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How to Apply to Be a Visiting Scholar at RSF

The Russell Sage Foundation annually awards up to 19 residential fellowships to selected scholars in the social sciences, who are at least several years beyond the Ph.D. The award allows these Visiting Scholars to pursue their research and writing at the Foundation for periods of up to 10 months. Visiting Scholar positions begin September 1 and ordinarily run through June 30th. Each scholar is provided with an office at the Foundation, research assistance, computer and library facilities, salary support for the academic year of up to $110,000 when unavailable from other sources and, for scholars outside the greater New York City area, a subsidized apartment nearby the Foundation offices.

Application Process and Deadlines

Application to the program can be made by completing a brief questionnaire and writing a four-to-five page letter describing the project to be undertaken while in residence at the Foundation. An up-to-date CV should accompany the letter, but papers and recommendations should not be included. All applications are reviewed by outside experts selected by the Foundation and final decisions are made by a sub-committee of the Russell Sage Board of Trustees. The deadline for applications is September 30th of the year prior to the desired year of residence. Decisions are ordinarily announced in March. Acceptances cannot be deferred to subsequent years.