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Social Data Initiative Announces Research Grant Competition

The Social Data Initiative (SDI), first launched in April, has issued its first request for proposals on the effects of social media on democracy and elections. In collaboration with Social Science One, an entity developed by Professors Gary King and Nate Persily, Facebook will make data available to independent social science researchers for the first time through the Social Media and Democracy Research Grants. The SSRC will independently administer peer review, data ethics review, and research funding. Scholars are invited to apply for research grants of up to $50,000.

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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.
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New Leadership at Measure of America

Kristen Lewis will assume leadership of Measure of America (MOA), a leader in data analyses that inform public debate on national, state, and local levels. MOA’s most recent report is A Portrait of New York City, a comprehensive study of well-being and inequality in the New York metro region.
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SSRC Staff Inform International Policy Debates

In the wake of Colombia's presidential election results, the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum recently published a white paper on the country's peace processThe paper examines the vulnerabilities of the peace agreement in light of the president-elect’s public opposition to the accord, and has been presented to the international community at a number of events. African Peacebuilding Network program director Cyril Obi has co-edited a new book on the persistent social, economic, and environmental challenges facing Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta.

Open Competitions

Sloan Scholars Mentoring Network Grants
Deadline August 1, 2018

Social Media and Democracy Research Grants
Rolling submissions with first review beginning August 9, 2018 ​​

Abe Fellowship
Deadline September 1, 2018

Abe Fellowship for Journalists
Deadline September 15, 2018

Fellows Spotlight

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Photo credit: Catalina Vallejo, "Policies of Satisfaction"

Scholars as Artists

The International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) recently announced the winners of the IDRF Photo Competition. As in the past, IDRF fellows submitted numerous compelling photos and equally moving essays, inspired by their research and representing virtually every region of the globe. You can view the winning entries in Research Matters.


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Sex and Secularism after Trump
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Unequal Political Voice in the New American Gilded Age
by Kay Lehman Schlozman, Henry Brady, and Sidney Verba

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