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Fabian T. Pfeffer"I used the Freedman Fund award to support a two week research stay at the Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) to expand a cross-national comparative research on the relationship between parents\' wealth and their children\'s status outcomes to Sweden and to an exciting new type of data source, namely population-level registry data on wealth based on tax records. The registry data accessible at SOFI turned out to be such an impressive collection of data that it will sustain a long-term collaboration that engages in the study of many different aspects around the issue of wealth and opportunities for years to come. This first research trip was a great way to jumpstart this collaboration and has already lead to a first manuscript comparing the degree of wealth inequality in educational and occupational opportunities in the United States, Sweden, and Germany."

--Fabian T. Pfeffer (Freedman fund recipient, 2011)
[Project Abstract]

Marshall Weinberg Research Funds

Marshall Weinberg
After graduating from Michigan, Marshall Weinberg (BA 1950) spent a year of graduate studies at Harvard, went on to Columbia University's Graduate School of Business, and then launched his professional career at the New York investment firm Herzfeld & Stern.

Marshall Weinberg has long been concerned with population issues, in particular how malnutrition, poor health, and lack of education affect societies and how populations impact the environment. Weinberg's philanthropy encompasses these areas at the University of Michigan and beyond.

Here at the Population Studies Center, he has established a number of funds to support PSC trainees and researchers involved in international efforts related to critical population issues.

"I determined that the Population Studies Center is one of the great institutions of its kind in the country," Weinberg says. "And friends told me that I'd do well to invest in the Center."

These awards may be used flexibly in ways the recipients feel will best enhance their ability to complete their research goals. Research Fellowships are distributed to PSC trainees and students through an internal review and approval process.

The Marshall Weinberg Endowment Fund is intended to support junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows and students in conducting research benefiting international populations. The applicant must be a graduate student, postdoctoral fellows, or junior faculty member at the Population Studies Center.

The Marshall Weinberg International Travel Fund is intended to support educational and learning experiences abroad for PSC students and trainees.

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

The Marshall Weinberg Research Fellowship is intended to support the dissertation work of an outstanding graduate student or trainee at the Population Studies Center. Fellowships are awarded through an annual faculty selection process. For more information, contact Heather MacFarland.

The Marshall Weinberg Population, Development, and Climate Change Fellowship provides funding support for students who are considering, or already engaged in, research at the intersection of climate change, demography, and development. Proposed activities must integrate all three substantive areas and have an international component. APPLICATION INFORMATION