Immigration Research Grants

Immigration Research Grants

Our country has enjoyed unparalleled progress by welcoming people from around the world as they sought to create better lives for themselves and their families.

Presently, the U.S. immigration system keeps too many from fully participating in the American experience—to the detriment of our society. Reforms that incentivize legal immigration and welcome the majority of prospective immigrants, while preventing those who would come to do us harm, can yield safer communities and a stronger economy.

The Foundation supports scholars exploring solutions and innovative alternatives to a system burdened by backlogs in family-based immigration and asylum processing and posing countless employment barriers for foreign graduates of U.S. universities. The Foundation is especially interested in research that:

  • Examines the costs and benefits of merit- or points-based immigration systems, temporary visa programs, and flexible, provisional, or dual-purpose visa alternatives;
  • Measures the impact of immigration on formal and informal institutions, including social capital;
  • Explores social and cultural integration mechanisms and their effects;
  • Analyzes the consequences of overlapping immigration, law enforcement, and national security policies;
  • Tracks entrepreneurship among immigrant populations and their contribution to economic growth;
  • Evaluates and proposes improvements on:
    • Interior immigration and border enforcement practices;
    • The adjudication and processing of refugee and asylum claims;
  • Collects data and produces longitudinal, structured datasets on:
    • Resident attitudes towards immigration;
    • Measures of immigrant integration such as language acquisition, educational attainment, wage assimilation, or intergenerational social mobility;
    • Status adjustment, naturalization, and emigration rates;
    • Immigrants’ access to, use of, and contribution to welfare and public services.

Grant Criteria

  • A one-to-two-page abstract of the project on behalf of your university or college. The abstract should provide sufficient detail for reviewers to assess the nature and feasibility of the idea.*
  • A CV or résumé.*
  • A brief, itemized budget.*
  • Final projects should be original, meet the highest standards of their field, and must not have been previously published.

*Items are required in application.


Funding levels are commensurate with the requirements of the research and the potential for the research to advance an understanding of critical issues. Accepted proposals may also receive support to disseminate the research findings.

Review & Notification Process

Proposals will be accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis.

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