Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Fellowship Funding

CSDE hosts several fellowship programs that support graduate students’ research activities. CSDE’s fellowship programs support and prepare promising early researchers for careers that will have a significant impact on the field of demography. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to CSDE trainees and are offered periodically.

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Data Science and Demography Fellowship (T32)

CSDE directs a training program, in collaboration with the Center for Statistics for Social Sciences and eSciences Institute, that seeks to advance graduate student skills at the intersection of data science, demography, and population health. Funding for the fellowship program comes from the National Institutes of Health. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for funding. Fellows are enrolled annually and eligible for continued funding for up to three years. Funding includes 12 months of stipend and tuition, as well as health care benefits. For more details about the program and eligibility, contact the Training Core PI, Professor Zack Almquist.

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Shanahan Endowment Fellowship

The Shanahan Endowment Fellowship supports a graduate student, whether or not a U.S. citizen, for a year-long fellowship to complete their demographic or population science dissertation from any of the following departments: Anthropology, Epidemiology, Geography, Global Health, Health Services, Public Policy, Social Work, Sociology, and Statistics.  For more details about the program and eligibility, contact the Training Core PI, Professor Zack Almquist ( or Interim Training Director Jessica Godwin (




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Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research Training Partnership

CSDE is collaborating with the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in a doctoral training program on Population, Health, and Data Science. This program is based in Germany, but includes over 20 doctoral programs around the world. Students will engage with each other through workshops in Germany and around the world. Faculty mentors include members of the student’s own committee in their home institution, as well as MPIDR faculty and possible faculty from partner institutions.

Applications are usually requested in late Spring quarter. Applicants prepare a cover letter indicating why the program will benefit their doctoral training, a research statement, and a c.v.  The applicant’s primary supervisor should write a letter of support for the student’s participation in the program. The CSDE program committee selects the best candidate for the position and writes a letter of support for that candidate to the MPIDR-PHDS program. CSDE’s program committee includes: Dr. Zack Almquist, Dr. Sara Curran, Dr. Adrian Dobra, Dr. Jon Wakefield, and Dr. Nathalie Williams. Applicants should contact any CSDE program committee member with their questions. Successful applicants will be supported by CSDE during the year they participate in the MPIDR-PHDS doctoral program and travel to, and housing and living expenses in, Germany is provided by MPIDR.

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