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Visiting Scholars Fellowship Program

Fellowships to USA Scholars for Research
and Data Analysis in the Social Sciences

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Russell Sage Foundation (RSF)

Deadline Date:

06/24/21 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Fellowships to USA scholars for a year-long opportunity to carry out high-level research in the social sciences at a New York-based facility. The purpose of this program is to support research that diagnoses social problems and improves social policies in the USA.

Strong preference is given to proposals connected to RSF’s current programs and initiatives, although a few scholars are invited each year whose projects are less immediately relevant to the Foundation’s current activities, particularly if these projects are especially innovative and could potentially lead the Foundation to consider new and promising research directions in the future. Special effort is made to include talented younger scholars and to promote racial/ethnic, gender and disciplinary diversity in each year’s cohort.

The Foundation welcomes groups of no more than three scholars who wish to collaborate on or pursue parallel research projects within an area of common interest. Priority will be given to geographically-dispersed collaborators, where time together would be beneficial to advancing the project. 

Additionally, when individuals apply for a Visiting Scholar fellowship, the foundation's primary criterion during the selection process is the quality of the proposed research project. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178482

Number of Grants:

The Foundation annually awards about 17 residential fellowships.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Scholars are provided with an office at RSF, computer and library facilities, and salary support of up to 50 percent of their academic year salary when unavailable from research grants or other sources (up to a maximum of $125,000 for the full term, or $62,500 for half of the full term). Scholars who reside outside the greater New York City area are provided with a partially-subsidized apartment near the Foundation offices. Child care subsidies are also available for children below the age of 13.

The following people may request more than 50% of their current academic salary (up to a maximum of $125,000) when their employer does not provide sabbaticals to employees in these categories and when funds from other sources are not available: (1) Tenure track faculty within 7 years of having completed a PhD (excluding time off for parental leave); (2) Scholars in non-tenure track research positions (excluding post-doctoral fellows); (3) Researchers at non-profit organizations/government agencies.

Because of the high cost of living in New York City, RSF has established a minimum salary for scholars who are offered a fellowship. Under certain circumstances and conditional on the guidelines above, applicants earning less than $90,000 per year may receive a salary supplement from RSF that is in addition to RSF’s standard 50% contribution. The sum of the supplement and the scholar’s salary would total $90,000 for the fellowship period ($45,000 for one term visitors).

Term of Contract:

Year in Residence: 2022-2023.
Visiting Scholar positions begin September 1st and ordinarily run through June 30th. On rare occasions, scholars visit for only half this period, starting either in September or in February.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All scholar applicants must have a Ph.D. or comparable terminal degree, or a career background that establishes their ability to conduct high-level, peer-reviewed scholarly research. Applicants must be at least 3 years beyond the Ph.D. Doctoral or other graduate students are not eligible to apply. Individuals are allowed a maximum of two visits to the Foundation as a Visiting Scholar—the second visit may not occur within 7 years of the first visit.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: June 24, 2021 (11:59pm ET)

The Foundation makes every effort to notify the applicants as soon as possible. Applicants are typically notified of the decisions of the Trustees by early December.

FAQs: https://www.russellsage.org/how-to-apply/visiting-scholar/faq

Guidelines and Eligibility: http://www.russellsage.org/how-to-apply/visiting-scholar/eligibility-requirements

Deadlines: https://www.russellsage.org/how-to-apply/application-deadlines

Funding Priorities: https://www.russellsage.org/research/categories/requests-proposals

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and apply online: https://rsf.fluxx.io/

For questions about any aspect of the application process or the Visiting Scholar Program in general, please contact Program Director James Wilson at programs@rsage.org.

Russell Sage Foundation
112 E. 64th Street
New York, NY 10065

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