Dissertation Research Grants

The Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) has established a dissertation research grants (DRG) program to support innovative and high-quality dissertation research projects that address questions relevant to RSF’s priority areas: Behavioral Science and Decision Making in ContextFuture of Work; Race, Ethnicity and Immigration; Immigration and Immigrant Integration; and Social, Political, and Economic Inequality. Proposed projects must be closely aligned with the funding priorities listed on the RSF website for any of these areas, contribute to RSF’s mission to improve social and living conditions in the U.S., and demonstrate appropriate use of relevant theory, innovative data, rigorous research methods, and measures.

In partnership, RSF and the W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research will support dissertation research on employment-related topics in any discipline, with particular interest in policy-relevant research pertaining to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.

Click here to read about our June 2022 Dissertation Research Grantees.
Click here to read about our May 2023 Dissertation Research Grantees.

Application Information
Upcoming deadlines
Eligibility and Guidelines
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Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about applying for a Dissertation Research Grant
DRG Budget Template
Examples of Successful LOIs and Proposals

Advisory Committee Members

Maria Abascal

Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies, New York University

Celeste K. Carruthers

William F. Fox Distinguished Professor of Labor Economics, University of Tennessee

Sarah Halpern-Meekin

Vaughan Bascom Professor of Women, Family and Community and Professor of Human Development & Family Studies, University of Wisconsin

Alexander Hertel-Fernandez

Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University


Heather D. Hill

Professor of Public Policy & Governance, University of Washington



Shinobu Kitayama

Robert B. Zajonc Collegiate Professor of Psychology; Director of the Culture & Cognition Program, University of Michigan

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