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Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta has been chosen as the next SSRC Fellow

The Social Science Research Council is proud to announce that Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta will be its next SSRC Fellow. Dr. Mehta will be in residency at the Council in November, during which he will lead seminars and deliver the 2021 SSRC Fellow Lecture. The SSRC Fellow initiative invites distinguished scholars to the Council to strengthen research and programming in the areas in which we currently work or aspire to work. Most recently, the SSRC hosted Dr. Aihwa Ong as its 2020 fellow. Established in 2019 with inaugural fellow Lorraine Daston, the SSRC Fellow program broadens the thematic purview of the former …

Announcing the 2020 Grantees: New Interdisciplinary Projects in the Social Sciences

The Social Science Research Council is pleased to announce the 2020 grantees of New Interdisciplinary Projects in the Social Sciences, a request for proposals open exclusively to faculty of the College and University Fund for the Social Sciences member institutions. Scholarly Borderlands, the Council’s research incubator program, invited proposals for interdisciplinary working groups that would ask novel questions, develop new frameworks, rethink methodological approaches, and find innovative answers. Applicants were encouraged, although not required, to submit applications for research projects related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The response to this competition made it clear that this kind of funding fills a significant gap in …

Nelson Announces Plans to Step Down as SSRC President in Early Fall 2021

Board Kicks Off Search for Next Leader New York -The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) today announced that President Alondra Nelson, the acclaimed scholar and former Columbia University Dean, who has led the SSRC since 2017, will be stepping down in the early fall of 2021, and that a search for her successor is now underway. In a letter to SSRC staff and partners, Board chair Dr. Mamadou Diouf said of Dr. Nelson, “Her commitment to scholarly rigor, insistence on research innovation and experimentation, and pursuit of new and novel partnerships has reinvigorated the SSRC and positioned it for a vibrant …

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