We, the Social Science Research Council (“SSRC”, “we”, “our” or “us”), are committed to protecting the privacy and security of those who visit our Sites (as defined below) and those who are eligible for, apply for and/or participate in the Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program (“MMGIP”), which includes the Predoctoral Grants Program and the Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives.
Personally Identifiable Information
As part of your application to or participation in MMGIP and through your use of our Sites, we collect information that you provide which identifies you or can be used to identify or contact you (“Personally Identifiable Information”), which may include, without limitation, your name, address, email address, telephone number, educational history, social security number and user account and password. We use your Personally Identifiable Information to administer the MMGIP, including, without limitation, considering your MMGIP application, communicating with you regarding your MMGIP application or during your MMGIP participation, and making payments and sending tax-related documentation to you in connection with your MMGIP participation. We may also share your name and contact information with other divisions or programs within SSRC to notify you about other SSRC programs and initiatives that may be of interest to you.
We may publish information about MMGIP fellows and their MMGIP-supported projects on SSRC’s institutional websites and online fellowship maps and in SSRC’s printed materials. This information may include your name, area of research, publication(s), and photo(s). By participating in the MMGIP, you agree to our publication of such information unless and until otherwise specified. Any MMGIP fellow or applicant who wishes not to appear on SSRC’s institutional websites or in any of SSRC’s printed materials should indicate that preference on an application or otherwise alert the MMGIP staff in writing by mail or email.
You may contact us in order to (1) update or correct your Personally Identifiable Information, (2) change your preferences with respect to communications and other information you may receive from us, or (3) express your preferences regarding the publication of information about you on SSRC’s institutional websites or in any of its printed materials. For these purposes, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-Personally Identifiable Information
When you use our Sites, we, or a third party such as Google Analytics may log or track information that does not identify you, such as your IP address, browser, domain information and other access statistics, to analyze trends, administer the Sites, track users’ movements, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. We may share aggregated information with third parties. Aggregated information is not linked to any Personally Identifiable Information.
Our Information Security Practices
We use commercially reasonable security measures to protect your Personally Identifiable Information, including physical security and restrictions on access.
You should be aware that there is always some risk involved in transmitting information over the Internet. Additionally, there is some risk the security measures used to protect your Personally Identifiable Information or the systems on which your Personally Identifiable Information is stored could be circumvented or breached. As a result, although we strive to protect your Personally Identifiable Information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us.
Our Sites use a technology called “cookies.” A cookie is a collection of information that gets stored on the hard drive of your computer when browsing the Internet. These small bits of information automatically identify your browser to the Sites throughout a visit to the Sites. We use session cookies for login authentication as well as to track and identify you across the Sites’ subdomains for the duration of each visit. These cookies are erased when you close your browser at the end of a session on the Sites. You can adjust your browser settings to restrict or delete cookies, though any changes to such settings may limit or disable certain Site features. The Sites do not use persistent cookies (which are stored until manually deleted), and no Personally Identifiable Information will be stored or transferred via cookies.