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 Conferences, held every eighteen
    to twenty-four months, bring together senior administrators from member institutions to think strategically about the future of the social science research and teaching. Link to
    Inaugural CUF Conference
  • 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.
  • Shared learning. Member faculty are invited to SSRC’s headquarters to meet with
    program staff about shared concerns and opportunities for engagement. Member
    institutions also receive all of the SSRC’s publications and special reports highlighting the
    work of the SSRC on their campuses.


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