brief letter of support from your advisor if you are a Ph.D. student


Main criteria for funding are: (a) Soundness of research question, design, and planned analysis; and (b) relevance and significance of research to the field of self and identity.