Jack Shand Research Grants

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A generous bequest from Jack Shand, a long–term member of SSSR until his death in 2001, has made it possible for SSSR to offer Jack Shand Research Grants to support research in the social scientific study of religion.

For 2021, SSSR Council allocated $45,000 to this program. As part of our commitment to racial equality, 2021 Jack Shand Research Funds will support projects on racial, ethnic, and religious minority groups. While individual grants do not ordinarily exceed $5000, it is possible to make a special request for more, to be considered at the committee's discretion. Applicants must have finished the Ph.D. degree and must be members of SSSR. In the case of co–authored requests, one author must be a member. Intellectual merit is the criterion by which proposals will be evaluated.

Individuals are expected to use the Jack Shand award for expenses connected with their research. SSSR prioritizes applications that support direct research expenses. Shand Award funding is transferred to the principle investigator’s university unless other arrangements are made. Please note that SSSR does not allow for any indirect cost recovery. 

All applications must be submitted via the online submission form, which is accessible through the link at the top of this page. Applications emailed to the committee chair or executive office will not be accepted. A Shand Research Grant application must include a project proposal (up to 4 pages, single-spaced), budget (expenses with descriptions/justifications), and the principle investigator’s curriculum vitae in PDF format. The deadline is May 1, 2021.

Funding decisions will be made by August 1, 2021.


Khari Brown, Chair (Email)

Gary Adler

Ani Sarkissian

Tulasi Srinivas


Amy Adamczyk (City University of New York) “The Role of Religion in Shaping Cross-National Abortion Perspectives: A Focus on China.”

David Buckley (University of Louisville) and Steven Brooke (University of Wisconsin), “Studying Security Service Responses to Religion in the Philippine Drug War.”

C. Lynn Carr (Seton Hall University), “Shiva in a Jewish Reconstructionist Community.”

Isabel Castillo (Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez), “Evangelicals and the repoliticization of religion: Chile’s constitutional process in comparative perspective.”

Melinda Denton (University of Texas, San Antonio), “Still Divided by Faith? Exploring the Shift in Racial Attitudes among Evangelicals.”

Michael Elliot (Towson University), “Unmasking the Sacred in Popular Culture: A Social Scientific Study of Devotion in Comic-Con Fan Communities.” 

Michael Horvath (Cleveland State University), “Who Forgives Whom? The roles of transgressor religiosity, victim religiosity, and apologies.”

Mirjam Künkler (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences), “Religious Family Law and Women’s Rights: A multi-country historical perspective.”

Matt Lowe (University of British Columbia), “Religion and Social Order: Evidence from the Welsh Revival of 1904-05.”

Samaneh Oladi Ghadikolaei (Virginia Commonwealth University), “In Search of Divine Justice: Iranian Women’s Sacred Activism.”