Back in September
"Encouraging Continued Research and Training
of PSC Graduates"
Prof. Albert Hermalin with 2002 Hermalin Scholar, Leticia Marteleto. Dr. Marteleto's research has focused on "The Demographic Transition and Children's Schooling in Brazil."
During his long and distinguished career, Albert Hermalin has devoted himself to the training of demographers from all over the world, to sustained research collaborations with his former students, and to the continued expansion of the boundaries of demography. In honor of his many contributions, the Population Studies Center of the University of Michigan has created the Albert Hermalin Scholars Fund. The Fund will promote continuing education, international collaboration, and interdisciplinary research and training through the use of short-term postdoctoral fellowships, collaborative visits, and expert residencies at the Population Studies Center.
The Population Studies Center and other leading population centers have trained many talented demographers from the United States and abroad. These former students now hold influential positions at universities, governmental units, international agencies, and non-governmental organizations, as well as in the private sector. During their careers, alumni often express a desire for continuing education. New methods in survey research and statistical analysis, new data from the U.S. and other countries, new connections with other fields to pursue problems in aging and health - all of these are areas where demography continues to evolve and where knowledge quickly falls out of date.
The need for continuing education is especially great for alumni in developing countries. These scholars are often asked to provide guidance on important population issues in situations where few trained demographers are available to share the work. It is often difficult for them to find funds for short-term training and they may have few opportunities to interact with other professionals in the field. Demographers in developed countries often face similar problems, though usually less severe. Another important type of continuing education is the need for PSC researchers, students, and alumni to stay abreast of the expansion of demography into a wide range of disciplines, such as the growing importance of biology, medicine, public health, and genetics in population aging and other areas of demography.
The Hermalin Scholars Fund will address the need for continuing education and new interactions between demography and other fields through the following programs:
Recipients of continuing education fellowships will be designated as Albert Hermalin Scholars. Priority for fellowships will be given to Ph.D. alumni of the Population Studies Center, with preference for those with positions in developing countries. Demographers from developing countries who are not alumni, but who are collaborating with PSC/ISR researchers will also be eligible as funds permit.
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.
Prem B. Bhandari. Data Dissemination and Data Analysis Workshop in Nepal. 2013-.
Narayan Sastry. India Travel Grant to Develop a New Research Collaboration. 2013-2014.
Prem B. Bhandari, and Dirgha Ghimire. Data Dissemination and Data Analysis Workshop in Nepal. 2011-2012.
Arland Thornton. Developmental Idealism. 2011-2012.
Arland Thornton. Developmental Idealism Workshop. 2010-2011.
Dirgha Ghimire. Small Grant to Enhance Social Science Research Capacity in Nepal. 2009-2010.