Paid Research Opportunities

Paid research opportunities are a great way to earn some extra money while helping to advance knowledge in a variety of fields.

LGBTQ-Focused Research

Historically, the LGBTQ community has been an under-researched population. Due to gaps in knowledge, today many researchers want to learn from LGBTQ subjects, including from LGBTQ college students. There are many paid research opportunities in this area. Below are some current opportunities:

LGBTQ+ Perceptions of Marriage

Are you a member of the LGBTQ+ community? Join a study on LGBTQ+ young adults. Participants will be asked to participate in an interview (approx. 1 hour) about their perceptions of and desire for marriage. To be eligible, you must be between the ages of 18-25 and identify as LGBTQ+. If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact Shelby Frye at

LGBTQ+ Group Trauma Recovery Art Therapy

OSU's College of Social Work is developing a group art-therapy childhood trauma reprocessing intervention for LGBTQ+ identifying adults. The goal of the intervention is to reduce post-traumatic stress symptoms and create strength-based personal narratives using collages. Participants may qualify if they are 18–28 years of age, identify as LGBTQ+, have experienced childhood trauma (broadly defined), and have had less than 6 months of trauma recovery therapy. Participation involves attending four weekly group art therapy sessions over the course of a month, each lasting an hour and a half. Participants will be compensated with a Target gift card. To determine eligibility for the study, please fill out this form. If you have any questions, please contact our researchers at and

Intimate Experiences of Queer Men of Color

Senior thesis research at Washington University. Research description: I am seeking to interview college-aged cisgender queer men of color (Asian, Black, Latino, or Indigenous), preferably ages 18-23, enrolled at American colleges and universities. The purpose of this study is to better understand the intimate experiences of queer men of color in casual or serious intimate relationships with other men. All participants receive a $20 gift card for their time. Sign up or email the researcher, Ranen Miao, for more info.

Are you gay, bi, or a man who has sex with men (GBMSM) living in the US, 18+ years of age and currently use Grindr?

The University of California, Davis is running an IRB-approved study looking at why GBMSMs use Grindr. This study will allow researchers to better understand people’s beliefs about and attitudes towards online geospatial dating applications like Grindr. Participants in this study have the opportunity to win one of four (4) $100 Amazon gift cards. Learn more about the study and participate or email the researcher, Brian Aitken, for more info.

Food Impression Brain Imaging + Text Message Study

Researchers at Ohio State are interested in learning more about how individuals perceive food and make decisions about what to eat. Your participation will require one visit to the OSU campus, where we will assess your brain function using a magnetic resonance imaging scanner. The study will be at the Department of Psychology on the OSU campus. The entire study session will last approximately 2-2.5 hours. After the scan, you would complete 1 week of answering surveys throughout the day on your phone. Should you be ineligible for the study or choose not to participate, all information you give us will be destroyed to ensure confidentiality. You will be compensated $30-40 for your participation in the in-lab portion of the study. Additionally, you will earn up to $93.50 for the text message survey portion of the experiment, depending on the number of surveys you complete. If you are interested, please fill out the brief questionnaire below to determine if you are eligible to participate:

Stayin’ Alive: Examining the Moderating Effect of Suicide Resilience on the Relationship Between Sexual Minority Stress and Subjective Well-Being in College Students.

Researchers at University of Northern Colorado are in resilience experiences of sexual minority college students (e.g., those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, etc.). As a participant in this research, you will be asked to complete an anonymous web-based questionnaire. The items will provide you with an opportunity to describe your sexual identity, resilience to suicide, and your overall satisfaction with life using several rating scales. The questionnaire will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. You must be age 18 or older, identify as a sexual minority, and be enrolled at least half-time as a college student, and be living in the United States. You will also be sent a separate link to provide your email address is you choose to be included in a drawing for one of four $20 Amazon gift cards as incentive for participation in this study. Link to survey:

TNGE BIPOC Discrimination and Mental Health Study

Are you a transgender, nonbinary, or gender-expansive BIPOC individual? Consider participating in a 15-20 minute survey about your mental health experiences. You can visit to complete a brief 5-minute screening form to learn if you are eligible for the study. Once you complete the screening form, the PI (Álvaro Gamio Cuervo) will reach out via email to inform you of whether you are eligible to participate in the 15-20 minute cross-sectional survey. Here you will be asked questions about a range of topics (i.e., demographic information, discrimination, trauma, and suicidal ideation). During that survey, you will be able to opt into a raffle for a $50 Amazon gift card. 

Higher Ed Period Product Access Survey for Transgender, Nonbinary, and Gender Non-Conforming Students

Researchers at the University of Michigan are working to learn about transmasculine, non-binary, and gender non-conforming (TNG) higher education students' experiences with period poverty and accessing period products on their school campus. If you are 18+, attending higher education in the United States (college, university, trade school), and a person who menstruates or has menstruated in the past AND who does NOT identify as a cisgender woman, you are eligible to participate in our short survey! Your participation will help us learn how to improve period product access for TNG individuals across the country! Click HERE to get started. If you have any questions about the survey, please reach out to or

OSU Medical Center Research

Research study volunteers are essential in shaping the future of medicine. Research studies are looking for volunteers just like you. Both healthy volunteers and participants with specific health conditions are needed to help answer important questions impacting the health of our friends and family. You can browse research studies at Ohio State.

OSU Psychology Research

In conjunction with the Department of Psychology at The Ohio State University, research teams are conducting a number of studies investigating topics related to why people think, feel, and act the way they do. You have the opportunity to volunteer to participate in these research studies. The amount of payment will depend on the research study, but will be communicated to you prior to your participation. Learn more and sign up here.

OSU Experimental Economics Laboratory

The Department of Economics at The Ohio State University runs an Experimental Economics Laboratory to study economic decision-making. These experiments are typically paid in cash at the end of the experiment based on your performance. No minimum payment is guaranteed, but most studies pay an average of around $15/hour. Payouts depend on the particular experiment, the choices you make, choices others make, and good or bad luck. Register here to receive invitations to laboratory and internet experiments.