Wayne F. Placek Grants

$10,000 to support empirical research from all fields of the behavioral and social sciences on any topic related to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender issues.


Sponsor: APF


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.

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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.

How to Apply

Submission process

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)
Past Recipients
  • Richard Liu, PhD, Brown University 
  • Corey Flanders, PhD, Mount Holyoke College 
  • Shana Cole, PhD, Rutgers University
  • Luis Armando Parra, University of California, Davis 
  • David J. Lick, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Negin Ghavami, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
    "Understanding Disparities in Health and Academics of Ethnically Diverse LGBQ Students in Urban Middle Schools"
  • Rachel Farr, PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  • Robert J. Cramer, PhD, Sam Houston State University

  • Marieka M. Klawitter, PhD, University of Washington

  • Janna Scarborough, PhD, East Tennessee State University

  • Peter Theodore, PhD, Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles

  • T. Andrew Caswell, University of South Florida

  • Bethany G. Everett, University of Colorado, Boulder

2008 (Large)
  • Eden King, PhD, George Mason University

  • Anneliese Singh, PhD, University of Georgia

2008 (Small)
  • Christine Alksnis, PhD, Wilfrid Laurier University

  • K. L. Broad, PhD, University of Florida

  • Valerian Derlega, PhD, Old Dominion University

  • Nicole Rossi, PhD, Augusta State University

  • Tracie Stewart, PhD, Georgia State University

2007 (Investigator Development Award)
  • Mary L. Gray, PhD, Indiana University

  • Elizabeth Suter, PhD, University of Denver and Jody Koenig Kellas, PhD, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

2007 (Large)
  • Jennifer K. Bosson, PhD, University of South Florida

  • James A. Coan, PhD, University of Virginia

  • Lisa M. Diamond, PhD, University of Utah

2007 (Small)
  • Eve M. Adams, PhD, New Mexico State University

  • Timothy J. Bilbarz, PhD, University of Southern California

  • Andrea Carnaghi, PhD, University of Trieste and Anne Maass, PhD, University of Padova

  • Debra A. Hope, PhD, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

  • William A. Jellison, PhD, Quinnipiac University

2006 (Investigator Development Award)
  • Debra J. Broderick, PsyD and Michael F. Steger, PhD, University of St. Thomas

2006 (Large)
  • Abbie Goldberg, PhD, Clark University

  • Elizabeth Ashby Plant, PhD, Florida State University

2006 (Small)
  • Jamie Barden, PhD, Howard University

  • James M. Graham, PhD, Western Washington University

  • Lori Patton, PhD, Iowa State University

  • Sharon Scales Rostosky, PhD, University of Kentucky

  • Meifan Wei, PhD, Iowa State University

  • James L. Werth, Jr, PhD, University of Akron

2005 (Investigator Development Award)
  • Jane Ward, PhD, University of California, Riverside

2005 (Large)
  • Gregory B. Lewis, PhD, Georgia State University

  • Ann Marie Ryan, PhD, Michigan State University

2004 (Investigator Development Award)
  • Leslie E. Cragin, PhD, University of California, San Francisco

  • Michelle R. Hebl, PhD, Rice University

  • Ann M. Ryan, PhD, Michigan State University

  • Melanie C. Steffens, PhD, Universitat Trier

2004 (Large)
  • Glen I. Roisman, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign

  • Joe N. Rollins, PhD, Queens College, City University of New York

2004 (Small)
  • Jessica Fields, PhD, San Francisco State University

  • Thomas M. Lampinen, PhD, British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

  • Sharon Scales Rostoski, PhD, University of Kentucky Research Foundation

  • Esther D. Rothblum, PhD, University of Vermont

  • Leo Wilton, PhD, Binghamton University

2003 (Investigator Development Award)
  • Melanie A. Morrison, PhD, University of Saskatchewan

2003 (Large)
  • Donald P. Haider-Markel, PhD, University of Kansas

  • Bonnie Moradi, PhD, University of Florida

  • Larry Nucci, PhD and Stacey S. Horn, PhD, University of Illinois, Chicago

2003 (Small)
  • Ed de St. Aubin, PhD, Marquette University

2002 (Large)
  • Michael A. Ash, PhD, University of Massachusetts

  • Paisley A. Currah, PhD, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

  • Nilanjana Dasgupta, New School University

  • Robin J. Lewis, PhD, Old Dominion University

2002 (Small)
  • Brian D. Carpenter, PhD, Washington University

  • Ramona Faith Oswald, PhD, University of Illinois

  • Nella Van Dyke, PhD, Ohio State University

2001 (Investigator Development Award)
  • Evelyn Blackwood, PhD, Purdue University

  • Peter J. Hegarty, PhD, College of Staten Island, City University of New York

2001 (Large)
  • Ilan Meyer, PhD, Columbia University

  • Julianne M. Serovich, PhD and Patrick C. McKenry, PhD, Ohio State University

  • Jeffrey Lynn Woodyard, PhD, Stetson University

2001 (Small)
  • Kory Floyd, PhD, Arizona State University 

  • Monika E. Kolodzieg, PhD and Roger D. Weiss, MD, McLean Hospital

  • Stephen C. Wright, PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz

2000 (Large)
  • W. E. Douglas Creed, PhD, Boston College
  • Nilanjana Dasgupta, PhD, New School University
  • Sharon Scales Rostosky, PhD, University of Kentucky
  • Stephen T. Russell, PhD, University of California, Davis

2000 (Small)
  • J. Michael Bailey, PhD, Northwestern University

  • Lisa M. Diamond, PhD, University of Utah

  • Ronald G. Morrow, EdD and Diana L. Gill, PhD, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

  • William P. Norris, PhD, Oberlin College