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Nelson Saldaña"I am truly grateful for receiving the PSC Alumni Graduate Student Support Fund Award because it gave me critical support to do research as a pre-doc -- including funds to purchase research tools that are normally hard to procure -- as well as boosting my confidence to pursue future innovative work within demography. While I originally intended to use the research for one publication, the research conducted thus far could potentially arise in multiple papers. The PSC Alumni Award has not only given me the opportunity to start a first project, it has also provided me with a research agenda for a lifelong career."

--Nelson Saldaña (PSC Alumni fund recipient, 2013)
[Project Abstract]

PSC Alumni Award for PSC Predoctoral Trainees

Purpose: The funds for this award are provided by PSC alumni. The award is intended to help advance the research careers of current PSC trainees by providing essential support for travel, data collection, and conference expenses not otherwise covered. Awards are up to $5,000.

Eligibility: This competition is open to all PSC predoctoral trainees in the second or third summers of their graduate program. (PSC trainee affiliates are not eligible.) Students must be in good academic standing and have the endorsement of their PSC mentor.

Support: Appropriate use of funds includes, but is not limited to: travel, data procurement or collection, equipment, and conference attendance. Budget may not contain salary for the applicant or costs for summer courses. Each proposed research activity will be evaluated on the basis of potential tangible work products – such as a paper or conference presentation – and the likelihood of completion. Recipients will be informed of their awards in time to make appropriate summer plans.

Application procedure: Eligible PSC trainees will be contacted by the Training Program Administrator by the end of March with application requirements. These include a 2-page description of the research and timeline for completion, a budget and budget justification, a CV and unofficial grade transcript, and an endorsement from the trainee’s PSC mentor.

Expectations: Award recipients are expected to make two progress reports and produce a paper resulting in a conference presentation, research report, or published article.

Annual schedule:

Call for Apps Apps Due Awards Made Grants Begin
March 31 April 20 April 30 May 1