The Russell Sage Foundation and Carnegie Corporation: Inviting applications for ‘Immigration and Immigrant Integration’ to support innovative research on the effects of race, citizenship, legal status and politics, political culture and public policy on outcomes for immigrants and for the native-born of different racial and ethnic groups and generations.

Funding brief: The Russell Sage Foundation/Carnegie Corporation Initiative on Immigration and Immigrant Integration seeks to support innovative research on the effects of race, citizenship, legal status and politics, political culture and public policy on outcomes for immigrants and for the native-born of different racial and ethnic groups and generations. This initiative falls under RSF’s Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration Program and represents a special area of interest within the core program, which continues to encourage proposals on a broader set of issues.

They are especially interested in novel uses of under-utilized data and the development of new methods for analyzing these data. Proposals to conduct laboratory or field experiments, in-depth qualitative interviews, and ethnographies are also encouraged. Smaller projects might include exploratory fieldwork, a pilot study, or the analysis of existing data. RSF encourages methodological variety and inter-disciplinary collaboration.  Proposals for comparative, cross-national work will be considered only if they have strong implications for U.S.-centered issues.

Areas of Interest:
RSF and the Carnegie Corporation of New York invite proposals for new research that will strengthen the theory, methods and empirical knowledge about the effects of race, citizenship, legal status, and the interplay of politics and policy on immigrant outcomes. Because of limitations in government statistics, researchers are curating and analyzing data from both public and private sources (e.g., specialized surveys, administrative sources from tax, social security and citizenship and immigration services, as well as social media), and collecting their own data to measure the progress of the foreign-born and their children.

Many of the questions listed below are difficult to answer because of data limitations (Blau & Mackie, 2016; Duncan & Trejo, 2016; Massey, 2010; Waters & Pineau, 2015) regarding age and time of arrival, time spent in the U.S., legal status at present and upon entry, including visa type, parents’ and grandparents’ place of birth, longitudinal data, and data linked across sources.  Thus, we welcome proposals to improve the measurement of immigrant progress over time and across generations.  They are especially interested in creative uses of administrative and other data sources that enhance our ability to identify immigrants by generation and legal status.

Examples of the kinds of topics and questions that are of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
Legal Status: Legal status represents a significant barrier to integration and economic progress, exacerbated by the criminalization of undocumented status and increased deportations since 1996.  Many of the unauthorized have lived in the U.S. for at least a decade, and nearly half are the parents of minor children, most of whom are U.S.-born.  Thus, legal status affects citizen children and spouses as well, with the effects varying with geography due to different state and local laws and institutions.  To what extent does providing temporary legal status and work permits on the one hand (e.g., administrative relief in the form of deferred action) or increased enforcement on the other affect immigrant outcomes?  What is the impact of employer behavior and preferences on immigrant economic integration?  How do assumptions about the legal status of the foreign-born, and their variance by racial, religious and other factors, influence the attitudes and behaviors of the native-born?  How do legal status differences affect the extent and the pace of integration in terms of education, labor market or political outcomes?  What are the implications of the criminalization of undocumented status (via intensified apprehension and deportation programs) for public safety, community cohesion, workplace health and safety, civic engagement, and for the socio-economic outcomes of children and youth?

Naturalization and Citizenship: Millions of immigrant residents are eligible to become citizens, but naturalization rates in the U.S. are low compared to similar immigrant-receiving countries like Australia and Canada.  Why are naturalization rates so low and what factors explain who, among the eligible, naturalizes?  To what extent does naturalization contribute to better social, political and economic integration of immigrants?  What is the causal evidence on the long-term impacts of citizenship?

Mixed-Ancestry, Ethnic Identity, and Integration: A pan-ethnic label and identity (for example, African American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian American) includes many ethnicities, national origins and languages for groups that differ greatly in their economic and social status.  What determines the emergence of a pan-ethnic identity?   Are pan-ethnics more likely than other immigrants to form marital unions outside their own racial or ethnic group?  To what extent does having mixed-race (or mixed-ethnicity) parents affect the identities, inter-group attitudes, and the integration outcomes of these multi-racial children?  To what extent does selective attrition through intermarriage lead higher achieving descendants of immigrants to stop identifying as ethnics or as members of a pan-ethnic group?  To what extent are observed differences in integration outcomes due to different data sources (e.g., survey versus administrative data) and different measures of identity?

Race, Religion and Inequality: A recent NAS report on immigrant integration found that patterns of immigrant integration are shaped by race, with black immigrants and their descendants experiencing a slower rate of integration than native-born non-Hispanic whites.  To what extent are the pathways to integration of Latino immigrants affected by racial exclusion and/or by the large numbers of undocumented Latinos?  To what extent do race and immigration status affect public opinion about various immigrant groups?  What are the effects of economic disparity between immigrants groups, and between immigrant groups and native minorities, on inter-group relations?

Since 9/11, both Muslim immigrants and American-born Muslims have been the target of increased hostility and intolerance.  What factors are associated with this antagonism and how does this affect our social and political institutions?

Politics, Political Culture, and Public Policy: Both politics and immigration policies play an important role in American life.  To what extent does the treatment of immigrants by the various levels of government (i.e., signaling) affect levels of public support for immigrants and immigration policy?  What is the effect of U.S. refugee resettlement policy on the economic integration of refugees and asylees in contrast to those of other immigrants?  What is the long-term impact of initial conditions (a detention camp, a common location, or a dispersion policy) on integration outcomes for refugees and their dependents? What is the effect of immigrants’ experiences with government and the quality of the interaction on their attitudes towards government and government policies?

Donor Name: The Russell Sage Foundation and Carnegie Corporation
Funding name: No specific fund name


Letter of Inquiry Deadline Invited Proposal Deadline Funding Decision
May 24, 2018 (2pm ET/11am PT) August 15, 2018 (2pm ET/11am PT) November 2018
November 30, 2018 (2pm ET/11am PT) March 4, 2019 (2pm ET/11am PT) June 2019

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Funding limit: Projects that use newly-available data or make new linkages across data sources have a higher priority than projects that analyze only public use data from widely available data sets. For projects using publicly available data (e.g., any non-restricted Census, CPS, or ACS, PSID, ECLS or any other such dataset), the budget request cannot exceed $75,000 (including indirect costs). RSF will only consider budget requests that exceed this amount if the investigator can adequately explain why the project requires a higher  

● Project Grants are generally capped at $175,000, including 15% indirect costs. Projects that use publicly available data are capped at $75,000, including indirect costs.
● Presidential grants are capped at $35,000 (no indirect costs). In rare circumstances, investigators may apply for a Presidential Grant of up to $50,000 (no indirect costs) when the proposed research project has special needs for gathering data (e.g.: qualitative research) or gaining access to restricted-use data.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not found

Project duration: Projects are limited to no more than two years; RSF may consider longer projects in exceptional circumstances.

Eligible organization: As below

● All applicants (both PIs and Co-PIs) must have a Ph.D. or comparable terminal degree, or a strong career background that establishes their ability to conduct high-level, peer-reviewed scholarly research. RSF particularly encourages early career scholars to apply for Presidential grants. All nationalities are eligible to apply and applicants do not have to reside in the U.S. RSF does not accept applications for Project and Presidential Grants from doctoral or other graduate students, unless specified in a special RFP.

Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)

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