Summer Institute on Biological Approaches in the Social Sciences

The 2019 Summer Institute on Biological Approaches in the Social Sciences (SIBASS), with funding from the Russell Sage Foundation and the JBP Foundation, aims to introduce early-career social science scholars to the theory, basic biology, and methods needed to collect and analyze biological processes in the service of social science research agendas. The biology of, and minimally invasive measurement options for, the central nervous system (brain), autonomic nervous system, neuroendocrine, cardiometabolic, immune, and sleep processes will all be covered. Faculty presenters will also discuss the contributions of genetics and epigenetics. Stress-sensitive biological systems will be emphasized, as such systems are strong candidates as putative mediators between social-contextual experiences and health and human capital outcomes. SIBASS builds on the previous C2S Summer Biomarker Institutes held at IPR.

The workshop is codirected by psychologist Greg Miller, anthropologist Thomas McDade, and psychobiologist Emma Adam

Eligible postdoctoral researchers, untenured faculty within 10 years of their PhD, and advanced doctoral students may apply. Priority will be given to candidates whose applications demonstrate (1) research excellence that is appropriate to their career stage, (2) a serious commitment to launching a biosocial research program, which (3) dovetails with RSF research priorities in Social Inequality, Behavioral Economics, Future of Work, and Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration.

The application deadline is Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. (Central) and must be submitted online to the Russell Sage Foundation. (Registration required.) Technical questions about the application portal (Fluxx) can be sent to

Additional information about SIBASS and the application process can be found here

June 10–14, 2019

The workshop will be held on Northwestern University's Evanston campus.

For additional inquiries, please email