The Russell Sage Foundation is seeking applications for its 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.
For over 25 years, RSF has supported immigration research that has made significant contributions to the study of:
- immigrant integration and inter generational 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. Thus, legal status affects citizen children and spouses as well, with the effects varying with geography due to different state and local laws and institutions.
- 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.
- Trustee Grants are generally capped at $175,000, including 15% indirect costs. Presidential Grants are capped at $35,000 (no indirect costs). PIs may request up to $50,000 (no indirect costs) for a Presidential Grant when the proposed research project has special needs for gathering data (e.g.: qualitative research) or gaining access to restricted-use data.
- Projects are limited to no more than two years.
- 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.
- RSF particularly encourages early career scholars to apply for Presidential grants or their Pipeline Competition.
- For the November deadlines you can apply for either the pipeline grants or their regular research grants but not both.
- 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 their mission.
For more information, visit https://www.russellsage.org/funding/immigration-and-immigrant-integration