Migration Grant Guidelines

Understand guideline and funding cycles

MacArthur publishes program guidelines to help applicants determine whether their idea for a grant fits within a particular grantmaking strategy.

As a general rule, applicants should base this decision on three related criteria that appear in program guidelines: the topical focus addressed by the grantmaking strategy; the geographic area covered by the grantmaking strategy; and, finally, the type of funding (i.e., general operating support, research, program support, etc.) that supports the grantmaking strategy.

Like most strategic grantmaking foundations, the MacArthur Foundation considers funding only those applications that closely match the topical, geographic, and funding criteria for a specific grantmaking strategy.

The migration initiative is currently under review. New guidelines will be posted soon.


Although migration is an age-old phenomenon, its current scale and particular characteristics make it an issue of rising global concern at the outset of the 21st century. Immigration into the United States and Western Europe is only part of a global system of population movement. Worldwide, some 200 million people — three percent of the world’s population — now live outside their country of origin.

In 2006, the Foundation began grantmaking through a new Initiative on Global Migration and Human Mobility. Through this initiative, the Foundation supports a modest number of institutions and projects, with the aim of advancing three main objectives: 1) to develop improved understanding of global migration through support of policy-relevant empirical research and improved sources of data on migrant flows; 2) to encourage better governance of migration at global, regional, and national levels; and 3) to stimulate new thinking on broader issues of global human mobility.

Further questions can be addressed to Director John Slocum and Director of Policy Research Val Chang.

What MacArthur Funds

To pursue the goals of the Initiative on Global Migration and Human Mobility, the Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations, including research institutes and universities. Grants are awarded for research and policy studies, dissemination, and related activities. The Foundation is particularly interested in supporting projects that reflect diverse national, institutional, professional, and cultural perspectives on global migration.

The migration initiative is currently under review. New guidelines will be posted soon.