Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Requirements During the Fellowship

  1. Curriculum:

    1. Complete the two core courses in demography, Sociology/CSDE 513 (Demography and Ecology) and Sociology 533 (Research Methods in Demography), and the Population Studies Proseminar Series, CSDE 502. The series consists of three courses. The Autumn and Spring Proseminars are currently one credit each and the Winter quarter is currently two quarters.
  2. Collaborate with Mentor:

    1. The collaboration should be beneficial and productive for the fellow and mentor. CSDE expects to  follow up with you and your CSDE affiliate faculty mentor about the quality and productivity of your apprenticeship program during the Winter or Spring quarter of your first fellowship year; however, please follow up with the Training Director or Assistant Training Director sooner if you have any concerns.
    2.  The expectation is that 15 hours each week, on average, will be devoted to a collaborative project that will be independent of the thesis and dissertation.
    3. Academic advisors may serve as mentors only if they are a CSDE Affiliate.
    4. Arrangements with your faculty mentor should be discussed with the CSDE Training Director or Assistant Training Director and approved before you begin your fellowship.
  3. Participate in Interdisciplinary Program:

    1. Enroll and actively participate in the CSDE interdisciplinary Seminar Series, CSDE 501, and in interdisciplinary workshops, panels and other activities during the time slot, in autumn, winter and spring quarters for the duration of the funding period. The seminar meets Fridays when classes are in session. The seminar and related activities begin at 12:30 PM and may extend to 2:15 PM.
  4. Professional Development:

    1. Collaborate or take the lead in hosting out-of-town guest speakers.
      1. Fellows are strongly encouraged to suggest speakers to present at the interdisciplinary seminar and to ask them to read a manuscript written by the Fellow and discuss the Fellow’s research in a group meeting with CSDE Trainees and in a one-on-one meeting with the Fellow. Fellows will be asked to serve as primary hosts, where they are responsible for organizing and overseeing a schedule for the visitor and introducing the speaker, among other duties.
      2. Fellows organize and moderate a graduate student post-seminar discussion with the guest speaker. The fellow host is responsible for initiating and maintaining an interesting and useful discussion. The fellow host is encouraged to review the guest speaker’s research interests and publications and read one of their articles in advance, so that they can prepare thoughtful and relevant questions that address the speaker’s research, as well as career development issues. Fellow cohosts are encouraged to join the CSDE hosted group lunch or another meal and may be asked to walk with the speaker to or from the meal or the seminar
    2. Fellows may be asked to serve on CSDE committees and participate in other activities.
  5. Reporting Requirements:

    1. Submit progress reports and evaluations of the training program at the end of the spring quarter, or more frequently.
    2. Respond promptly to all CSDE and NIH inquiries regarding professional progress for up to 10 years post award.
  6. Compliance with NIH and UW Policies:

    1. Comply with all NIH and University of Washington policies, including the following:
      1. The NIH Public Access Policy requires authors to deposit manuscripts upon acceptance for publication to the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central, if the journal does not submit the manuscript on behalf of the authors. Papers deposited in PubMed Central will receive a unique identifier, PMCID followed by a series of numbers. Please email the identifier and the citation to For additional information click here.
      2. Appropriately acknowledge NIH and CSDE support. If presentations or publications result from your research, please be advised of the following:
        1. Each publication, press release, or other document or presentation about research supported by this award must include an acknowledgment of NIH award support. The acknowledgement can be copied from here.
        2. NIH requests the inclusion of the disclaimer “ The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.”
      3. The NIH and the UW strongly encourage students to outline their plan for professional growth in an Individual Development Plan (IDP). All new cohorts of trainees and Fellows are asked to complete and maintain an IDP and to discuss their IDP periodically with their mentors so that they achieve a mutual understanding of the student’s personal and professional goals. Fellows are also encouraged to discuss their IDP with the CSDE Training Director or Assistant Training Director who may work with them to help them achieve their plans. This is required in the fall quarter Proseminar (CSDE 502)
      4. Complete online training in Human Subjects Protection, as required in the spring quarter Ethics Proseminar (CSDE 502) and comply with all regulations of the UW Human Subjects Division. IRB approval is required before starting research involving human subjects.
      5. Obtain an eRA Commons login number. Please see John Kemner, the CSDE Administrator, about this.
      6. Supplementation and Compensation:
        1. Since the number of graduate students exceeds the supply of financial awards, students supported by CSDE fellowships may hold only one award, except under circumstances that will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to ensure that stipend supplementation or additional compensation for work complies with NIH policy.
          1. Fellow trainees cannot receive money from other assistantships, fellowships, or jobs without pre-approval. Consideration will be given to the fellow’s academic progress, the career building benefit of the activity, and its potential impact on academic progress and other fellowship requirements.
          2. The use of Public Health Service (PHS) funds for supplementation is prohibited (NIHGPS Funds provided as compensation for work such as teaching or research are allowable, and may be funded by Federal grants, including PHS research grants as long as the research is not the same research conducted for the dissertation or fellowship research (NIHGPS
          3. Fellow trainees are expected to devote full time to the proposed research training (NIHGPS Therefore, compensation must be for limited part-time employment apart from the normal full-time training activities. Supplementation or compensation, if approved, must not interfere with, detract from, or prolong the training program.

The Role of Mentors in the Fellowship Program