Application Deadlines

Funding Guidelines for November 10, 2021 Deadline

RSF will accept letters of inquiry (LOIs) under these core programs and special initiatives: Social, Political, and Economic Inequality; Future of Work; and Behavioral Science and Decision Making in Context. 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 July 1, 2022. Applicants can apply to either the November 10th LOI deadline or the November 4th Pipeline Grants Competition deadline, but not both.


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Research Grants (Core Programs and Special Initiatives)

Core Programs:
Behavioral Science and Decision Making in Context = BSDM | Future of Work = FOW | Race, Ethnicity and Immigration = REI | Social, Political and Economic Inequality = SPEI

Special Initiatives:
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)

May 4, 2021*  Aug. 11, 2021* Nov. 2021 Dec. 1, 2021
July 28, 2021* Nov. 17, 2021* Mar. 2022 Apr. 1, 2022
November 10, 2021* (SPEI, FOW, BSDM) SEE GUIDELINES ABOVE Mar. 9, 2022* Jun. 2022 Jul. 1, 2022
May 4, 2022 (SPEI, REI/III, BSDM) Aug. 9. 2022* Nov. 2022 Dec. 1, 2022

Before applying, review our Budget and Eligibility requirements.


Pipeline Grants Competition

The next deadline will be November 4, 2021


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
2023-2024 June 28, 2022 (11:59pm ET) December 2022

Visiting Journalists & Visiting Researchers

For Residency Between Application Deadline Decision
September 2022 - June 2023 May 3, 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




RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal of original empirical research articles by both established and emerging scholars.


The Russell Sage Foundation offers grants and positions in our Visiting Scholars program for research.


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