• Welcome to the Social Science Research Council, leader in international social science.

  • SSRC research informs and influences public conversation and policy debates.

  • The SSRC produces high-quality social science both in print and online.

  • Many SSRC fellowships support overseas fieldwork on non-US cultures and societies.

  • SSRC fellowships support the next generation of scholars in doing vital research.

  • The SSRC engages academic and non-academic audiences on public issues.

  • The SSRC assists social scientists in other countries with scholarly resources.

  • The SSRC builds social science research capacity in other countries.

  • The SSRC links researchers from across the globe to study issues on the ground.

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  • Brooklyn is the base from which the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) pursues collaborative research projects with partners all over the world, on topics of pressing global concern. Read more about us.

  • The SSRC publishes quality social science research that informs both academic and public debate. Look at the impact that Measure of America is having on public health campaigns in California.

  • The China-Africa Knowledge Project aims to deepen understanding of China’s new engagement with Africa, connect researchers across disciplines and regions, and situate emergent scholarship within broader scholarly and policy discourses. 

  • Marnie Thomson explores the fields of Makere village, just outside Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania, as part of her SSRC-sponsored fieldwork for the International Dissertation Research Fellowship. 

  • Fellows in the early stages of their graduate career at universities in the United States and South Africa convene at Bryn Mawr College for the Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program Summer Conference.

  • The African Peacebuilding Network promotes independent African peacebuilding knowledge, connecting African researchers, policy analysts, practitioners, and networks with each other and with policymaking communities around the world.

  • As a result of an SSRC-led collaboration between U.S. and Cuban researchers, scholars and the public now have access to Ernest Hemingway’s Cuba papers. Read more about the Hemingway Document Preservation Project.

  • A Vietnamese doctor speaks to SSRC executive director Mary McDonnell about the challenges his health center faces in providing primary health care, the subject of an SSRC-led study. Read more about the Vietnam Program.

  • A Chinese public-health expert (far right) teams up with a British anthropologist to interview members of rural families in Yunnan about environmental health concerns. Read more about the China Environment and Health Initiative.

September 3rd 2015
International Dissertation Research Fellowship fellow Alejandro Velasco (2004) draws on his fellowship research in Barrio Rising: Urban Popular Politics and the Making of Modern Venezuela, now available from University of California Press →
September 2nd 2015
"Metrics Are No Substitute for Good Research Management": In a piece for Times Higher Education, Robert Dingwall and SSRC executive director Mary McDonnell draw on their forthcoming edited volume, The SAGE Handbook of Research Management, to argue for stronger research leadership at universities →
September 1st 2015
President Ira Katznelson hosts a forum on Anxieties of Democracy in the 40th anniversary issue of Boston Review, out today, with respondents including scholars, journalists, foundation leaders, and political organizers →

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