The Russell Sage Foundation is seeking applications for the Program on Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration to support innovative investigator-initiated research that examines the roles of race, ethnicity, nativity, legal status —and their interactions with each other and other social categories—in the social, economic, and political outcomes for immigrants, U.S.-born racial and ethnic minorities, and native-born whites.
RSF encourages multi-disciplinary perspectives and methods that both strengthen the data, theory, and methods of social science research and improve the understanding of how to foster the ideals of a pluralist society. Proposals may focus on any one or more of the issues—race, and/or ethnicity, and/or immigration.
RSF prioritizes analyses that make use of newly available data or demonstrate novel uses of existing data. They support original data collection when a project is focused on important program priorities, projects that conduct survey or field experiments and qualitative studies. RSF encourages methodological variety and inter-disciplinary collaboration. Proposed projects must have well-developed conceptual frameworks and rigorous research designs. Analytical models must be well-specified and research methods must be appropriate.
- The kinds of questions that are of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Racial and Ethnic Diversity, Intergroup Relations, and Social Inclusion.
- Immigration Policy and Immigrant Integration Policies.
- The Role of Legal Status in Immigrant Outcomes.
- Social Movements and Responses to Diversity.
- The Politics of Racial and Ethnic Competition and Coalition Building.
- Criminal and Civil Justice in Law Enforcement.
- History, Race, Immigration, and the Law.
- Trustee Grants are generally capped at $200,000. Presidential Grants are capped at $50,000, but PIs may request up to $75,000 when the proposed research project has special needs for gathering data (e.g., qualitative research) or gaining access to restricted-use data, or when the proposal budget includes salary support for multiple assistant professor PIs.
- 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 the Pipeline Competition. For the November deadlines you can apply for either the pipeline grants or the 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 the mission.
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