The Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) is inviting applications for Social, Political and Economic Inequality Program to support innovative research on the factors that contribute to social, political, and economic inequalities in the U.S.
The Foundation seeks innovative investigator-initiated research that will expand their understanding of social, political, and economic inequalities and the mechanisms by which they influence the lives of individuals and families. They welcome projects that explore the relevance of economic, racial, ethnic, age, gender, immigration, residence, or other statuses for the distribution of social, political and economic outcomes within and across these groups.
RSF priorities do not include analyzes of health or mental health outcomes or health behaviors as these are priorities for other funders. For the same reason, RSF seldom supports studies focused on educational processes or curricular issues but does prioritize analyzes of inequities in educational entertainment or student performance.
The kinds of questions that are of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Economic Wellbeing, Equality of Opportunity, and Intergenerational Mobility
- Political Institutions and the Policy Process
- Psychological and/or Cultural Changes
- Educational Attainment
- Work, Labor Markets and Occupations
- Children and Families
- Neighborhoods and Communities
- Criminal Justice & the Legal System
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 (eg, 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 apply.
- RSF particularly encourages early career scholars to apply for Presidential grants or their Pipeline Competition. All nationalities are eligible to apply and applicants do not have to reside in the US, but the focus of the proposed research project must be on the US as per their mission.
For more information, visit https://www.russellsage.org/research/funding/social-inequality