One of the oldest American foundations, the Russell Sage Foundation was established by Margaret Olivia Sage in 1907 for "the improvement of social and living conditions in the United States." The foundation dedicates itself exclusively to strengthening the methods, data, and theoretical core of the social sciences as a means of diagnosing social problems and improving social policies.
To advance this mission, the foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry for its Russell Sage Foundation/Carnegie Corporation Initiative on Immigration and Immigrant Integration. Through the initiative, grants of up to $150,000 over one or two years will be awarded in support of innovative research that strengthens the theory, methods, and empirical knowledge of the effects of race, citizenship, legal status, and the interplay of politics and policy on immigrant outcomes. Examples of the kinds of topics and questions of interest include but are not limited to legal status; naturalization and citizenship; mixed-ancestry, ethnic identity, and integration; race, religion, and inequality; and politics, political culture, and public policy.
The foundation is especially interested in novel uses of under-utilized data and the development of new methods for analyzing these data. Proposals to conduct laboratory or field experiments, in-depth qualitative interviews, and ethnographies are also encouraged.
Letters of Inquiry must be received no later than November 26. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by March 12, 2020.
See the Russell Sage Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.