Call for Applications – Russell Sage Foundation Research Grants

August 21, 2019


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) when the proposed research project has special needs for gathering data (e.g.: qualitative research) or gaining access to restricted-use data. Budget amounts are over a two-year period.


The Russell Sage Foundation encourages methodological variety and inter-disciplinary collaboration, but all letters of inquiry and proposals must have well-developed conceptual frameworks and research designs. Analytical models must be well-specified and research questions and hypotheses (where applicable) must be clearly stated. Grants are available for research assistance, data acquisition, data analysis, and investigator time for conducting research and writing up results. The Russell Sage Foundation encourages early career scholars who are new to the foundation to apply for Presidential Grants. 

We are especially interested in novel uses of existing data, as well as analyses of new or under-utilized data, to answer emerging or long-standing questions of interest in the foundation’s program areas and special initiatives. Proposals to conduct laboratory or field experiments, in-depth qualitative interviews, and ethnographies are also encouraged. Smaller projects might consist of exploratory fieldwork, a pilot study, or the analysis of existing data.


The Russell Sage Foundation has 3 funding cycles per year and only considers proposals that are invited following review of an initial letter of inquiry (LOI). Funding priorities for LOIs due August 21 include Future of Work, Behavioral Economics, Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context, Immigration and Immigrant Integration, and Computational Social Science. 

Application and more details can be found on the Russell Sage Foundation website.