1 and 2. Description of Research Accomplishments and Future Research
These components focus on technical and scientific merit and the broad impact of your research. Given page limits, your application will be stronger if you restrict the discussion to papers and future and ongoing research that will potentially have valuable scientific impact or advance demography or related fields in a significant way. In addition to your proposed Fellowship project, this work may include papers and your thesis and dissertation. Your Fellowship project may not be a component of a thesis or dissertation; however, it can address a closely related research question or problem. For coauthored papers, clarify your role in the paper.
For research accomplishments discussed in component 1, succinctly state the research question(s), the answers, and the rationale for the research strategy, including analytical design. Demonstrate that the overall strategy, methodology, and analyses were well reasoned and appropriate to answer the research questions, and address problems. Explain the scientific and technical merits of the paper(s), including innovative aspects.
For your ongoing and future research discussed in component 2, state the specific aims, and research questions. Describe your proposed or current research strategy, including the data and analytical design. Show the direct relationship between the study design and your aims and research questions. Explain how your strategy will address problems (e.g., common problems in behavioral research). Discuss the project(s)’s potential limitations, innovative facets, and potential scientific and technical merit.
Include in component 2, a very brief statement of your plans for the fellowship year; include the frequency and format of meetings with your CSDE mentor. Note activities that will enhance these research endeavors and your professional goals such as enrolling in classes, participating in workshops, conferences, and project groups, and meeting with faculty, and experts whom you plan to consult regarding your research.
Research can have scientific and technical merit in many ways. One example is the significance of the project(s) and paper(s) for a research area in demography or in a demography-related field. (e.g., see CSDE’s primary research areas. Research may have broader impacts, such as scientific contributions to the field or to the well-being of a population. Consider the following:
- What important problem or critical barrier to progress in the research area did (or might) the research project solve?
- What new scientific knowledge was (or might be) advanced by the research?
- Did it (or will it) shift current research or methods in some way?
- How did it (or will it) make this contribution?
- Did it (will it) refine or improve the research question, application of theoretical concepts, the data, methods, or interventions, or offer novel ones?
- Innovations in the research strategy, analytical design or statistical or demographic methods
4. Online Questionnaire
The call for applications will contain a link to the online questionnaire. The confirmation page of the questionnaire includes the responses to the questionnaire, which may be printed/saved directly to a PDF file. Applicants combine this file with the other components of the application into one PDF file, ordered and named according to the call for Fellowship Applications. They then submit the file to the Graduate Program Coordinator or Director in their home department.