International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health

ISSWSH Research Grant Program

The ISSWSH Call for Applications is closed.

The International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH) proudly announces it’s first-ever "ISSWSH Scholars in Women's Sexual Health Research Grant Program”.   This Research Grant Program is a new ISSWSH member benefit.

This novel and unique program offers young investigators interested in qualified research in women's sexual health the opportunity to obtain funding from ISSWSH to support their research.  It is our hope that this new ISSWSH Scholars in Women's Sexual Health Research Grants Program will encourage ISSWSH members who mentor young researchers to become interested in women's sexual health research and make it a focal point of their young careers.  This will be a new member benefit for mentors to help their mentees, and in turn hopefully encourage their students to eventually join ISSWSH.  This concept fits perfectly with the mission of ISSWSH as a multidisciplinary, academic, and scientific organization whose purposes are: to provide opportunities for communication among scholars, researchers, and practitioners about women's sexual function and sexual experience; to support the highest standards of ethics and professionalism in research, education, and clinical practice of women's sexuality; and to provide the public with accurate information about women's sexuality and sexual health.

Deadline for applications:

Friday, December 16, 2016

Acceptances will be announced:

ISSWSH Annual Meeting (visit site)


$5000 each


Funding is available for undergraduate, graduate or medical students, residents in graduate medical education training programs, and post-doctoral/post-residency fellows whom ISSWSH members are mentoring. International grant applications are encouraged. 

Women's sexual health is a multi-disciplinary field that impacts almost every aspect of human endeavor. We encourage applications from aspiring researchers representing diverse backgrounds including but not limited to: anatomy, education, genetics, geriatrics, gynecology, internal medicine, molecular biology, physical therapy, physiology, psychiatry, psychology, public health, social work, urology and endocrinology.

Grant recipients will be required to submit abstracts based on their research to an upcoming ISSWSH Annual Meeting. 

Recipients are further encouraged to submit a manuscript with their results for publication in an official ISSWSH Journals: The Journal of Sexual Medicine, Sexual Medicine or Sexual Medicine Reviews.

Application Process and Instructions:
  1. Complete the Grant Application Form.
  2. Research Project Abstract (half-page limit) - Summarize the background, key objectives, and potential impact of the project.
  3. Research Project Description - divided into these sections (see below for page limits):
    1. Specific Aims and Hypotheses - address the aims of the research and scope of grant.
    2. Background & Preliminary Data - Describe the background of the problem being addressed. Any data supporting your hypothesis or the feasibility of the proposed experiments.
    3. Experimental design - Outline the proposed investigation including expected results, potential problems and alternatives that may be encountered.
    4. Significance - Describe the significance of the project and its impact to the field of women’s sexual health.
    5. Timeline - Include an estimated time to complete the proposed study.

*** Undergraduate or medical school level students should submit a 2-page proposal while a graduate student, resident or post-doctoral fellow should submit a 4-page proposal. Use Arial font in 12-point format, one inch margins and the page limits exclude references. ***

  1. Budget - Provide a one page detailed and itemized budget; please note that salary and travel costs are ineligible costs. If additional support is required, please have mentor confirm the funding is available in their letter of support.
  2. Career Development Plan - One-page career development plan to address prior research experience, as well as research interests and career goals related to future endeavors in women's sexual health.
  3. Letters of support - One letter of support from faculty mentor who is must be an ISSWSH member as well as two additional letters of recommendation.

Applications will be evaluated by expert clinician-scientists and researchers in women’s sexual health using the NIH review criteria and scoring system, and announced at the ISSWSH Business Meeting during the annual meeting.

For more information, please contact the ISSWSH Executive Office.