The mission of the National Institute of Social Sciences is to promote the study of the social sciences, to support social science research and discussion, and to honor individuals who have rendered distinguished service to humanity.

 

The National Institute of Social Sciences is a voluntary association of public-spirited citizens. Our members include social scientists, educators, business professionals, philanthropists, academics, and the intellectually curious who believe the social sciences offer broad and valuable insights into issues of urgent and lasting concern.

We encourage the study of the social sciences via direct and indirect support of social science research and by sponsoring public discussion of pressing social challenges such as the effects of technology, artificial intelligence, climate change, political polarization, income distribution, demographics, and the future of humanity.

 On November 28, 1967, the National Institute honored five Rockefeller brothers with Gold Medals. From left are David Rockefeller, president of the Chase Manhattan Bank, Winthrop Rockefeller, governor of Arkansas, Frank Pace, president of the National Institute, John D. Rockefeller 3rd, chairman of the Rockefeller Foundation, Nelson Rockefeller, governor of New York, and Laurence Rockefeller, an adviser to President Lyndon Johnson.

On November 28, 1967, the National Institute honored five Rockefeller brothers with Gold Medals. From left are David Rockefeller, president of the Chase Manhattan Bank, Winthrop Rockefeller, governor of Arkansas, Frank Pace, president of the National Institute, John D. Rockefeller 3rd, chairman of the Rockefeller Foundation, Nelson Rockefeller, governor of New York, and Laurence Rockefeller, an adviser to President Lyndon Johnson.

The U.S. Congress has charged the National Institute with celebrating the accomplishments of extraordinary individuals who have rendered distinguished service to humanity, in order to hold them up as role models who can inspire the next generation of citizens to contribute in kind.

In pursuit of these objectives, the National Institute:

  • Sponsors speeches, discussions, and events that offer a broad range of balanced, non-partisan debate and discussion to its members and the general public

  • Celebrates the accomplishments of distinguished Americans and world leaders who have contributed at the highest level to the welfare and improvement of society with our Gold Honor Medal

  • Provides financial support to emerging scholars in academia who are doing doctoral research in the social sciences

The National Institute is supported by active, dues-paying members across the United States.

We invite you to join us!