The Russell Sage Foundation is pleased to announce a call for applications for the Immigration and Immigrant Integration Grant Program to support innovative research on the effects of race, citizenship, legal status and politics, political culture and public policy on outcomes for immigrants and for the native-born of different racial and ethnic groups and generations.
RSF has supported immigration research that has made significant contributions to the study of:
- immigrant integration and intergenerational mobility,
- political incorporation, and
- the causes and consequences of immigration to new areas of settlement.
This research has shown the significant progress made by immigrants and their children, with immigrants becoming more like the native-born over time, and with second and later generations becoming more like other native-born Americans than their parents were.
Areas of Interest
RSF and the Carnegie Corporation of New York invite proposals for new research that will strengthen the theory, methods and empirical knowledge about the effects of race, citizenship, legal status, and the interplay of politics and policy on immigrant outcomes.
Because of limitations in government statistics, researchers are curating and analyzing data from both public and private sources (e.g., specialized surveys, administrative sources from tax, social security and citizenship and immigration services, as well as social media), and collecting their own data to measure the progress of the foreign-born and their children.
Examples of the kinds of topics and questions that are of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Legal Status: Legal status represents a significant barrier to integration and economic progress, exacerbated by the criminalization of undocumented status and increased deportations since 1996. Many of the unauthorized have lived in the U.S. for at least a decade, and nearly half are the parents of minor children, most of whom are U.S.-born.
- Naturalization and Citizenship: Millions of immigrant residents are eligible to become citizens, but naturalization rates in the U.S. are low compared to similar immigrant-receiving countries like Australia and Canada.
- Mixed-Ancestry, Ethnic Identity, and Integration: A pan-ethnic label and identity (for example, African American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian American) includes many ethnicities, national origins and languages for groups that differ greatly in their economic and social status.
- Race, Religion and Inequality: A recent NAS report on immigrant integration found that patterns of immigrant integration are shaped by race, with black immigrants and their descendants experiencing a slower rate of integration than native-born non-Hispanic whites
- Politics, Political Culture, and Public Policy: Both politics and immigration policies play an important role in American life. To what extent does the treatment of immigrants by the various levels of government (i.e., signaling) affect levels of public support for immigrants and immigration policy?
Trustee Grants are generally capped at $175,000, including 15% indirect costs, over a two-year period. Presidential Awards are capped at $35,000 (no indirect costs). PIs may request up to $50,000 (no indirect costs) when the proposed research project has special needs for gathering data (e.g.: qualitative research) or gaining access to restricted-use data.
- All applicants (both PIs and Co-PIs) must have a doctorate. In rare circumstances, RSF may consider applications from scholars who do not hold a doctorate but can demonstrate a strong career background that establishes their ability to conduct high-level, peer-reviewed scholarly research. Students may not be applicants.
- All nationalities are eligible to apply and applicants do not have to reside in the U.S., but the focus of the proposed research project must be on the U.S. as per the mission.
For more information, visit https://www.russellsage.org/funding/immigration-and-immigrant-integration