The Russell Sage Foundation’s is interested in research that is
broadly related to analyzing the causes and consequences of
increased economic inequality. We encourage methodological
variety, but all proposals should have well-developed conceptual
frameworks and research designs. Analytical models should be
specified and research questions and hypotheses should be clearly
stated. Awards are available for research assistance, data
acquisition, data analysis, and investigator time for conducting
research and writing up results.
Since 2000, the U.S. poverty rate has increased and the poor have
become poorer. Along with hardships brought on by the Great
Recession, welfare reform, the prison boom, the rise of
short-term and low-wage jobs, political decisions at the federal
level, declines in union membership, and high rates of
joblessness have all contributed to deepening poverty in America.