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The Kinsey Institute 

Alfred Kinsey

John Money, Ph.D.

Dr. John William Money (July 8, 1921–July 7, 2006), internationally known for his work in psychoendocrinology and developmental sexology, defined the concepts of gender role and identity.

His legacy at Kinsey Institute includes the John Money Fellowship and the John Money Collection.

About Dr. Money

Born in Morrinsville, New Zealand, John William Money emigrated to the United States in 1947 and received his Ph.D from Harvard University in 1952. In 1966, Dr. Money founded the Gender Identity Clinic at Johns Hopkins University and started an extensive research program on the psychohormonal treatment of paraphilias and on sex reassignment. Money formulated, defined, and coined the term "gender role" and later expanded it to gender-identity/role (G-I/R). In 1961, he proposed the hypothesis that androgen is the libido hormone for both sexes.

Extending his research from the clinic to clinical history, Dr. Money wrote about the 18th century origins and present consequences of antisexualism in The Destroying Angel: Sex, Fitness, and Food in the Legacy of Degeneracy Theory, Graham Crackers, Kellogg's Corn Flakes, and American Health History (1985). Venuses Penuses: Sexology, Sexosophy, and Exigency Theory (1986) is an anthology of his theoretically significant writings. His publications also cover the philosophy and methodology of science in the practice of clinical psychoendocrinology and sexology, includingUnspeakable Monsters in All Our Lives: The Complete Interviewer and Clinical BiographerExigency Theory and Sexology, and many other monographs.

The Kinsey Institute Library houses Money's lifelong work, including his correspondence, lectures, media interviews and documentaries, as well as books, manuscripts, articles and other writings. Visit the Kinsey Institute Library Catalog to search the John Money Collection.

The John Money Collection

The Kinsey Institute Library houses John Money's lifelong work, including:

  • Professional correspondence (1950-2004)
  • Lectures, presentations, and audiovisual materials (1960s-2004)
  • Articles and clippings (1973-2000), including thousands of reprints and pamphlets on a broad range of sex education and research topics
  • Acientific journals and erotic magazines (1940s-2000)
  • Manuscripts and publications (complete holdings)
  • Scientific, erotic and pornographic journals and magazines (1949-1985)
  • Conference programs and papers, photo albums, and information, and materials relating to sex research organizations and conferences

Visit the Kinsey Institute Library Catalog to search through the John Money Collection online.

The John Money Fellowship for Scholars of Sexology

About the fellowship

Dr. John Money established The John Money Fellowship for Scholars of Sexology in 2002. The fellowship supports graduate students whose scholarly work would benefit from the use of library and archival materials at the Kinsey Institute. Fellows are also expected to contribute to the organization, preservation, and/or accessibility of Kinsey Institute collections. Examples include, but are not limited to the creation of:

  • Annotated bibliographies
  • Collection guides
  • Finding aids
  • Digital presentations
  • Media productions

Award amount
Each recipient of the John Money Fellowship for Scholars of Sexology will receive $3,000 in two payments ($1,500 at the start and end of the fellowship). The fellowship must be used to cover travel, lodging, and research expenses associated with the stated purpose. There can be up to two fellows each year.

Research at the Kinsey Institute
The graduate fellow may stay between four to eight weeks at the Kinsey Institute during the calendar year of the award.  Research for a thesis or dissertation will be acceptable.


  • The fellow is also expected to make a contribution to the organization, preservation, and/or accessibility of Kinsey Institute collections. Examples include, but are not limited to, the creation of annotated bibliographies, collection guides, finding aids, and digital presentations or media productions which highlight or showcase Kinsey Institute collections.
  • Deposit of any digital product of this research at the Kinsey Institute Library
  • Acknowledgement of the John Money Fellowship Award and the Kinsey Institute Library in any form of publication or product
  • 400–500 word written report about the research undertaken at the Kinsey Institute Library and collections

Application process

Applications are encouraged from students from any academic discipline who are enrolled in a graduate program in the United States and whose research interests concern the history, politics, and methodology of sexology and sexuality studies.

  • No U.S. citizenship is required
  • Non-U.S. citizens must be enrolled in a college or university in the United States and have a valid visa for the duration of his/her research at the Kinsey Institute
  • 2017 application deadline is TBD

Application requirements 
Applications must include the following (submit hard-copy materials):

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Reference letter documenting enrollment status
  • Supporting letter from academic advisor or faculty
  • Summary of research interests and objectives (no more than 1,000 words)
  • Proposal for the creation of bibliographical or media products (400-800 words) highlighting and showcasing Kinsey Institute collections

Please mail two sets of application materials to:

Liana Zhou
Kinsey Institute
Morrison Hall 313
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405.

Questions? Email us

John Money Fellows

Current recipients

Ruby Daily (Northwestern University) and Demetrios Psihopaidas (University of Southern California) are the 2016 recipients of the John Money Fellowship for Scholars of Sexology. As a fellow, Daily hopes to show how 20th century sexual identities and networks often formed and diffused within a global "Anglo" culture. Demetrios will review the John Money collection to gain a better understanding how the field of knowledge production about gender transgression first gained a sense of scientific credibility.

Past recipients

  • 2015 Russell Sheaffer (Indiana University) and Julian Gill-Peterson (Rutgers University)
  • 2009 Sarah Lindsley (University of Washington)
  • 2014 Jessica Hille (Indiana University) and Liam Oliver Lair (University of Kansas)
  • 2013 Samantha Allen (Emory University)
  • 2012 Eli Vitulli (University of Minnesota)
  • 2011 Jill Weinberg (Northwestern University) and Anastasia Jones (Yale University)
  • 2010 Bradley Lane (Indiana University)

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