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Hebl Grant for Reducing Gender Inequities in the Workplace

This annual grant will be given to a graduate student who is conducting a gender-related research project for his/her master’s thesis or a doctoral dissertation, with the intent of assisting the graduate student with completion of the project.

General Procedures and Policies

An overarching goal of bestowing this grant is to support and encourage students in pursuing excellence in gender-related research and scholarship.

In order to encourage wide participation and a large variety of individuals and institutions involved in the program, an individual can only be involved in one proposal per review cycle per grant. In addition, individuals who received a Hebl grant within the last 2 years are ineligible.

Guidelines for Proposal Budgets

It is the explicit policy of the Hebl Grant for Reducing Gender Inequities in the Workplace that grant funds may not be used for overhead or indirect costs. In the committees’ experience, most universities will waive overhead and indirect costs under two circumstances: (a) the grant is relatively modest in size, and/or (b) the awarding institution (i.e. SIOP Foundation) does not allow it. If the above statement disallowing funds to be used for overhead is insufficient, the chair of the awards subcommittee will provide additional documentation and evidence explicitly recognizing this policy.

The Hebl Grant for Reducing Gender Inequities in the Workplace can be used in conjunction with other funding for a larger scale project. If this is the case, the proposal should describe the scope of the entire project, the entire budget, and the portion of the budget for which grant award money will be spent.

Size of Grant

The maximum grant amount for the Hebl Grant is $3,000.

Criteria for Grant

Applications must:

  • Be proposed by a graduate-level student in any country in I-O Psychology, Organizational Behavior, Human Resources, or some closely aligned specialty to support a master’s thesis or dissertation research. A letter from the student’s advisor or committee chair stating that the research project has been approved must be submitted during the application process, and the project should be ongoing at the time the grant is awarded. Postdoctoral students and faculty members are not eligible.
  • Focus on extending and broadening theoretical and empirical knowledge of gender-related issues. Preference will be given, in particular, to projects that focus on reducing the inequities that women face within or in attempting to enter the workforce in the U.S. or in any other country or globally.
  • Create a solid connection between research and practice such that the project itself is applied or it has notable practical ramifications for organizations seeking to improve the work experiences of their employees.
  • Have a sound basis in science and practice such that the project exemplifies technical adequacy (including issues of internal and external validity), appropriate methodology, appropriately planned statistical analyses, theoretical rigor and soundness, and demonstrable application.

Evaluation Factors

  • Theoretical foundation: Extends and broadens theoretical knowledge of gender-related issues.
  • Empirical foundation: Extends and broadens empirical knowledge of gender-related issues.
  • Scope and purpose: Focus on reducing inequities faced by women.
  • Applied significance: Solid connection between research and practice. Clear practical implications for organizations.
  • Technical adequacy: Methods appropriate for the research questions(s) under investigation. Careful consideration of internal and external validity.

Administrative Procedures

  1. Nomination materials will be reviewed by an Awards subcommittee that consists of a minimum of three current SIOP members. At least 2 of the subcommittee members must have diversity-related expertise. Diversity of all types is encouraged, including non-U.S. based members.
  2. No active member of the subcommittee will be eligible for a grant.
  3. The Awards subcommittee may decide that, in any given year, no applicant is deserving of the grant, in which case the grant may be withheld.


All grant recipients will be required to deliver a final report to the SIOP Foundation within 1 year of the date of the award. Awardees should be aware that a synopsis of their research will be placed on the SIOP Web site. This synopsis will be of such a nature so as not to preclude subsequent publication of the research. It is strongly encouraged that the results of the research be submitted for presentation at the annual SIOP conference. Finally, the recipient should acknowledge funding from the SIOP Foundation in any resulting publication or presentation.

Format of the Proposal

The proposal should adhere to accepted formatting guidelines (e.g., APA guidelines) and should include the following sections:

  1. Abstract
  2. Literature review and rationale for the project
  3. Method—including information about the sample, measures, data collection strategies, and analytical strategies
  4. Implications for both academicians and practitioners
  5. Budget and justification for expenditures of the grant funds

Proposals should not exceed 10 pages of text (not including references, tables, and appendices). The proposal should be double spaced and use a 12-point font and 1” margins. The proposal must be a single document, either a Word document or a .pdf file.

All awarded authors will need to certify, by signature or other means, that the research will be carried out in compliance with ethical standards with regard to the treatment of human subjects (e.g., institutional review board or signed statement that the research adhered to the accepted professional standards regarding the treatment of human subjects).

Updated: 12 April 2018