Jack Shand Research Grants

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 2020, SSSR Council allocated $45,000 to this program. 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.

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), and the principle investigator’s curriculum vitae in PDF format. The deadline is May 1, 2020.

Funding decisions will be made by August 1, 2020.


Prema Ann Kurien, Chair (Email)

Richard Pitt

Gary Adler

Ani Sarkissian


Ruth Braunstein, University of Connecticut: “Religion, Taxpaying, and the Contested Meaning of Political Community in the US”

Andrew Chesnut, Virginia Commonwealth University: “Mexican Mothers: Faith, Femicide, and Family”

Richard Cimino, State University of New York at Old Westbury: “Religious Pluralism and Identity in a Superdiverse Urban Ecology”

Erin Johnston, Stanford University: “Religion and the Gap Year Experience: An Exploratory Study” 

Rachel Kraus, Ball State University: “My Faith in God has Strengthened: Examining Religious and Spiritual Change Among People with Metastatic Breast Cancer”

Mansoor Moaddel, University of Maryland College Park: “Conceptualizing and Measuring Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel” 

Lisa Pearce, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: “Meanings of Motherhood in Sermons” 

Gabriele Ruiu, University of Sassari: “Are There Religious Barriers To Come Out? An Analysis of Same-Sex Marriages in Italy” 

Joseph Yi, Hanyang University: “Korean Evangelical Approaches to Outgroups (North Koreans, LGBT Persons)”