Application Deadlines

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Core Research Grants (Core Programs and Special Initiatives)

Funding Guidelines for July 24, 2024 Deadline

RSF will accept letters of inquiry (LOIs) under all of its core programs and special initiatives: Behavioral Science and Decision Making in ContextFuture of Work; Immigration and Immigrant Integration; Promoting Educational Attainment and Economic Mobility among Racially, Ethnically, and Economically Diverse Groups after the 2023 Supreme Court Decision to Ban Race-Conscious Admissions at Colleges and Universities; Race, Ethnicity and ImmigrationSocial, Political, and Economic Inequality. It will also accept LOIs relevant to its core programs that address the effects of social movements, such as drives for unionization and mass social protests, and the effects of racial/ethnic/gender bias and discrimination on a range of outcomes related to social and living conditions in the U.S.

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 January 1, 2025.

*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)

July 26, 2023 November 9, 2023 Mar 2024 May 1, 2024
Nov 7, 2023 Feb 21, 2024 Jun 2024 Aug 1, 2024
Apr 16, 2024 Jul 22, 2024 Nov 2024 Jan 1, 2025
July 24, 2024 Nov 6, 2024 Mar 2025 May 1, 2025

Before applying, review our Budget and Eligibility requirements


Pipeline Grants Competition

The next deadline will be in early November 2024


Dissertation Research Grants

The next deadline will be in early February 2025


Fellowships (Visiting Scholars, Visiting Journalists, Visiting Researchers)

Visiting Scholars

Year in Residence Application Deadline Decision
2025-2026 June 25, 2024 (11:59pm ET) December 2024

Visiting Journalists & Visiting Researchers

Only Visiting Researcher applications will be considered for the May 7, 2024 deadline. The Foundation will not be accepting Visiting Journalist applications in 2024.

For Residency Between Application Deadline Decision
September 2024 - June 2025 May 7, 2024 (2pm ET/11am PT) June 2024


Summer Institutes



RSF Journal




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.


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