Colleges and universities regularly conduct research studies, and you can get paid for your participation. The reason I really like these is because the whole process is very serious — you are almost always paid in cash for your time and the questions are usually very straightforward. Many of these studies are psychological and you usually won’t be asked your opinion of a product or service.
Please note that there are a few of these that will require you to show up in person to do the studies, but I believe that most also send out survey invites via email too. I know I always did them online and don’t recall being asked to physically go anywhere.
There are a few university panels that only offer sweepstakes entries for your time spent (although most pay in cash), but the difference here is that they usually don’t have as many people participating in each study, so your chances of winning are greater. I remember winning $50 from a university study I did about five years ago! I used it to go toward buying a nice stroller for my son.
I have participated in some of these university studies in the past and was paid for my time. Unlike most other survey panels, you probably won’t get invites every single day or even several times a week. With each university panel you’re signed up with, you may get anywhere from one to two survey invites every month or every couple of months. This is just my best guess and things may have changed since I was actively participating in these kinds of studies, but that was my experience with them.
You may find these to be a refreshing change from the types of paid surveys you might be used to taking. Here’s a list of 21 university research panels to get you started. I will be adding these and more to the directory as I find them:
- Vanderbilt University
- Kellogg School of Management (some of theirs are just for sweeps entries. Studies lasting longer than 15 minutes pay $5 to $10 depending on the length)
- Columbia Business School (sweepstakes only)
- Johnson Cornell University
- Kent State University Psychology Research
- University of Colorado at Boulder
- Princeton University Psychology Department
- Carnegie Mellon University
- University of Colorado: Colorado Springs
- Paid Psychology Studies (also through Princeton)
- Brigham Young University
- University of Pennsylvania Psychology Research
- eLab at the Yale School of Management (Prize drawings & payment in Amazon vouchers)
- University of Maryland
- University of Maryland, Robert Smith School of Business (sweepstakes only)
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