CSDE Fellows Program


The Graduate Program for Advanced Studies in Demography at the

University of Washington

For more than sixty years, the UW Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (CSDE) has been the hub of interdisciplinary training in demography for graduate students at the University of Washington. The Center does not offer degrees but it coordinates population related courses and other aspects of graduate student training in demography. The CSDE Fellows program is the academic pathway for UW graduate students who wish to receive advanced interdisciplinary training in demography in addition to their disciplinary course of study.

CSDE Fellows: Eligibility and Requirements
The aim of the CSDE Fellows Program is to recognize graduate students who have made a commitment to acquire advanced training in demography as members of the CSDE intellectual community. Applications to the CSDE Fellows program are considered by the CSDE Training Committee during the fall quarter of every academic year. Participation in the Fellows program is open to any graduate student at the University of Washington. Most students in the core social science departments with an established demography track will find that the requirements of the CSDE Fellows program are compatible with their disciplinary training. Graduate students in other departments should consult with their faculty advisor and the CSDE Training Director to organize their specialization in demography. The core elements of the CSDE Fellows program are disciplinary and interdisciplinary coursework in demography, participation in the weekly seminar series and in the one-credit courses offered by CSDE, and research apprenticeship training with CSDE faculty affiliates.

CSDE Funded Traineeships
CSDE has an NICHD training grant and endowment funds that provide financial support (funded traineeships) for a small number of graduate students, currently about six per year. All CSDE Fellows are eligible to apply for a funded traineeship, as are UW graduate students who are not Fellows. Announcements about the CSDE Fellows Program and traineeships will be posted at the appropriate time every year on the CSDE website and also communicated to all graduate students in UW departments with an established demography track. Students with funded CSDE traineeships participate in the same program of study and have the same requirements as CSDE Fellows.

CSDE Fellows are expected to fulfill certain requirements:

  1. completion of disciplinary course requirements, including population related courses;
  2. complete SOC 513 (Demography and Ecology) and SOC 433 (Demographic Methods);
  3. at least one population-related course outside of the student’s home department (see attached list of courses in CSDE’s affiliate departments and schools). SOC 513 or SOC 433 will count for non-sociology students;
  4. regular attendance at the weekly CSDE seminar (enrollment in CSDE 501);
  5. completion of three quarters of the one credit CSDE Proseminar in professional roles and applied data analysis (CSDE 502), and;
  6. have a CSDE faculty affiliate as an academic advisor or chair of the PhD supervisory committee.

The timing of curricular requirements is flexible. In the CSDE Fellow application students report when they have taken (or plan to take) the required courses.

The most important benefit of the Fellows program is recognition as a member of the CSDE intellectual community and the opportunity to receive advanced disciplinary and interdisciplinary training in demography. Upon completion of their doctoral degree, CSDE Fellows will receive a letter of recognition from the CSDE Director. CSDE Fellows are eligible for a partial support to attend the annual meetings of the Population Association of America (PAA). The amount of the travel subvention will depend on the availability of funds. If a CSDE Fellow is not already working as a research assistant with a CSDE faculty affiliate, the CSDE Training Director will endeavor to arrange an unfunded research apprenticeship on a faculty-directed research project.

To be recognized as a CSDE Fellow, graduate students must complete an application form, and provide an annual report documenting completion of course requirements and degree program progress.

Application Schedule
The call for CSDE Fellows applications will be issued early in the Fall term for that academic year. The call for CSDE Traineeships applications will be issued in the Winter term for the next academic year. The calls will be posted on the CSDE website, and announced in CSDE eNews and communicated to all graduate students in UW departments with an established demography track.

The 2011-2012 CSDE Traineeship Application is here.

For questions please contact Wolfram Latsch (CSDE Training Coordinator) (Email)

Population-Related Courses in CSDE-Affiliated

Departments and Schools

Department of Anthropology

  • BIOA 450: Biodemography
  • BIOA 569: Demographic Analysis in Biological and Social Anthropology
  • BIOA 455: Reproductive Ecology Laboratory
  • BIOA 590B: Biomarker Methods Research Group
  • BIOA 482: Human Population Genetics
  • BIOA 520: Human Behavioral Ecology
  • BIOA 526: Quantitative Methods and Modeling for Biocultural Anthropology
  • BIOA 568: Human Reproductive Ecology

Department of Sociology

  • SOC 513: Demography and Ecology
  • SOC 433: Demographic Methods
  • SOC 431: Fertility and Mortality
  • SOC 430: Urbanization and Urbanism

Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs

  • PBAF 537: Gender and Development
  • PBAF 569: Race and Public Policy
  • PBAF 570: Social Policy Analysis and Management
  • PBAF 571, 572: Education, the Workforce and Public Policy
  • PBAF 573: Seminar in U.S. Poverty and Antipoverty Policy

Department of Economics

  • ECON 543: Population Economics

School of Social Work

  • SSW 600: Specialized Tutorial in Population Research

Department of Geography

  • GEOG 542: Research Seminar: Social and Population Geography
  • GEOG 543: Research Seminar: Topics in Immigration, Ethnicity, and Race
  • GEOG 544: Event History Analysis of Social and Spatial Change
  • GEOG 577: Research Seminar: Internal Spatial Structure of Cities
  • GEOG 578: Research Seminar: Theorizing the City
  • GEOG 580: Medical Geography
  • GEOG 581: Seminar in Medical Geography