FORHEAD Annual Conference 2011: Beijing, China – November 3-4, 2011

The Forum on Health, Environment and Development (FORHEAD) organized its third annual conference in Beijing in partnership with the Institute of Geographic Science and Nature Resources Research, CAS in early November. More >>

FORHEAD Summer Institute 2011: Guangzhou, China

The Forum on Health, Environment and Development (FORHEAD), co-organized by the SSRC China Environment and Health Initiative, held its third Summer Institute in Guangzhou, South China at the end of June. More >>

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Fellowship Program

The Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program offers fellowships to nurture the intellectual development and increase retention of early-career faculty in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. More >>

Arab Spring Coverage

Several programs at the Council have extensive involvement with the Middle East, North Africa and Egypt in particular. Read SSRC coverage of the Arab Spring. More >>

Stanley Katz Awarded National Humanities Medal

Stanley Katz, former SSRC Board member and long-time participant in the SSRC Working Group on Cuba, was recently awarded the National Humanities Medal. More >>

Governance, Security and Justice in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations

SSRC will partner with the London School of Economics (LSE) on a consortium researching the political marketplace, border spaces and citizenship, social exclusion and gender in countries/states considered “fragile” and/or affected by conflict. More >>

New Program on Latin American Security, Drugs and Democracy

The program provides support for doctoral dissertation and post-doctoral research developing alternative approaches to drug policy in Latin America and fostering strategies that address the growth of transnational organized crime. More >>

S.N. Eisenstadt, Longtime Participant in Council Activities, Dies

Professor Shmuel Noah Eisenstadt (1923-2010) passed away September 2, 2010. Prof. Eisenstadt was the Rose Isaacs Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. More >>

SSRC Program Director de Waal named by The Atlantic magazine as one of 27 “Brave Thinkers.

bravethinker-itemProgram Director Alex de Waal has been named by The Atlantic magazine as one of 27 “Brave Thinkers.” De Waal runs the Council’s Humanitarianism, Conflict and Peacebuilding in Africa Program. More >>

In Memoriam: Tony Judt (1948-2010)

Read Tony Judt’s contribution to SSRC’s forum on Public Institutions & the Public Good, “The Disintegration of the Public Sector: Recasting Public Conversation,” from his final book, Ill Fares the Land.

Recent Fellowship and Grant Winners

Abe Fellowship; Abe Fellowship for Journalists; Academia in the Public Sphere: Islam and Muslims in World Contexts; Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF); International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF). More >>

Upcoming Deadlines for Fellowship and Grant Competitions

Postdoctoral Fellowship for Transregional Research, International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF), Eurasia Program Fellowships, New Directions in the Study of Prayer Grants, Drugs, Security and Democracy Fellowship. More>>

SSRC Hosts the Central Theoretical Council of Viet Nam

On July 29, 2010, the SSRC hosted a delegation of five representatives from the Central Theoretical Council of Viet Nam along with several representatives of other Vietnamese state agencies. More >>

Global Center for Research on Gender, Crisis Prevention and Recovery

The G-CPR hosted its first Advisory Committee Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya during the month of June, 2010. The SSRC has been the principal partner to the United Nation Development Program’s creation of the new global center. More >>

Religion and International Affairs

The SSRC hosted an international workshop on religion, peacebuilding, and development in Mindanao and another on the current state of the field of religion and international affairs.
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The Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF)

The Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF) has been busy recently supporting UN policymaking and operations by providing rapid access to leading scholars, experts, and practitioners outside the UN system. More >>

SSRC-Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program: “Intellectual Engagement in a Changing Climate”

The SSRC-Mellon Mays Graduate Student Summer Conference was held from June 15 through 17, 2010. This year’s conference theme was “Intellectual Engagement in a Changing Climate.” More >>

The Immanent Frame (TIF)

The Immanent Frame blog is currently hosting two book discussions and a discussion series called “Notes from the field,” a summer-long collaboration that features the reflections of DPDF graduate fellows. More >>


The SSRC has joined forces with Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies to form a Russian-American Working Group. The first planning meeting was held in Cambridge on May 20-21, 2010. More >>

AHDP Co-Director Sarah Burd-Sharps Interviewed by PBS

Burd-Sharps is optimistic about the future of the United States, not because of its current state of well being but but because of the possibility of what it could be. More >>

Program Director Seteney Shami Named Founding Director of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences

Program staff at the SSRC are helping incubate a significant initiative for promoting the social sciences in the Arab region. More >>


In July 2010, the SSRC hosted a planning meeting in Havana, Cuba to outline the contours of the new partnership on migration with the University of Havana. More >>

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