The SSRC is an independent, international, nonprofit organization. It fosters innovative research, nurtures new generations of social scientists, deepens how inquiry is practiced within and across disciplines, and mobilizes necessary knowledge on important public issues.
Laura Blyler is the fellowships alumni manager at the SSRC, in which she is creating a community engagement strategy to strengthen the Council’s relationship with former fellowship recipients. Prior to joining the SSRC, she was the program manager for fellowships, grants, and global programs at the American Association of University Women (AAUW). She managed the alumnae network of AAUW's fellowship and grants programs, one of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women. She also coordinated AAUW's global programming, working with AAUW's representatives to the United Nations. Laura currently serves on the board of directors for the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area as Vice President of Young Professionals. She has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from American University