Social Science Research Council

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is an independent research organization based in New York City.

The SSRC was founded in 1923 to foster better understanding of complex processes of social, cultural, economic, and political change. It acts in different capacities as an agenda-setting organization, a grantmaking institution with a focus on training and innovation, and a research council that conducts, commissions, coordinates, publicizes and disseminates research. It operates with a staff of approximately 70, and maintains small offices

The SSRC's work is divided into four current program areas: Global Security and Cooperation, Migration, The Public Sphere, and Knowledge Institutions. There are approximately twenty active programs within these areas.

Collaborative international research remains a strategic emphasis for the SSRC that crosscuts and integrates broader program areas, projects, and activities. Many SSRC projects are predominantly or entirely international in focus. Only two (of approximately twenty) programs are strictly domestic in orientation. Non-US-based work represents approximately 60% of total program activity. Over 20% of the SSRC’s funding is provided by multilateral and international organizations.

Currently, 12 programs offer fellowships or other grants, for a total of some 250 fellowships and grants each year. SSRC fellowship and grant programs often target the spaces between disciplines, where new perspectives emerge and struggle for acceptance. Most support from the Council goes to predissertation, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowships, offered through annual, peer-reviewed competitions. Although most programs target the social sciences, a number also engage the humanities, the natural sciences, and relevant professional and practitioner communities. SSRC’s fellowships and grant programs have engaged a wide and evolving range of themes, from African youth and globalization to public spheres in the Middle East and North Africa; from human sexuality to memory and repression in Latin America; from the social role of information technologies to the impacts and causes of international migration.

External links

* [ SSRC Website]
* [ "The Immanent Frame"] an SSRC blog on secularism, religion, and the public sphere
* [ "Making Sense of Darfur"] an SSRC blog by Alex de Waal
* [ "The Media Research Hub"] , a resource for media and communications researchers and practitioners.
* [ "Academia in the Public Sphere: Islam and Muslims in World Contexts"] a grants program to support public engagement among university faculty conducting research on Islam.

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