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Biological Approaches in the Social Sciences (SIBASS)

Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Pre-Career Scholars and
Doctoral Students for Summer Research Training in the Social Sciences

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Russell Sage Foundation (RSF)

Deadline Date:

02/19/19 Receipt


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Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International early-career scholars and doctoral students to participate in a summer workshop program researching the social sciences using a biological approach. Participation includes reimbursement for most participant costs, including housing, most meals, and travel expenses up to a set cap. The first summer institute will take place at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois (adjacent to Chicago).

The workshop will consist of a week-long series of didactic lectures, small-group breakout sessions, and hands-on laboratory exercises. Attendees will (1) develop an understanding of the conceptual basis for integrating the social and biological sciences, (2) become acquainted with the basic units of biology – genes, cells, and organs – and how they function, (3) learn basic physiology of the nervous, autonomic, endocrine, cardiometabolic, and immune systems, and (4) gain familiarity with methods used to measure and analyze human biological processes, and critically evaluate their strengths and weaknesses.

This Institute is intended to provide broad training in human biological systems, with the goal of helping attendees conduct in-depth process research linking social context, biology, and human capital. This focus is distinct from RSF’s Summer Institute on Social Science Genomics, which is devoted more specifically to theories, methods, and statistical expertise required to integrate genetics into social science research.

For more information, see the SIBASS 2019 Summer Institute Announcement in Supporting Documents.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185185

Number of Grants:

The program accepts about 30 participants.

Term of Contract:

The Next SIBASS will take place on June 10-14, 2019.

Participants are required to fully attend all sessions of the program and some institutes require participants to complete some assignments in advance.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The target audience is post-doctoral fellows and untenured faculty within 10 years of the Ph.D., although the Foundation is open to applications from advanced doctoral students. There are no restrictions based on citizenship, country of study, or country of employment.

Priority will be given to candidates whose applications demonstrate (1) research excellence that is appropriate to their career stage, (2) a serious commitment to launching a biosocial research program, which (3) dovetails with RSF research priorities in Social Inequality, Behavioral Economics, Future of Work, and Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration.

Pre-Application Information:

Completed applications, including letters of recommendation, must be received by Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

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Russell Sage Foundation
112 East 64th Street
New York, NY 10065

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