To mark its ninetieth anniversary in 2013, the Social Science Research Council established the College and University Fund for the Social Sciences, a consortium of higher education partners providing annual financial support to enhance the infrastructure of social science research, catalyze interdisciplinary and cross-institutional collaborations, and help launch the careers of junior scholars through fellowships, workshops, and mentorship.

In partnership with this select group of leading colleges and universities, all deeply committed to the advancement of the social sciences, the Council works to enhance research and scholarship. An intellectual incubator, the SSRC serves as a platform for pioneering research, for new networks of cross-disciplinary and cross-sector collaboration, and for the production of social knowledge about important issues of public concern.
— Alondra Nelson, SSRC President

The College and University Fund offers many opportunities for learning and engagement to
member faculty and students:

  • Conferences. The College and University Fund Conference, held every eighteen to twenty-four months, brings together senior administrators from member institutions to think strategically about the future of social science research and teaching. The most recent conference was held in New York City on September 23, 2019, and focused on questions related to the present and future of transnational and global research.
  • Invitation-only seminars and events. Member institutions receive exclusive invitations
    for their faculty and students to take part in private seminars and public events with
    prominent scholars involved in the Council’s programs.
  • Exclusive Funding Opportunities. In 2019, the Council’s Scholarly Borderlands program released a call for proposals for “New Interdisciplinary Working Groups,” open exclusively to faculty PIs from College and University Fund member institutions. In 2020, we were pleased to launch a new annual funding opportunity for doctoral candidates at College and University Fund institutions, the Lindblom Memorial Fellowship.




Program Components


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