**Some programs are limited. Please read solicitations carefully and consult your Office of Research for specifics, such as limited applications through your university and internal application deadlines.**

The Russell Sage Foundation’s (RSF) program on Social, Political, and Economic Inequality supports original research on the factors that contribute to social, political, and economic inequalities in the U.S., and the extent to which those inequalities affect social, political, psychological, and economic outcomes, including educational and labor market opportunities and consequences, social and economic mobility within and across generations, and civic participation and representation.

We seek innovative investigator-initiated research that will expand our understanding of social, political, and economic inequalities and the mechanisms by which these inequalities influence the lives of individuals, families, communities, and the country. We welcome projects that explore the relevance of socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, gender, geographic, immigration or other statuses for the distribution of social, political, and economic outcomes within and across different status groups.

The kinds of questions that are of interest include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Economic Wellbeing, Equality of Opportunity, and Intergenerational Mobility
  • Inequality and Policymaking
  • Political Institutions and the Democratic Process
  • Climate Change and Natural Disasters
  • Neighborhoods and Communities
  • Crime, Criminal Justice & the Legal System
  • Psychological and/or Cultural Changes
  • Educational Achievement and Attainment

Application Deadline: April 16, 2024 (LOI) and July 22, 2024 (Proposal)