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"To enrich demographic research on fertility and promote durable ties between PSC and overseas scholars and institutions"
Ronald & Deborah Freedman
Established in recognition of the Freedman's major contributions:
The Freedman Fund is an endowment of the Population Studies Center. The goals are to foster social demographic research in developing countries and to promote durable ties between the Center and overseas scholars and institutions. 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.
Dirgha Ghimire. Capacity Building for International Social Science Research. 2013-2014.
Jason Kerwin. Effect of Income Timing and Structure on Savings and Consumption Behavior. 2013-2014.
Emily Ann Marshall. Variations in Reports of Fertility Preferences: Evidence from an Experimental Survey. 2013-2014.
William Story. A comparative approach to validating the measurement of social capital in Bangladesh. 2013-2014.
Shawn F. Dorius. Global Status Hierarchies (continuation). 2012-2013.
Prem B. Bhandari. Measurement of Remittance Use in a Remittance Dependent Economy. 2012-2013.
Dirgha Ghimire. Measurement of Marital Interactions and Relationship Dynamics in Nepal. 2012-2013.
Workshops may be convened at PSC or overseas. Postdoctoral fellowships 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.
PSC Research Faculty, Research Affiliates, Postdoctoral Fellows, and overseas PhD alumni are eligible to apply. Overseas collaborators not affiliated with the Center may be included for support. Support from this fund is distributed via the annual PSC Small Grants Program. Please contact the Center for more information on contributing to the fund.
The Freedman Fund continues the legacy of Ron and Deborah Freedman's research at PSC. Dr. Ronald Freedman has served as president of the Population Association of America and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. his research has focused on reproductive behavior in American and overseas populations, especially in Asia. His interests in developing overseas resources for demographic research are reflected in his roles as coordinator of the Taiwan Population Studies Center (1961-1964) and consultant to family planning programs in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and China, to the Rockefeller and Hewlett Foundations, the Population Council, the World Bank, and the Demographic and Health Surveys.
Dr. Deborah Selin Freedman, 1918-2001, taught for many years in the University's economics department and was also a Research Associate of the Population Studies Center. She published 27 scientific papers in leading economic and demographic journals with special emphasis on population problems in developing countries.
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.