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An update by the Foundation Center Study to their 2009 report, Social Justice Grantmaking II, was released in 2011.

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Sources of Funding

American Council of Learned Societies The ACLS offers fellowships and grants in more than a dozen programs for research in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels.                          

American Tax Policy Institute (ATPI) makes grants to support research on important aspects of tax policy. It is pleased to request proposals for such grants. Such requests may be for either "Conferences" or "Papers".                                 

Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging has initiated and underwrites an Academic Research Grant Program to further scholarship about new or improved public policies, laws and/or programs that will enhance the quality of life for the elderly. Each grant recipient is required to publish an article on the subject of their research in a top journal.                                            

Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO), in operation since 1989, is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).   Projects have been initiated within many disciplines, including health services research, economics, sociology, political science, public policy, public health, public administration, law and business administration.                          

Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress.  The Center, named for the late Senate Minority Leader Everett M. Dirksen, is a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and educational organization devoted to the study of Congress and its leaders.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Discretionary grants offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies can be found on has been designed to make it easier for organizations and individuals to find and apply for more than $400 billion in federal grants. With electronic access to more than 1000 grant programs offered by all federal grant-making agencies, streamlines the grant acquisition process.  It is one stop shopping for government grants.                                                  

Institute for Political History offers the Hugh Davis Graham Award. The purpose of this grant, named in honor of the late Professor Hugh Graham, is to assist scholars undertaking archival research in the fields of Twentieth-Century American Political/Policy History and American Political Development.       

Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Research Grant Program funds empirical research on legal training and legal practice broadly viewed. This includes the study of precursors to legal training, all varieties of legal training itself, and the work that lawyers, judges, law teachers, and other legal professionals do after they complete their training.                                                                

Open Society Institute The Open Society Institute works to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve its mission, OSI seeks to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. OSI awards grants, scholarships, and fellowships on a regular basis throughout the year. Applicants can determine their eligibility and view relevant initiatives and application guidelines on our website.   

Public Welfare Foundation supports efforts to ensure fundamental rights and opportunities for people in need. The Foundation looks for strategic points where its funds can make a significant difference and improve lives through policy change and system reform. We focus on three program areas: Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice and Workers’ Rights.

Research Grant Program promotes research that contributes to a better knowledge and understanding of Canada, its relationship with the United States, and its international affairs. The grant is designed to assist individual scholars, or a team of scholars, in writing an article-length manuscript of publishable quality and reporting their findings in a scholarly publication.                                                         

Rocky Mountain Minerals Foundation initiated its Grants Program in 1976. Grants are awarded to persons or organizations for meritorious projects in mineral resources law and related fields, such as the preparation of: teaching materials; specialized faculty or student research; law school seminars, lectures, short courses, and symposia; and publication of substantive articles. For more information, download the Grants Program flyer.            

State Justice Institute was established by federal law in 1984 to improve the quality of justice in State courts, facilitate better coordination between State and Federal courts, and foster innovative, efficient solutions to common issues faced by all courts. To fulfill this mission, SJI awards grants that benefit the nation's judicial system and the public it serves.  Grantees, however, must match dollar-for-dollar any monies awarded.                                     

U.S. Institute of Peace - Topics of interest include, but are not restricted to, international conflict resolution; diplomacy; negotiation theory; functionalism and "track two" diplomacy; methods of third-party dispute settlement; international law; international organizations and collective security; deterrence and balance of power; arms control; psychological theories about international conflict; the role of nonviolence and nonviolent sanctions; moral and ethical thought about conflict and conflict resolution; and theories about relationships among political institutions, human rights and conflict.                                                                              

SSRNoften publishes this kind of information in their Legal Scholarship Network (LSN) weekly professional announcements newsletters.   



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