Opportunities for Journalists at RSF

March 30, 2018

Because journalists report on a number of issues relevant to the Russell Sage Foundation—including social and economic inequality, immigration policy, racial bias in policing, and the rise of low-wage and precarious work—the foundation has established two opportunities for journalists: the Visiting Journalist program and the Social Science Summer Institute for Journalists.

Visiting Journalist Program

Visiting journalists who write or report on social, economic, or political conditions in the United States work in residence at the foundation for a duration of of two to three months alongside RSF’s resident visiting scholars who might help inform the development of their projects. Visiting journalists are provided an honorarium, an office at the foundation, computers and software, library access, and limited research assistance. Past visiting journalists have included Nikole Hannah-Jones (New York Times Magazine), Alexandra Starr (NPR), Andrea Elliott (New York Times), and others.

The deadline for applications for a two- to three-month residency during the 2018-2019 academic year (September 1, 2018­–June 30, 2019) is May 1, 2018. Read more and apply.

Social Science Summer Institute for Journalists

The 2018 Social Science Summer Institute for Journalists will be held between Wednesday, July 11–Friday, July 13 at RSF’s New York City headquarters. Now in its second year, this three-day workshop is organized and led by Nicholas Lemann and Tali Woodward (Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism). The program aims to teach journalists how to locate the best available social science research on their topics quickly, how to identify and interact fruitfully with leading experts, and how to read academic publications for their journalistic relevance. Most participant costs during the workshop, including accommodation, meals, and economy-class travel expenses, will be covered directly or reimbursed by the foundation.

The deadline for applications is April 20, 2018. Read more and apply.


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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