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Kristin Seefeldt"The funds from the PSC small grant that I received were critical in helping me continue a project that has ended up being quite timely, given the recession. In 2006, Helen Levy and I started interviewing a sample of low-income women in Detroit to learn more about how poor families managed economically during an economic downturn. At that time, only Michigan was experiencing difficulties, although soon the rest of the country followed suit. I continued on with the study and have interviewed the women in the sample yearly since 2006. I used data from this study for two of my three dissertation papers."

--Kristin Seefeldt (Weinberg Research Fellowship fund recipient, 2009)
[Project Abstract]

Ronald and Deborah Freedman Fund
for International Population Activities

"To enrich demographic research on fertility and promote durable ties between PSC and overseas scholars and institutions"

Professors Ronald & Deborah Freedman
Ronald & Deborah Freedman

Established in recognition of the Freedman's major contributions:

Purpose: The goals are to foster social demographic research in developing countries and to promote durable ties between the Center and overseas scholars and institutions.

Eligibility: PSC Research Faculty, Research Affiliates, and overseas PhD alumni are eligible to apply. Overseas collaborators not affiliated with the Center may be included for support.

Support: Awards will support research and training with a focus on fertility, family planning, and family dynamics. Activities may include pilot research projects, workshops, postdoctoral visits, short-term postdoctoral fellowships, and travel for collaboration. Pilot research projects may involve preliminary data collection or analysis of existing data. For pilot projects, reviewers will give preference to joint applications between PSC researchers and alumni. Workshops may be convened at PSC or overseas. Support may include participation in summer courses offered by SRC and ICPSR. Travel grants will assist in developing new collaborations; awards solely for the purpose of international travel to present papers at professional meetings will be considered if a paper has been accepted and the meeting will provide an opportunity for new contacts overseas. Proposals that seek to supplement funds from other sources are encouraged.

Application Procedure: Small Grant RFAs are generally issued in December. To streamline the process of applying for PSC's six endowment funds, we use a single Small Grants Application Form for all funds. The PSC Advisory Committee evaluates all proposed activities and determines the most appropriate funding source for those accepted. For additional information, you can consult a list of funded activities in prior years.

Annual schedule:

Call for Apps Apps Due Awards Made Grants Begin
Dec 20 Jan 31 Feb 28 March 1

A video interview, Remembering a Distinguished Career: Ron Freedman Reminisces with Patrick Shields, was produced in 2002 and available for web viewing. Ron Freedman passed away in 2007. A video tribute from Ron's Memorial Gathering is also available.