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MPSA Statement Regarding COVID-19: March 17March 11March 3

2020 MPSA Annual Conference Cancellation

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we weather together these public health and economic crises. The MPSA 2020 Conference is now cancelled. Please remember to cancel your travel reservations; see these helpful resources on cancelling your accommodations.

Resources for Online Teaching and Learning

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects about the way we live, work and interact with one another. Many universities have transitioned to online learning to protect the health, safety and well-being of faculty and students. The MPSA has curated some resources to provide assistance to both faculty and students who are teaching and learning in this new online educational environment.

NSF "Dear Colleague Letter" Funding Opportunity/Open Science

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announces its intention to support conference proposals and EAGER proposals that explore and grow community readiness to advance open science in research across all disciplinary areas served by the Foundation. Details are provided here: Dear Colleague Letter: Open Science for Research Data. Please contact Jan Leighley, AIB Program Officer, at with any questions.

NSF SBE Community Letter  

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released a Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) community letter on updates related to NSF activities and the COVID-19 pandemic. Review the letter here.

Register to be a Potential Reviewer for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites graduate students to register as potential reviewers for the 2020 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and STEM Education at accredited, non-profit US institutions of higher education. visit for more information. 

Call for Letters of Inquiry for Timely or COVID-19-Related Social Science Research

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russell Sage Foundation is accepting letters of inquiry that satisfy the following criteria: a) the research is so timely and time-sensitive that the project must start before April 1, 2021; or, b) the research analyzes social, political, economic, or psychological disruptions resulting from the coronavirus crisis that affect social and living conditions in the United States.
All LOIs must focus on issues related to the foundation’s core program areas and special initiatives: Behavioral Economics; Decision-Making and Human Behavior in Context; Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; Social, Political, and Economic Inequality.
The deadline for LOIs is Thursday, May 21st, 2020 at 2 PM EST. More detailed guidelines can be found here: Potential applicants are encouraged to email for any questions.

RSF Visiting Scholars Fellowship

The Visiting Scholars Program provides a unique opportunity for select scholars in the social, economic, political and behavioral sciences to pursue their research and writing while in residence at the foundation in New York City. The foundation annually awards up to 17 residential fellowships to scholars who are at least several years beyond the Ph.D. Visiting Scholars typically work on projects related to the foundation’s core programs and special initiatives. The fellowship period is September 1st through June 30th. Scholars are provided with an office at the foundation, computers, library access, supplemental salary support, and some limited research assistance. Scholars from outside NYC are provided with a partially-subsidized apartment near RSF. The application deadline is June 25, 2020 (11:59 PM EST).

See Questions should be directed to James Wilson, Program Director, at

Visiting Researcher Fellowship: September 2020 – June 2021 (up to a 5-month visit)

On an occasional basis, the Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) has available office space for short-term Visiting Researchers conducting research relevant to RSF’s core programs and special initiatives. These positions do not come with any financial support and are available for visits up to five months, between September 1 and June 30, as space permits. Visiting Researchers are provided with an office at the foundation, computers and software, and library access. Applicants from outside the greater NYC area may be provided with a partially-subsidized apartment near RSF, if available. Visiting Researchers must be several years beyond the PhD and have a project that is relevant to the Foundation’s program areas. The application deadline is May 1, 2020.

More information about the program and applying can be found here: Questions should be sent to

Russell Sage Foundation: Opportunities for Journalists

There is a long, rich history of journalists writing and reporting about topics related to RSF’s mission to “improve the social and living conditions in the United States.” Because journalists report on issues of relevance to RSF, the foundation offers a Visiting Journalist Fellowship.

In conducting original research on a wide range of social, political, and economic conditions and presenting those findings to the public, journalists are critical to our understanding of Americans' lives and lived experiences. Visiting Journalists work full-time in residence at the Foundation for up to three months (possibly up to four months if space is available) alongside resident Visiting Scholars who might help inform the development of their projects.​​​​​​ The application deadline is May 1, 2020 (for visits between September 2020 and June 2021).

For more information about the foundation, our programs, and the application process, please visit our website: Questions can be sent to

IIE-SRF Partnerships for Scholar Advancement Seeks Advisors  

The Institute of International Education Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF)  through their  Partnerships for Scholar Advancement (PSA) program seeks advisors  who commit to offering time, advice, and/or networks to help IIE-SRF fellows overcome obstacles that may prevent the fellow from reaching her or his career goals.  Fellows are accomplished scholars who having faced threats to their lives and careers in their home countries, have been awarded one- to two-year fellowships worldwide to resume their research and teaching.  Advisorships are among the most effective ways for displaced fellows to work through challenges  to securing longer-term positions and opportunities in academia and related sectors. Possible advisor roles include CV/resume assistance, cover letter preparation, career advice, etc. For additional information, please visit the  IIE-SRF PSA program page or contact Olga Gregorian at 

An Invitation to Submit News Items 

Please share news of promotions, awards (calls for nomination and recipient announcements welcome), and other good news by submitting the information via this brief form. MPSA staff will verify the information prior to sharing on the website, in the monthly newsletter (delivered mid-month), and in social media (as appropriate).

2020 Research

Add Your Research to the MPSA Conference Program and Access Participant Information - Conference participants: Please upload your research to the online conference program for review by your discussant(s) and colleagues. When signed into the online program*, you can also access the email addresses for fellow participants. The online program serves as a place to share papers and presentation resources for research presented in 2020.

Upload Your Slidecast Presentation - We're encouraging ALL presenters who were on the program for the 78th Annual Conference to upload presentations to allow fellow scholars to view your research and provide valuable feedback.  Learn more about Slidecast presentations.

*NOTE - You must sign in with your username and password to upload your research to the conference repository.
Instructions and tips for navigating the online program - including uploading research and accessing participant information (.pdf).