Application Deadlines

Funding Guidelines for July 28, 2021 Deadline

RSF will accept letters of inquiry (LOIs) under these core programs and special initiatives: Race, Ethnicity and ImmigrationSocial, Political and Economic Inequality; and Immigration and Immigrant Integration. In addition, RSF will also accept LOIs relevant to any of its core programs that address at least one of the following issues:

  1. Research on the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting recession in the U.S. Specifically, research that assesses the social, political, economic, and psychological causes and consequences of the pandemic, especially its effects on marginalized individuals and groups and on trust in government and other institutions. Our priorities do not include analyses of health outcomes or health behaviors. RSF seldom supports studies  focused on outcomes such as educational processes or curricular issues, but does prioritize analyses of inequities in educational attainment or student performance. 
  2. Research focused on systemic racial inequality and/or the recent mass protests in the U.S. Specifically, research that investigates the prevalence of racial disparities in policing and criminal justice and their social, political, economic, and psychological causes and consequences; the effects of the current social protest movement and mass mobilization against systemic discrimination; the nature of public attitudes and public policies regarding policing, criminal justice, and social welfare; and the effects of those attitudes in the current political environment.. 

LOIs must include specific information about the proposed data and research design. After peer review, about 15% of those who submit an LOI will receive an invitation to submit a proposal. If you are unsure about the foundation's expectations, we strongly recommend that you review the grant writing guidelines on our website and also view an instructional webinar. Successful proposals from this round can have a start date on or after April 1, 2022.


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Research Grants (Core Programs and Special Initiatives)

Core Programs:
Behavioral Economics = BE | Future of Work = FOW | Race, Ethnicity and Immigration = REI | Social, Political and Economic Inequality = SPEI

Special Initiatives:
Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context = DM | Immigration & Immigrant Integration = III

*ALL applications (LOIs & Proposals) are due by 2pm ET/11am PT

Letter of Inquiry Deadline Invited Proposal Deadline Funding Decision

Grant Start Date (on/after)

November 11, 2020* Mar. 10, 2021* Jun. 2021 Jul. 1, 2021
May 4, 2021*  Aug. 11, 2021* Nov. 2021 Dec. 1, 2021
July 28, 2021* SEE GUIDELINES ABOVE Nov. 17, 2021* Mar. 2022 Apr. 1, 2022
November 10, 2021* (SPEI, FOW, BE, DM) TBA Jun. 2022 Jul. 1, 2022

Before applying, review our Budget and Eligibility requirements.

Fellowships (Visiting Scholars, Visiting Journalists, Visiting Researchers)

Visiting Scholars

Year in Residence Application Deadline Decision
2022-2023 June 24, 2021 (11:59pm ET) December 2021

Visiting Journalists & Visiting Researchers

For Residency Between Application Deadline Decision
September 2022 - June 2023 May 2, 2022 (2pm ET/11am PT) June 2022

Small Grants

Behavioral Economics: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

RSF Journal

There are no open calls for applications at this time.

Summer Institutes

Pipeline Grants Competition

The next deadline will be in Fall 2021, date TBD 

Targeted Competitions

Improving Education and Reducing Inequality in the United States

The deadline is April 29, 2021



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