Introducing the African Peacebuilding Network’s and Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa’s 2023 Fellows

Each year, the African Peacebuilding Network (APN)–Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa (Next Gen) program selects a new cohort of fellows for its highly competitive fellowships. This year, the APN awarded 17 Individual Research Fellowships (IRF), while Next Gen awarded 38 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships and 6 Post-Doctoral Writing Fellowships. Among the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships, 8 are Dissertation Proposal fellows, 14 are Dissertation Research fellows, and 16 are Dissertation Completion fellows. APN Individual Research Fellowship The Individual Research Fellowship (IRF) supports six months of field-based research, through which recipients produce research-based knowledge that is relevant to and has a significant impact on peacebuilding …

Announcing the 2023 cohort of Arts Research with Communities of Color Fellows

The Social Science Research Council is thrilled to announce the awardees of the Arts Research with Communities of Color Fellowship. Congratulations to Amanda Boston, J.V. Decemvirale, Claudia Sofía Garriga-López, siri gurudev hernández, kt shorb, Silvia Rodriguez Vegam, and Jaleesa Renee Wells!   This diverse cohort of researchers will conduct 12-month qualitative-ethnographic studies in collaboration with select organizations participating in The Wallace Foundation’s arts initiative. We look forward to your insights from these novel and exciting partnerships. Read more here!

Announcing the 2023 Religion, Spirituality, and Democratic Renewal Fellows

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is pleased to announce the selection of the 2023 Religion, Spirituality, and Democratic Renewal Fellows. These twelve researchers will each receive between $8,000 and $18,000 in grants to research intersections of religious movements and contemporary questions of democracy and democratic action. Learn more about the fellows here.

Social Science Research Council convenes behavioral scientists, policymakers, and philanthropists at the Nobel Prize Summit on Truth, Trust, and Hope

The Mercury Project brings seven experts into productive discussion on the role of behavioral science in overcoming health misinformation. Washington, DC | May 24, 2023 — From 10:30 – 11:15 US Eastern time tomorrow, May 25, 2023, seven experts will convene in the Kavli Auditorium at the National Academy of Sciences to consider how to move on from only describing and decrying the problem of health misinformation to finding, developing, and testing solutions to support science-based health decision-making that can be applied across multiple contexts. Register to watch the event here.  The discussion, organized by the Social Science Research Council …

Social Science Research Council’s Mercury Project announces Call for Proposals to Expand Vaccine Demand Research

The Social Science Research Council announced USD $2 million Call for Proposals to support research projects to rigorously test locally grounded solutions to improve demand for vaccinations across the life course. The funding comes at a critical time when 25 million children missed out on essential vaccines in 2021 – the largest sustained decline in 30 years, according to WHO and UNICEF.

Social Science Research Council Celebrates 100 Years of Social and Behavioral Science

The Social Science Research Council began the celebration of its Centennial, kicking off a year in which it will highlight 100 years of important contributions made by social and behavioral scientists to solving pressing global challenges.  In 1923, a group of social and behavioral scientists representing the American Economic Association, American Political Science Association, American Sociological Association, and American Statistical Association founded the Social Science Research Council to advance policy-relevant social and behavioral science with the potential to lead to societies more supportive of human well-being. The Council’s founders identified a number of challenges to the production of policy-relevant evidence, …

Welcoming the University of Toronto to the CUF

The Social Science Research Council is pleased to welcome the University of Toronto, the first Canadian University to join the ranks of the College and University Fund for the Social Sciences. “The biggest problems that societies face today—such as building support to fight climate change, addressing threats to democracy, and building trust in science—transcend borders. These are fundamentally human questions, and we believe that social and behavioral scientists have the tools to understand and address them,” said Anna Harvey, president of the Council. “We’re thrilled to add the University of Toronto to this coalition, and we are grateful for their …

Announcing the 2022 SSRC Religion, Spirituality, and Democratic Renewal grantees

The Social Science Research Council is proud to announce the twelve early-career scholars selected to receive 2022 Religion, Spirituality, and Democratic Renewal grants. The grants aim to bring knowledge of the place of religion and spirituality into scholarly and public conversations about renewing democracy in the United States. Established in 2020, the Religion, Spirituality, and Democratic Renewal grants are offered through the SSRC Religion and the Public Sphere program in partnership with the Fetzer Institute. This year’s competition emphasized research that sheds light on the religion and spiritual dimensions of deep political polarization in the US today and examines the …