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Sarah Seelye"The PSC Alumni Graduate Student Support Fund provided me with the means to conduct field research and interviews several days a week over the course of four months in Detroit. The project expenses entailed in travel, transcribing interviews, and incentive payments to respondents otherwise would have been impossible for me to meet. As a result of this support, I have made substantial progress on the project, which looks at residential mobility and neighborhood dynamics in Detroit, and furthered as well my longer term degree and career goals. I have chosen to extend my research and develop some of the ideas I discuss in my paper. I am now working on my dissertation prospectus, which builds directly on the research that grew out of this project. Receiving this generous grant in the early stages of my doctoral program has been invaluable to my growth as a scholar. It provided me with the opportunity to collect my own data and learn first-hand the challenges and rewards of directing a research project."

--Sarah Seelye (PSC Alumni fund recipient, 2013)
[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: To streamline the process of applying for PSC's multiple endowment funds, we use a single Small Grants Application Form for all funds. The application form is made available when award schedules are announced each year. The PSC Advisory Committee evaluates all proposed activities and determines the most appropriate funding source for those accepted. Applicants may gain insight on the kinds of activities supported by browsing a list of awards made in prior years, by fund.

Annual Schedule *

Call for Apps Apps Due Awards Made
April April/May May

* Specific dates will be announced annually

The Marshall Weinberg Summer Research Prize is intended to support the dissertation work of an outstanding graduate student trainee at the Population Studies Center, to help support travel and research. Awards are made annually through a faculty selection process. Applications are not required. For more information, contact the Training Program Administrator.

The Marshall Weinberg Population, Development, and Climate Change Fellows Program provides funding 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. First- and second-year graduate student enrolled in PhD programs from all disciplines are eligible. Applications, generally due in February, are available here. For more information, contact Patrick Shields: peshield@umich.edu or 734.764.8369.