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TLC is excited to play a key role on an innovative new project focusing on the study of gratitude across cultures – particularly in non-WEIRD (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic) populations.  Funded by the John Templeton Foundation, this 3-year multifaceted initiative will focus on the creation of a global network of gratitude researchers,  supported by the development of a new gratitude-focused dataverse, funding opportunities to support novel collaborative projects, and events dedicated to topics in gratitude research.


Expanding upon the success of the TLC Dataverse (TLCDv, est. 2019), this new Global Gratitude Dataverse (GGDv) will offer fresh opportunities for collaboration amongst researchers studying the topic of gratitude.  With cross-cultural studies on gratitude in mind, the new dataverse will focus heavily on bringing together gratitude research from every part of the globe.



Have you collected data that may be able to answer additional research questions?  Are you interested in advancing science and our understanding of gratitude across cultures?  Posting your dataset description to the Global Gratitude Dataverse follows the same quick and simple process as the existing TLCDv, but also includes additional customized metadata focused on this project.
Any dataset containing a measure of gratitude (from one item in a broader emotions measure to more elaborate gratitude interventions) and from any relationship type is eligible.
Click here to learn how to share your dataset description!


The Global Gratitude Dataverse features the same great search capabilities as the TLCDv - filter by construct, population, methods,  relationship type, and more!. 
Click here to search the Gratitude Dataverse for potential collaboration opportunities!


This project will include several funding opportunities for project proposals to use datasets described on the GGDv, with full details to be announced soon. If you’re considering sharing a dataset as part of the GGDv we encourage you to do so during the pre-population phase to take advantage of this early collaboration opportunity!
  • Summer 2024 - Summer funding or a course release for one junior scholar (e.g., Assistant Professor) within six years after receiving a doctorate degree
  • Spring 2024 - Spring 2025 - Up to ten graduate student awards of $10,000 each. These students will be selected from all regions of the world (ideally, 2-3 each from North America; Latin America; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa; and Asia-Pacific) to encourage global representation and collaboration. Students will be encouraged to spend their awards toward summer stipends, workshop fees, and other research-associated costs.
Don’t miss out on these exciting opportunities!  Join our mailing list and be among the first to know!


  • Winter 2022 - Spring 2023
    • GGDv creation
  • Spring  2023
    • Pre-population phase
  • Summer 2023
    • Official launch
    • Virtual Gratitude Summit
    • Funding call opens
  • Winter 2023
    • Funding decisions announced
  • Spring - Summer 2024
    • Funding period begins
Additional events TBD!


TLC will also be hosting a number of gratitude-focused events – click here for information on our upcoming events, and stay updated on future events by joining our mailing list.

Virtual Gratitude Summit: Summer 2023. More details to follow.



In addition to TLC Staff there are a number of collaborators associated with this project: some are associated with the larger overall project, while others will serve on the Gratitude Advisory Board.
Grant Collaborators [names & photos]
Michael E. McCullough, University of California, San Diego, Principal Investigator
Sara B. Algoe, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Project Co-Leader
Nicholas A. Coles, Stanford University, Project Co-Leader
Hillary Lenfesty, Arizona State University, Project Co-Leader
Shigehiro Oishi, University of Virginia, Project Co-Leader
Gratitude Advisory Board [names & photos]
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