The Russell Sage Foundation is the principal American foundation devoted exclusively to research in the social sciences. The foundation serves as a research center for academics and journalists, a funding source for studies by scholars at other academic and research institutions, and an active member of the nation’s social science community. The foundation also publishes books and a journal that derive from the work of its grantees and visiting scholars.
Funding Innovative Social Science Research
RSF funds research projects in four principal programs—Behavioral Economics; the Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; and Social Inequality—and in a number of special initiatives. RSF also hosts working groups that develop and cultivate original social science research in new or understudied fields.
Visiting Scholars, Researchers, and Journalists
The foundation’s Visiting Scholar Program, first established over thirty years ago, is a unique opportunity for social scientists to pursue research projects that investigate essential questions on social, economic, and political life in the United States while in residence at RSF. The program fosters the exchange of ideas in a vibrant interdisciplinary environment and promotes collaborations between researchers.
The foundation has also established shorter term residencies for Visiting Researchers and Visiting Journalists who work alongside RSF’s visiting scholars on projects related to the foundation’s principal research areas.
Under its own imprint, the foundation publishes books that derive from the work of its grantees and visiting scholars. RSF publications have been the recipients of prominent book awards in the social sciences and are regularly featured in the media.
In 2015 the foundation launched a peer-reviewed, open-access academic journal, RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, that brings together original empirical research articles by both established and emerging scholars.