Funding: Russell Sage Foundation Program on Social Inequality

Russell Sage Foundation Program on Social Inequalityth

Sponsor deadline
: January 5, 2016, Letter of Inquiry

The Russell Sage Foundation’s program on Social Inequality supports innovative research on whether rising economic inequality has affected social, political, and economic institutions, and the extent to which increased inequality has affected equality of opportunity, social mobility, and the intergenerational transmission of advantage. We seek investigator-initiated research projects that will broaden our understanding of the causes and consequences of rising economic inequalities in the United States.

Funding is available for secondary analysis of data or for original data collection. We are especially interested in novel uses of existing data, as well as analyses of new or under-utilized data. 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 Foundation encourages methodological variety and inter-disciplinary collaboration. All proposed projects must have well-developed conceptual frameworks and research designs. Analytical models must be specified and research questions and hypotheses (where applicable) must be clearly stated.​

Russel Sage Foundation Research Support

One of the oldest American foundations, the Russell Sage Foundation was established by Mrs. Margaret Olivia Sage in 1907 for “the improvement of social and living conditions in the United States.” In its early years the Foundation undertook major projects in low-income housing, urban planning, social work, and labor reform. The Foundation now 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.

The Russell Sage Foundation is an operating foundation directly involved in the conduct and dissemination of social science research. In its effort to improve the social effectiveness of social research, the Foundation

  • Invites individual scholars and collaborative groups working in areas of Foundation interest to participate in the Foundation’s Visiting Scholar Program to pursue their research and writing projects;
  • Provides support for scholars at other institutions to pursue research projects that advance the Foundation’s research programs;
  • Assures widespread access to the research that the Foundation supports through its own book publishing program;
  • Sponsors special seminars and working groups aimed at developing new topics in social science;
  • Participates in the planning of each study or program as an active partner and reserves the right to publish any resulting manuscripts;
  • Collaborates with other granting agencies and academic institutions in studies of social problems.

How to apply for support from the Foundation