American Psychological Foundation Wayne F. Placek Grants

Website: American Psychological Foundation


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.

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 or a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research organization. Graduate students and early career researchers are encouraged to apply.

Student Type
  • graduate
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • International or Other Visa Status
  • Undocumented

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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)
Contact Information

American Psychological Foundation

705 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242

Phone: (202) 336-5843
Fax: (202) 336-5812