College and University Fund for the Social Sciences

2021 College and University Fund for the Social Sciences Conference

Social Science Reckonings   On October 4, 2021, the Social Science Research Council will convene the institutions of the College and University Fund for the Social Sciences for a virtual conference centered on the theme of “Social Science Reckonings.” In the past year, the social sciences have been extraordinarily active in furthering understanding of the multiple upheavals we have all experienced – a pandemic, a US electoral crisis, and a racial reckoning sparked by police violence but with deep historical and structural roots. At the same time, the historical and structural roots of racism and exclusion within the social sciences …

Gabriela Kirk of Northwestern University Awarded First Annual Charles E. Lindblom Memorial Fellowship

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is pleased to announce that Gabriela Kirk of Northwestern University has been awarded the first annual Charles E. Lindblom Memorial Fellowship for her project entitled, “Can Electronic Monitoring Fix Mass Incarceration? Understanding the Role of Electronic Monitoring in Local Policy Reform.” The Charles E. Lindblom Memorial Fellowship is exclusively open to doctoral candidates at the partner institutions of the SSRC College and University Fund for the Social Sciences. Awarded annually, it supports an interdisciplinary social science project that focuses on anticipatory social research, an approach that directs research toward identifying, contextualizing, and framing emergent social phenomena. …

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 …

2020 SSRC Fellow Seminar with Aihwa Ong

Near-Humans, Cloned Monkeys, & CRISPR Babies: Productive Uncertainty in China’s Quest for Biosecurity September 24, 2020 The Social Science Research Council invites applications to participate in an exclusive seminar on “Near-Humans, Cloned Monkeys, & CRISPR Babies: Productive Uncertainty in China’s Quest for Biosecurity” led by the Council’s 2020 SSRC Fellow, Professor Aihwa Ong. The seminar will take place via Zoom on Thursday, September 24, 2020, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. eastern time. 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. Professor …

University of California, Irvine Joins College and University Fund for the Social Sciences

The University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine), is the latest member of the College and University Fund for the Social Sciences (CUF), a consortium of more than 30 esteemed educational institutions that partner with the Social Science Research Council to support the infrastructure of social science research, catalyze interdisciplinary and cross-institutional collaboration, and support scholars and scholarship. UC Irvine is the fourth member institution from the University of California system, joining UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, and UC Santa Barbara. Bill Maurer, dean of the School of Social Sciences at UC Irvine, noted that its joining the College and University Fund stems …

2019 College and University Fund for the Social Sciences Conference

The Present and Future of Transnational and Global Research Monday, September 23, 2019 New York University New York, NY The 2019 gathering of the College and University Fund for the Social Sciences brought together representatives from the fund’s member institutions to discuss persistent challenges and potential opportunities for the social sciences on their campuses. This year’s conference focused on the present and future of transnational and global research, and featured panel sessions on “Thinking Global AND Local: International Knowledge Production Today,” “Experiments in Global and Transnational Studies: Intellectual and Institutional Innovations,” and “The Internationalization of Higher Education: Peering Into the …

The Claremont Colleges Join the College and University Fund for the Social Sciences

The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of liberal arts colleges and graduate institutions in Southern California, have joined SSRC’s College and University Fund for the Social Sciences, a group of esteemed educational institutions that provide annual financial support to enhance the infrastructure of social science research, to catalyze interdisciplinary and cross-institutional collaborations, and to support scholars and scholarship. “The SSRC greatly appreciates the Claremont Colleges’ expression of support for our work to build and enhance the ecology of social inquiry,” said SSRC president Alondra Nelson. “Through innovative teaching and vital research, the Claremont Colleges—a network of distinguished institutions—play an integral role in …

SSRC President Meets with College and University Fund Institutions

SSRC president Alondra Nelson visited a number of College and University Fund member institutions during the 2017–2018 academic year—including Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, Swarthmore College, Indiana University, Arizona State University, the University of California, Davis, and the University of California, Santa Cruz—at each exploring issues such as the future of the social sciences, diversity in the academy, research methodology, and interdisciplinarity. Nelson met with administrators, faculty, and students to discuss issues confronting social scientists (and social-scientists-to-be) nationally and globally and share her vision for the SSRC and how the organization might help address these challenges. In these conversations, Nelson reiterated …

The Ohio State University joins College and University Fund

The SSRC welcomes The Ohio State University as the 37th member of its College and University Fund for the Social Sciences. Ohio State joins a growing list of diverse institutions that make up the Fund community. “The Council is delighted to partner with Ohio State, a flagship in higher education, on the shared goal of fostering innovation in social research and deepening its rigor and reach,” said Alondra Nelson, president of the SSRC. The College and University Fund provides annual support to the SSRC to enhance the infrastructure of social science research, catalyze interdisciplinary and cross-institutional collaborations, and help launch the careers of …

2017 College and University Fund for the Social Sciences Conference

The inaugural gathering of the College and University Fund for the Social Sciences brought together representatives from the then thirty-five institutional members of the Fund for a full day to discuss opportunities and challenges for the social sciences on their campuses and more broadly, and to explore the concerns of the SSRC’s recently launched To Secure Knowledge Task Force. Born from the SSRC’s essential obligation to support the infrastructure of social research, the College and University Fund community discussed the current state of social science research, the integrity and accessibility of data and national statistical systems, and the institutional arrangements …

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