2021 PSC Postdoctoral Fellowship

Position Description:

The Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan-Institute for Social Research expects to have three openings for Postdoctoral Fellowships beginning on or about September 1, 2021. These fellowships are sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), focused on supporting research on aging and the health and well-being of older people. Fellows devote most of their time to independent research, but may also take selected courses and/or teach on a light-load basis. Positions offer exceptional opportunity for collaboration with faculty of the Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research on major projects in the U.S. and overseas. The term of fellowship appointment will be for two years, contingent on continued funding. Stipend will be commensurate with experience, based on levels mandated by NIH. Fellowship offers are typically made in mid-February.


The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is a division of the U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH), as such, only U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents are eligible for these fellowships, and applicants must be Citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States at the time of application.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in demography, public health, or one of the social sciences (e.g., sociology, economics, psychology) by the starting date.

Selection will be based on scholarly potential and compatibility with the interests of a faculty mentor. When considering applicants we will take into consideration current NIH guidelines with respect to the scope of population studies research supported by NIA and the NIH priorities for Health Economics Research. More information about NIA and Health Economics Research priorities can be viewed at the URLs below:


Application Instructions:

Applications are accepted through Interfolio. The application window is November 1, 2020 – January 3, 2021. Screening of applications will continue until the position is filled, with full consideration being given to those applications that are complete as of January 3, 2021.

The following application materials are required:

Applications are not considered complete until recommendation letters are received.


Questions may be emailed to: pscpostdoctoralrecruitment@umich.edu

The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan seeks to recruit diverse postdoctoral fellows as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to ground our research in varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. The University of Michigan is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

The University of Michigan is considered one of the foremost research universities in the United States, and is ranked #1 in research volume among public universities, according to the National Science Foundation. The University of Michigan has conducted the largest volume of research of any public university in the United States for eight consecutive years. In FY19, the volume of research at the University of Michigan totaled $1.62 billion, a 4.8% increase from FY18. The federal government remains an essential partner in the university’s research endeavors, funding 55 percent of the university’s total volume of research in FY 2019. Federal investment totaled nearly $900 million, which supported U-M research that improves public health, bolsters economic competitiveness and strengthens national security. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which includes the National Institutes of Health and is consistently the largest external sponsor of U-M research, provided $616 million in FY 2019. Our academic programs rank in the top 5 public universities nationally. The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving, and applying knowledge, art and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

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