Russell Sage Foundation – Future of work

The Russell Sage Foundation invites letters of inquiry for its future of work programme. This supports innovative research on the causes and consequences of changes in the quality of jobs for less- and moderately skilled workers and their families. Investigator-initiated research proposals are sought that will broaden understanding of the role of changes in employer practices, the nature of the labour market and public policies on employment, earnings, and job quality. Proposals that address questions about the interplay of market and non-market forces in shaping the wellbeing of workers, today and in the future, are of particular interest.

Possible topics include the following:

  • causes and consequences of job polarisation;
  • alternative work arrangements;
  • the changing legal environment;
  • emerging technologies and the future of work;
  • workforce development and training;
  • changing economies, changing families and policy responses.

Applications that address the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, including its economic disruptions, or systemic racial inequality and the related mass protests in the US are also encouraged.

Applicants must have a PhD, or in certain circumstances a strong career background that establishes their ability to conduct high-level, peer-reviewed scholarly research. Early-career scholars are encouraged to apply for presidential grants. Applicants from all nationalities may apply and do not have to reside in the US, but the proposed research project must focus on the US.

Trustee grants are worth up to USD 175,000 each and presidential grants are worth up to USD 35,000 each, over two years.

Deadline: 3rd May 2023.

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