Welcome to the Institute for the Social Sciences

The Institute for the Social Sciences nurtures the careers of Cornell’s social science faculty members by encouraging scholars to delve into interdisciplinary research collaborations addressing some of the world’s most complex challenges and disciplinary concerns. Through three signature programs – Small Grants, Faculty Fellows, and Collaborative Projects – the ISS provides financial support for research, including quantitative, qualitative, and computational social science studies.

While our focus is on Cornell faculty, Cornell’s undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral associates benefit as well. Not only are they included in faculty-led research projects, but they also are exposed to new social science faculty research findings and exceptional instruction both in the laboratory and classroom, as well as at ISS-sponsored events.

Led by Daniel T. Lichter, professor in both the Departments of Policy Analysis and Management, and Sociology, the ISS is a campus-wide institution created in 2004. Learn more about the ISS.


Current Projects


2018-19 Faculty Fellows Program

The ISS has chosen the 4th cohort of faculty for the 2018-19 Fellows Program. They are now in residence in Rhodes Hall, engaged in research, and attending the program’s professional development series. View our newest faculty fellows here.

Every three years the ISS hosts a social science faculty fellows program designed to nurture the careers of Cornell’s most promising assistant and associate professors two to three years away from their next promotion review. Faculty fellows receive a semester in residence at the ISS when they are relieved of teaching and major departmental service responsibilities. Each fellow is awarded a $10,000 grant for research. They also receive professional development, such as media and grantsmanship training sessions, to grow their careers. Read More about “Fellows”


Past Projects