Application Deadlines

New Funding Guidelines for May 21 Deadline

Because of the effects of COVID-19 on all facets of American life, the Russell Sage Foundation is changing its immediate priorities for letters of inquiry for the May 21, 2020, deadline. For this deadline, RSF will only consider LOIs that satisfy at least one of the following criteria:

(a) The research is so timely and time-sensitive that the project must start before April 1, 2021;


(b) the research analyzes social, political, economic, or psychological disruptions resulting from the coronavirus crisis that affect social and living conditions in the United States.

All LOIs must focus on issues related to the foundation’s core program areas and special initiatives: Behavioral Economics; Decision-Making and Human Behavior in Context; Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; Social, Political, and Economic Inequality.

Any LOIs submitted for the May 21 deadline must include an appendix of one or two pages that explains why the proposed research meets either or both criteria. This appendix does not count against the usual page limits for LOIs.

RSF will accept LOIs in all programs and special initiatives for the August 5, 2020 deadline, with funding decisions made at the March 2021 board of trustees meeting, according to its usual guidelines.


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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
November 26, 2019*
Accepting: SPEI / FOW / BE / DM
March 12, 2020* June 2020
May 21, 2020*
August 17, 2020* November 2020
August 5, 2020*
Accepting: BE / DM / FOW / REI / III / SPEI
November 19, 2020* March 2021

Before applying, review our Budget and Eligibility requirements.

Fellowships (Visiting Scholars, Visiting Journalists, Visiting Researchers)

Visiting Scholars

Year in Residence Application Deadline Decision
2021-2022 June 25, 2020 (11:59pm ET) December 2020

Visiting Journalists & Visiting Researchers

For Residency Between Application Deadline Decision
September 2020 - June 2021 May 1, 2020 (2pm ET/11am PT) Mid-June 2020

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 2020.

Targeted Competitions

Improving Education and Reducing Inequality in the United States

The next call for proposals is expected to be released in Fall 2020.



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