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Small Grants in Computational Social Science (CSS)

Grants to USA Doctoral Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows
for Social Science Research to Improve USA Living Conditions

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Funding Source:

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Russell Sage Foundation (RSF)

Deadline Date:

03/15/19 2:00 PM Eastern Time/11:00 AM Pacific Time


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Grants to USA doctoral students, non-tenured junior faculty, and post-doctoral fellows for research projects in computational social science. Funding is intended for research to improve living conditions in the USA through addressing issues such as race, immigration, and ethnicity; behavioral economics; social, economic, and political inequality; and future of work.

RSF’s initiative on Computational Social Science supports innovative social science research that utilizes new data and methods to advance our understanding of the research issues that comprise its core social science programs in Social Inequality, Behavioral Economics, Future of Work, and Race, Ethnicity and Immigration. Limited consideration will be given to research that focuses primarily on methodologies, such as causal inference and innovations in data collection. We are primarily interested in research that explores and improves our understanding of social, psychological, political and economic outcomes.

For example, can large-scale administrative data linked with other administrative or survey data provide greater insights on educational policies or practices to improve educational or labor market outcomes? Can machine learning techniques used to analyze large volumes of text in greater depth and detail than previously available help shed greater light on questions around inequality, work or immigration? Can data from social media be linked to more structured data to understand social, economic, or political outcomes?

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184931

Number of Grants:

6 - 8

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is a $10,000 lifetime limit for the Small Grants in CSS.

Term of Contract:

RSF restricts the project period to one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be advanced doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, or non-tenured junior faculty members who are no more than two years beyond the receipt of their Ph.D. (or equivalent graduate degree). There are no limitations on the disciplinary background of the researcher.

RSF is particularly interested in promoting diversity (e.g., racial/ethnic, gender, disciplinary) and encourage applications from scholars who are traditionally underrepresented in the scientific disciplines and RSF’s application pool.

No funds may be used to support (1) salary or conference travel for the investigator or co-authors, or (2) the purchase of computer hardware or software. RSF does not allow indirect costs on small grants.

Research grants do not provide funds for:
- Items or equipment such as computers or software; we will consider equipment requests on a case-by-case basis. In no case can more than $5,000 be spent on equipment. RSF does not cover rent for office space.
- Sabbaticals or fellowships at other institutions, even if the PI will be working on an RSF project.
- Release time (course buy-outs) from teaching during the academic year.
- Pre-doctoral or doctoral research (including dissertation research).
- Tuition remission for graduate or undergraduate students.
- Personnel or other costs related to communications or dissemination or publication, including journal publication fees.
- Travel for collaboration purposes or dissemination/presentation of findings (conference travel).
- The development of the data collection instrument and sample design as part of the proposed project.
- Generic costs, such as copying, printing, mailing, phone calls, information/computer services, etc., as these are typically considered to be a part of indirect costs.

Pre-Application Information:

The next application deadline for CSS Small Grants is: March 15, 2019 (2:00 PM Eastern Time/11:00 AM Pacific Time). Decisions will be announced by May 1, 2019.

Allow up to 48 hours for a new account to be approved on the online application portal.

The grant must be administered by the grantee’s university. RSF will pay the entire grant amount upon submission of all completed grant documents.


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