Weigh in on Ideas for NIH Common Fund Programs

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Common Fund supports exceptionally innovative programs that are inherently high-risk but have the potential for high-payoff by catalyzing research across all of NIH and in the biomedical research community.

New ideas for Common Fund programs are identified annually by internal and external scientists and stakeholders. We are now asking your input on these ideas to help us shape new programs for 2013.

We want to know which ideas you think have the potential to fundamentally change how we think about, support, or do research in a specific field, or to create a new field all together.

Provide your input today: http://commonfund.nih.gov/strategicplanning/

August 8, 2011
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Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp) (PA-14-077) February 5, 2014
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The NSF has published a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) On Proposal Preparation and Award Administration April 4, 2011
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Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) on Multidisciplinary Studies in HIV/AIDS and Aging (R01) March 9, 2012
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Update: NIH Public Access Policy & the NIH RePORTER July 13, 2011
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NIA welcoming applications using the National Longitudinal Mortality Study (NLMS) March 1, 2013
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New Program -- ELISS: Emerging Leaders In Science and Society

ELISS is a one–year, competitive, extracurricular program for graduate and professional students in all fields. ELISS fellows will work with other fellows and mentors in one of two theme areas, Health & Wellbeing or Energy & Environment, to analyze a timely issue (e.g. childhood obesity or invasive species).

You must complete a pre–application by Friday, June 14. Eligible pre–applicants will receive a link to the full application during the week of June 17 which must be completed by Monday, July 15.

May 8, 2013
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Call for Proposals: 2015-2016 "Trio" Pilot Project Competition (Deadline Extended!!!)
February 4, 2015
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Call for Papers: 2016 Cumberland Lodge Colloquium
Cumberland Lodge
Windsor, UK

Undoubtedly, many of the most pressing challenges of our age relate to changes in human population. Many people believe that the world is overpopulated and that population growth is causing significant social, economic and environmental harm. However, countries with low rates of population growth are struggling to cope with an ageing population and a shrinking workforce. Yet these issues receive little attention from academics, and public debate is often led by unconsidered opinion and ideological divides about the ethics of birth and death. This presents opportunities for interdisciplinary researchers to break new ground and make significant contributions to contemporary policy decisions.

This colloquium will explore different perspectives on moral issues relating to human population.  Topics covered throughout the day will include: the morality of procreative decision-making, the shifting contours of individual lives, the relationship between human populations and the environment and the effect of demographic changes on human wellbeing. Our goal is to bring together scholars with an interest in these interrelated issues from theoretical and scientific perspectives with practitioners and policy makers, to spark debates and to stimulate collaborations. We hope to draw on a growing body of research on population and ethics in philosophy, demography, political science, anthropology, geography, sociology, ecology and reproductive health. We are seeking to select up to 8 presentations, with a preference for work from early career researchers and postgraduates, that explore the following topics:

  1. The morality of birth: Are procreative decisions moral decisions, and if so what norms and values govern then? How do these decisions interact with wider moral and political debates, or are they essentially private?
  2. The changing shape of society: Shifting age demographics and family structures are altering the structure of our communities. How are these changes affecting the balance of responsibilities between generations and how should societies react?
  3. Human populations and the environment: Are population controls an appropriate response to environmental change, or are consumption, technology and behaviour more important? Is it right to give priority to expanding human populations, when populations of other species are collapsing?
  4. Optimum demographics: Is there such a thing as an optimum population size, and how should this be determined? Are there optimum levels for other demographic features, such as growth rate or age structure, that promote wellbeing and human development?


In order to maximise the impact of this emerging field of interdisciplinary research, participants will be able to contribute their ideas to a video on population ethics that we will be producing in collaboration with the Westminster think tank Common Vision. Successful applicants will have their registration fee and travel costs provided free of charge.

To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of 500 words or less outlining the content of your proposed presentation to populationethics@cumberlandlodge.ac.uk. Deadline for submission: 3rd July 2016 Notification of acceptance: 22nd July 2016

June 20, 2016
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Call for Papers: International Workshop on Demography and Gender
International Union for the Scientific Study of Population
Paris, France

While the dichotomous sex variable (male/female) is central to all analyses of mortality, fertility and migration, its meaning is complex and rarely discussed. What are demographers talking about when they use the words male and female? Does the sex variable refer to biological characteristics, a perceived identity, membership to a social group? The way in which the sex variable is interpreted is of key importance, given that fertility behaviours and mortality risks are closely linked to both the biological and social conditions of each individual. Yet many demographic indicators are different for males and females (life expectancy at birth, age at first childbirth, etc.). What hypotheses have been put forward to explain sexually differentiated demographic behaviours? To what extent do these explanations incorporate the question of gender relations, i.e. the power relations between men and women, and of gender differences in social status? More generally, how do demographic and quantitative approaches reveal inequalities between men and women?

The question of sexually differentiated demographic and social behaviours (fertility, mortality, migration, health, education, professional life, etc.) is closely linked to that of gender inequality. One recent publication1 describes social progress regarding gender in France, and the persisting gender inequalities . More women are getting an education and have a stronger presence in the labour force, yet compared with men, they less frequently opt for the most "lucrative" fields in the job market and remain at a disadvantage in terms of salaries and promotions. They still perform the majority of domestic and parenting tasks, and are the main victims of domestic and sexual violence. But demography also provides examples of "reverse inequality", since women have a longer life expectancy than men (though a shorter healthy life expectancy).




Young researchers (Master's and PhD students, young researchers who defended their PhD after 2009) are invited to present their research findings and explain how gender issues are addressed in their work. The workshop will be organized around the 4 main demographic themes. Contributions with an international comparative dimension are especially welcome.

  • Births, fertility and family

How have gender equality movements contributed to change in family structures? How is birth control negotiated between partners (contraception, abortion, desired number of children)? What do we know about men’s fertility?

  • Marriage, conjugal life and sexuality

How do gender norms affect interactions in a couple? How do men and women experience their sexualities at different stages of their relationship (beginning of the relationship, divorce or separation)? Has the diversification of types of couple (unmarried cohabiting couples, non cohabiting couples, etc.) allowed for a greater equality between partners?

  • Migration, mobility and minorities

How do migration theories take into account the concept of gender? Do men and women have different reasons to migrate, or different ways of migrating? How can research on intersectionality improve our understanding of migration dynamics?

  • Mortality, ageing and health

Ageing is a major feature of developed countries’ populations, and it implies different challenges for men and women. How can the gap in life expectancy between men and women (biological condition, social behaviours) be explained? What are the living conditions of older men and women (in terms of health, social support, standard of living, etc.)?

Proposals (between 300 and 500 words, in English or French) should include your name, the name and address of your institution, the title of the paper and keywords. Please send them by email to the address colloque.cridup@gmail.com before July 11th, 2016 (format .doc or .pdf). Authors whose papers have been selected will be informed at the end of July and will be invited to send the text of their paper before September 20th.

June 20, 2016
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Call for Papers: Future Well-Being of the Elderly
Industrial Alliance Research Chair on the Economics of Demographic Change, Quebec Inter-University Centre for Social Statistics (QICSS), Center for Inter-University Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO)
Montreal, Quebec

Around the world, the economic conditions of the elderly are changing rapidly. On one hand, we are seeing the new elderly reach retirement with significant financial assets, in particular among households where both spouses have extensive labor market experience. On the other hand, transformations in the workplace imply that employer pension plans are vastly different from what they were in the past, leading retirees to face potentially more risks – and more complex decisions – than they did. Adding to these factors, trends in population health are mixed, some forces indicating that the future elderly will be healthier while others would suggest more years spent in worse health. With governments beginning to feel the heat from these mounting pressures, and societies – including employers offering retirement saving programs – looking to adapt, this conference aims to shed further light on various dimensions of the well-being of the future elderly population.

Conference organizers are seeking communications that focus on the following dimensions:

  1. Economic conditions of the elderly (e.g. poverty, wealth, income, subjective well-being)
  2. Health and cognitive status of the elderly
  3. Consumption, expenditures and time use of the elderly
  4. Value of insurance against various risks faced at older ages
  5. Informal and formal care for the elderly
  6. Relationship between retiree well-being and earlier economic and life conditions

In particular, the conference seeks to present applied research that exploits longitudinal data from various countries or that is comparative in nature. Organizers are also interested more generally in quantitative research that helps to better understand the behaviour and well-being of the elderly; such research may be rooted in economics, demography, sociology, epidemiology, or in other social and health disciplines. Organizers are pleased to announce the following keynote speakers for the event: • Axel Börsch-Supan, Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy • Arie Kapteyn, Center for Economic and Social Research, University of Southern California Approximately 10 papers will be presented over these two days in a format convenient for feedback and discussions. Take a look at the PDF for more information. Those interested in presenting at the conference should send a complete draft of their paper to David Boisclair (boisclad@gmail.com), coordinator of the Industrial Alliance Research Chair on the Economics of Demographic Change, no later than September 1st, 2016. Authors whose paper is accepted for presentation at the conference will have their travel expenses covered by the organizers.

June 21, 2016
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2017 PAA Call for Papers
Population Association of America
Chicago, IL

For more information about submitting a paper click here.

September 23, 2016
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Call for Abstracts: 2017 Population and Public Policy Conference
Houston, TX

You are cordially invited to submit abstracts for papers, discussion topics, and posters for the 2017 Population and Public Policy Conference which will be held in Houston Texas from January 6-8. A reception will be held the evening of Friday January 6th, with a full day of sessions on Saturday, January 7th and a half day session on Sunday, January 8th. The conference is sponsored by the Hobby Center of Public Policy, University of Houston, Center for Geospatial and Population Studies, University of New Mexico and the International Applied Demography Association. The main aim of the conference is to bring together educators and policy makers from the U.S. and around the world to network, educate and share their experience with students. We would also like encourage graduate students to submit their research for presentation.   

Please feel free to distribute this call for abstracts to anyone who might be interested in presenting their research at the 2017 Population and Public Policy Conference. The deadline for abstract submission is September 30, 2016. However, we encourage you to submit your abstract at your earliest convenience. Please submit your abstract to Nazrul Hoque at mnhoque@uh.edu. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting. 


Nazrul Hoque

Dely Alcantara

David A. Swanson 

June 14, 2016
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Call for Papers: International Seminar on Urban Health Transformations
International Union for the Scientific Study of Population
Cambridge, UK

Health in urban areas has played a major role in determining trajectories of demographic growth, economic success and individual and community well-being across time. However the relationship between health and urban space has not been constant over either time or place. Before the early twentieth century, towns and cities suffered a probably universal urban mortality penalty, and in some periods acted as ‘demographic sinks’, characterized by high death rates largely due to air and water-borne infections. The improvement of urban environments, together with the development of better preventive and curative medical services which tend to be based in cities, means that urban areas today have lower mortality than their surrounding areas. Although the decline of mortality in urban areas has been studied, there is little consensus about how urban spaces were transformed from unhealthy to healthy places. Such changes are unlikely to have happened at the same time or stage of industrial, economic or infrastructural development in every place, but it has not been established whether there are any key developments which are necessary or sufficient for such transformations to occur. Attempts have been made to link declines in mortality to the introduction of sanitation and water supply, but with mixed success. The roles of housing, street paving, air pollution, and animal keeping in fostering a hostile disease environment have been addressed less often. Municipal governance and institutions have been linked variously to poorer and to better health. How migration contributes to observed mortality rates is also poorly understood: migrants seeking work or a better life are often selected for better health, but may lack immunities to specific urban diseases. Chronic conditions such as tuberculosis may be linked to return or health-seeking migration, and such factors make it hard to disentangle the ways that migration, as other possible influences, might be linked to health outcomes.

We invite any paper which investigates the transformation of urban health or demographic regimes and we hope to gather a programme which will allow comparisons of a range of places which experienced urban growth of different speeds and characters, or with different disease environments. We welcome papers addressing a wide spectrum of historical eras from the earliest cities up to the present day, and from all continents. We invite contributions from a variety of aspects including: the demographic risks of mortality and ill-health for individuals, groups and places, and the development of institutions and infrastructure and the health environment. Studies focusing on particular components of mortality (e.g. by age or cause) are encouraged as well as those which investigate less easily measured aspects of health. We welcome those who can examine the spatial details of urban health using GIS, and those who aim to shed light on the role of migration.

Online Submissions:

The IUSSP Panel on Historical Demography invites researchers to submit online by 30 September 2016 a short 200-word abstract AND an extended abstract (2 to 4 pages, including tables) or a full unpublished paper for consideration. To submit an abstract please fill out the online submission form here: ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM.

Both short and detailed abstracts must be submitted in English. The working language of the meeting is English, and presentations and final papers must be in English. The seminar will be limited to about 20 contributed papers. Submission should be made by the author who will attend the seminar. If the paper is co-authored, please include the names of your co-authors in your submission form (in the appropriate order). Applicants will be informed whether their paper is accepted by 1 November 2016. Participants must submit their complete paper by 31 May 2017. 

In addition to dissemination through posting on the member-restricted portion of the IUSSP website, seminar organizers will explore possibilities for publishing the papers as an edited volume or a special issue of a journal. Papers submitted should be unpublished and, as for a journal or an edited book, authors, by submitting a paper, agree they will not propose it for publication to another editor until the committee makes a decision with regard to its possible publication. Current funding for the seminar is very limited. All participants will need to cover their own travel costs. If available, funding would pay only for meals and accommodation, and would be restricted to IUSSP members in good standing with priority for participants from less wealthy nations. Funding would also be contingent upon submission of a complete paper of acceptable quality by the deadline for papers.

For further information, please contact Seminar Organizers: Alice Reid (amr1001@cam.ac.uk), Diego Ramiro (diego.ramiro@cchs.csic.es), and Romola Davenport 


June 20, 2016
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Call for Papers: 2017 International Health Policy Conference
London, UK

LSE Health & Social Care and the LSE’s Department of Social Policy announces a call for papers for the inaugural International Health Policy Conference, to be held at the LSE from 16th -19th February 2017. This unique conference seeks to bring together academics and policy-makers from a wide range of disciplines to take a multi-disciplinary approach to key health and social care issues.

Papers are invited for submission to any of the five themes outlined below. It is envisaged that a range of disciplines will be represented within these themes, including, but not limited to, health economics, political science, law, demography, epidemiology, sociology, and psychology.

  • Theme 1: International health systems: Health systems financing; international health reforms; global health and sustainable development; performance measurement; and health inequalities.
  • Theme 2: Social care and mental health: Economic aspects of community care, residential and nursing home provision, long-term care finance, and mental health policy.
  • Theme 3: Regulation and assessment of health technologies: Assessment of pharmaceuticals and medical devices; sustainability of health care financing; economic access to health technologies; and pharmaceutical policy.
  • Theme 4: Behaviour: Understanding and changing behaviour at the individual and population level; role of behavioural insights in public policy making.
  • Theme 5: Population Studies: Aging; life course, socio-economic and intergenerational influences on individual and population health.

Papers on topics that fall outside of these specified themes will also be considered for presentation at the conference.

Abstracts should be submitted by email to ihpc2017@lse.ac.uk. Please include details of your full name, organisational affiliation and email address. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to give an oral or poster presentation at the conference. Authors are welcome to make more than one submission, but only one paper per first-named author will be accepted for oral presentation. The best papers, including the best PhD paper (see below) will be invited to submit for consideration in a special issue of the journal, Health, Economics, Policy and Law.

Key dates:
October 1, 2016 – deadline for submission of abstracts
October 31, 2016 – notification of acceptance of successful papers
November 30, 2016 – deadline for early-bird registration
January 15, 2017 – submission of completed papers

June 20, 2016
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Call for Abstracts: Mini-Conference on Digital Sociology
Eastern Sociological Society
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, Philadelphia, PA

The Digital Sociology Mini-Conference seeks papers that address the many ways digital media technologies are “revolutionizing” everyday life.  Suggested topics, include, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  • Critical Theories of Everyday Digital Life: How have we theorized everyday life, and how are these theories being challenged by digital transformations? What challenges does the digital pose to epistemologies underlying sociological theories of the everyday? 
  • Digital Labor: How is the “gig economy” shifting the means of production, alienation from labor, and wages? How is creating online content a form of labor and who benefits from this? What are the consequences for social life of temporary labor done primarily online? 
  • Digital Citizenship: Given the changing landscapes of public and private life, what does it mean to be a citizen in the digital era? Do the affordances of ditigal technologies changes our responsibilities as citizens? How do citizens respond to moves toward “open government” in an era of pervasive government surveillance?
  • Digital Structures, Digital Institutions: The datafication of everyday life is posing unique challenges to the composition of social institutions and giving rise to new instantiations of education, finance, labor, and governance. How do we theorize, study, and conceptualize the re-composition of these institutions?
  • Digital Sociological Methods: How do traditional, analog sociological methods become digital? Are there new, “born digital” sociological methods? Is knowledge production different now? Will big data replace survey methodology?
  • Identity, Community, and Networks: How do sociological concepts of micro and macro, personal and public, “front stage” and “back stage,” evolve as digital and mobile technologies increasingly blur these boundaries? How do digital environments shape identities of race, gender, sexuality and queerness?
  • Social Movements, Digital Technologies: Given the increasing attention to social media as a tool used by both political and social movements and campaigns in the U.S. and abroad, we invite papers that address the connections between movements and media. Topics may include but are not limited to comparisons of online and offline activism, risks and costs associated with online activism, comparisons of traditional and social media, online activist identity, and ways in which social media platforms transmit movement content such as frames.
  • Digital Pedagogy: How are educators using digital tools to teach in innovative ways?

We encourage submissions from scholars at all levels, and are particularly enthusiastic to support the work of graduate students and early career researchers. We welcome submissions for individual papers and for entirely constituted sessions. The organizers share a commitment to creating a field that honors diverse voices, and as such are excited to see scholars from groups that are typically underrepresented in sociology. When proposing entirely constituted panels, please keep this commitment to diverse voices in mind.

If you have any questions about proposals, topics, or session ideas please contact one of the organizers: Leslie Jones (lesjones@sas.upenn.edu), Rachel Durso (rdurso2@washcoll.edu)  or Jessie Daniels (jdaniels@hunter.cuny.edu). For individual presentations, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words, as well as the title of the paper, name of presenter, institutional affiliation and contact details. Please email your submissions to ESSDigitalSociology@gmail.com.



October 4, 2016
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Call for Abstracts: Comparative Workshop on Adult Mortality Determinants
University of California Berkeley Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging-CEDA
USC/UCLA Center for Biodemography and Population Health
University of California at Berkeley

This workshop is designed to share leading research methods and findings on comparative patterns of adult mortality risk factors in low and middle income countries (LMIC), following-up on an inaugural workshop held on this topic at USC in February 2016. The goal is to build a robust evidence base for understanding the drivers of cross-national mortality and health expectancy patterns, especially in populations with unusually high or low adult mortality. The newly expanded availability of longitudinal HRS-type surveys in LMIC make this an opportune time to gather a network of researchers using such data to study mortality patterns, in order to share innovative methods, new results, and ideas for the most promising research agenda going forward.

We solicit presentations of papers using longitudinal data from one or more LMIC, particularly from harmonized HRS family studies (see https://g2aging.org/) in China (CHARLS), Costa Rica (CRELES), Ghana (SAGE), Korea (KLOSA), Indonesia (IFLS), Mexico (MHAS), and South Africa (SAGE). We also encourage use of other LMIC micro-data with mortality follow-ups, e.g. from Taiwan (SEBAS), China (CLHLS), South Africa (HAALSI), and elsewhere, as well as comparisons with data from higher income countries such as the US (HRS), Japan (JSTAR or NUJLSOA), England (ELSA), and Europe (SHARE).

The sponsors will cover hotel accommodations and meals during the workshop. Participants should be prepared to bear other costs associated with travel to the conference. This will be a small meeting of about 30 people. We invite one-page abstracts, which should be submitted by October 21st to evasile@berkeley.edu. For inquiries about topical areas please contact Will Dow wdow@berkeley.edu and Eileen Crimmins Crimmin@usc.edu. For further information please contact CEDA Executive Director Elizabeth Vasile (evasile@berkeley.edu).

October 4, 2016
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The Fels Institute of Public Policy has announced new funding opportunties for working group grants
Fels Institute of Public Policy

The Fels Policy Research Initiative seeks to increase the visibility and impact of Penn’s policy-relevant research. Because policy topics characteristically span the disciplinary boundaries of the academy, FPRI’s Collaborative Working Group Grants will support the formation of faculty working groups that gather a variety of perspectives around a topic. The grants will support working groups designed to stimulate deeper discussion on neglected or emerging areas, develop new research ideas and agendas, and heighten awareness of the policy implications of research. We hope to accelerate exploration and early collaboration and to identify potential projects for further development. These grants, for up to $15,000, can be used to support a series of talks, a series of related workshops, or some other new collaboration made possible with funding.

October 24, 2016
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Calls for Proposals: Population-Level Trends in Dementia
National Institute of Aging and Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging

With financial support from NIA, we seek proposals for manuscripts assessing various aspects of population level trends in dementia. The authors will present the manuscripts at a conference in the Washington DC area in May or June 2017. We anticipate that the manuscripts will be published as part of a supplemental issue of a peer-reviewed journal, and we are currently in discussions with Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences.

Four priority areas have been identified:

  1. latest data on population-level trends in dementia from the US and abroad;
  2. disparities in trends in dementia;
  3. causes of population-level trends in dementia;
  4. consequences of population-level trends in dementia for individuals, families, and societies.

Authors of each of the 10 manuscripts that are selected will receive a $3000 honorarium. Travel expenses associated with participation in the conference will also be covered.The 2-3 page proposal should describe the aim of the manuscript as well as data and methods to be used. If initial findings exist, they may be described. Please include CVs of the authors along with the proposal.

The deadline for proposals is Friday, November 18, 2016. Please submit proposals to Rhonda Moats at rmoats@umich.edu. Authors will be notified by December 9, 2016. Questions about the call for proposals should be directed to Bob Schoeni (bschoeni@umich.edu).

Bob Schoeni, Vicki Freeman, Ken Langa 

University of Michigan 

Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging 

Disability TRENDS Network 

Find more information here.

September 20, 2016
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Associate Professor of Demography Job Opportunity at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

We have an exciting opportunity for a full time Population Scientist to work as an Associate Professor for 4 years working on demography projects at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. This post is a great opportunity for a talented academic with relevant skills and a commitment to population research, which will allow the successful candidate to work with some of the world’s research leaders in the field of demography and health.

October 13, 2016
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Call for Proposals: Computational Social Science
Russel Sage Foundation

Social science research on many topics has often been hampered by the limitations associated with survey data. However, the digital age has rapidly increased access to large and comprehensive data sources such as public and private administrative databases, and unique new sources of information from online transactions, social-media interactions, and internet searches. New computational tools also allow for the extraction, coding, and analysis of large volumes of text. Advances in analytical methods for exploiting and analyzing data have accompanied the rise of these data. The emergence of these new data also raises questions about access, privacy and confidentiality.

The Russell Sage Foundation’s initiative on Computational Social Science (CSS) supports innovative social science research that brings new data and methods to bear on questions of interest in its core programs in Behavioral Economics, Future of Work, Race, Ethnicity and Immigration, and Social Inequality. Limited consideration will be given to questions that pertain to core methodologies, such as causal inference and innovations in data collection. Examples of research (some recently funded by RSF) that are of interest include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • Linked Administrative Data
  • Private Administrative Data
  • Machine-Learning
  • Online Surveys and Experiments
  • Text Analysis
  • Social Media

For more information about RSF funding click here.

September 20, 2016
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Max Plank Institute for Demographic Research is accepting applications for a Statistical Analyst position
Max Plank Institute for Demographic Research

The Statistical Analyst will support the research carried out by the Max Planck Research Group: Gender Gaps in Health and Survival (GGHS) by performing statistical programming and by analyzing large datasets, particularly register datasets and population-based survey datasets. The analyst will also be responsible for cleaning and preparing datasets for analysis, and for providing assistance as needed with other data management activities.

October 13, 2016
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Max Plank Institute for Demographic Research is accepting applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellow or Research Scientist
Max Plank Institute for Demographic Research

The post-doc / research scientist will carry out research within the Max Planck Research Group: Gender Gaps in Health and Survival. His/her research will focus on investigating gender differences in health and mortality by ethnic background, and on examining the respective roles of social position, civil status and reproduction in driving these differences. The research interests of the group also encompass health trends at older ages, determinants of long-term care use, cohort differences in health at older ages, and related topics. The post-doc may also be asked to help teach some courses, co-supervise PhD students, organize workshops and lectures, and assist in the daily running of the group. Knowledge of German is not a requirement.

October 13, 2016
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AFAR accepting applications for Research Grants for Junior Faculty
American Federation for Aging Research

The major goal of this program is to assist in the development of the careers of junior investigators committed to pursuing careers in the field of aging research. AFAR supports research projects concerned with understanding the basic mechanisms of aging. Projects investigating age-related diseases are also supported, especially if approached from the point of view of how basic aging processes may lead to these outcomes. Projects concerning mechanisms underlying common geriatric functional disorders are also encouraged, as long as these include connections to fundamental problems in the biology of aging. Projects that deal strictly with clinical problems such as the diagnosis and treatment of disease, health outcomes, or the social context of aging are not eligible. For more information about the eligibility, guidelines, and application procedures click here.

October 13, 2016
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RAND Postdoctoral Training Program in the Study of Aging

The RAND Postdoctoral Training Program in the Study of Aging enables outstanding junior scholars in demographic and aging research to sharpen their analytic skills, learn to communicate research results effectively, and advance their research agenda. Housed within RAND Labor and Population, the program blends formal and informal training and extensive collaboration with distinguished researchers in a variety of disciplines. Fellowships are for one year, renewable for a second. Each fellow receives an annual stipend, travel stipend and health insurance.

Fellows must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and must have completed a Ph.D. (or its equivalent) in a relevant discipline before they begin the program. The RAND Fellows program is open to new scholars in the field of demographic and aging research, as well as individuals who already have research experience on these topics. For example, in some cases, fellows are on leave from an academic position so they can engage in research and writing full time, and extend their research agenda and funding base.

The Program gives Fellows a great opportunity to jump-start their research careers. After completing the program, RAND Fellows have taken positions at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Minnesota, Johns Hopkins University, SUNY Stony Brook, the World Bank, and CDC, for example.

October 4, 2016
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Korean Millennials Project announces a new Postdoctoral Fellow Position
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Korean Millennials: Coming of Age in the Era of Inequality, a Laboratory Program for Korean Studies funded by the Academy of Korean Studies and housed in the Population Studies Center (PSC) at the University of Pennsylvania, is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship. This one-year Postdoctoral fellowship begins September 1, 2017 and ends August 31, 2018.

The Korean Millennials Laboratory includes Director, Hyunjoon Park (Sociology, University of Pennsylvania) and four Laboratory Fellows - Grace Kao (Sociology, University of Pennsylvania), Seung-kyung Kim (East Asian Languages and Cultures, Indiana University), Joongbaeck Kim (Sociology, KyungHee University), and Jaesung Choi (Economics, Sungkyunkwan University). The details of the Korean Millennials Laboratory can be found at the website, http://web.sas.upenn.edu/koreanmillennials/. The postdoctoral fellow will engage in research and develop publications focused on Korean Millennials and their transition to adulthood. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to remain in residence at the University of Pennsylvania during the period of the fellowship, and to participate in various activities of the Laboratory including regular project meetings and the weekly colloquium of the Population Studies Center.

For more information about the requirements and details of the position click here.

February 1, 2017
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Call for Abstracts: Mathematical Population Studies
Stephen A. Matthews, Professor of Sociology, Anthropology & Demography (Courtesy Geography) at Penn State, seeks high-quality manuscripts for submission for a theme issue on “spatial and mathematical demography” to be published in the journal Mathematical Population Studies (Taylor and Francis Science Publishers, SSCI). He is especially interested in submissions that leverage geospatial and contextual data to investigate substantive demographic questions, integrate theory, measurement and careful data analysis, use new and innovative methods, and harness large-scale demographic data sets or use emergent data. Submissions focusing on econometric analysis, small area estimation, Bayesian spatial and hierarchical modeling, spatio-temporal analysis and spatial simulation are strongly encouraged. He encourages all those interested in submitting an abstract to consult the Mathematical Population Studies website http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/gmps20/current for general information on the journal and to examine back issues and published papers.
March 31, 2017
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Etienne Van de Walle Prize for the Best Graduate Student Paper in Demography

This award honors the memory of Etienne van de Walle, a world-renowned Penn demographer who was tireless in his support of graduate training and research. Graduate students are invited to submit papers for the Etienne van de Walle Prize. The Prize is awarded every other year for the best paper in demography written by a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania. Submissions for the 2017 prize are due on 22 November 2017. Students from any discipline may submit a paper. The prize, including a cash award, will be announced in December 2017.  The winner will be asked to present the paper at the Population Studies Center colloquium in February 2018. The submission, a paper or a dissertation chapter, should be equivalent to an article suitable for a demography journal, e.g., a length of approximately 30 double-spaced pages, excluding tables, figures, notes, and bibliography.  The submission must be a single-authored paper. The paper must have been written since July 2015 and while the student was still in a Ph.D. program at Penn. All submissions should be sent to Tanya Yang by 22 November 2017.

June 12, 2017
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School of Social Policy and Practice New Position: Administrative Data Research Facilities Network Coordinator
Social Policy & Practice

The primary purpose of this position is to serve as the Administrative Data Research Facilities (ADRF) Network Administrator at the School of Social Policy & Practice. The Network Administrator, will direct the day-to-day operations of the center and will support the establishment of the Sloan ADRF Network through the following three, key activities: (1) developing a network governance process, (2) organizing annual PI meetings and network conferences, and (3) creating a communications plan that includes a website and monthly newsletter. The Network Coordinator is expected to establish collegial and collaborative relationships with researchers and faculty at the Penn Population Studies Center. Here is an in-depth description of this position.

December 22, 2016
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NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) - Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP)
National Science Foundation

The Division of Graduate Education announces the continuation of the Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP). GRIP provides professional development to NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellows (referred to as "Fellows") through internships developed in partnership with federal agencies (see https://www.nsf.gov/grip for a current list of partner agencies). Through GRIP, Fellows participate in mission-related, collaborative research under the guidance of host research mentors at federal facilities and national laboratories. GRIP enhances the Fellows' professional skills, professional networks, and preparation for a wide array of career options. The sponsor agencies benefit by engaging Fellows in applied projects, helping to develop a highly skilled U.S. workforce in areas of national need.

Through GRIP, Fellows benefit from partnerships developed by NSF and other federal agencies to provide internship opportunities. Internship details for each partner agency differ and are available through links to agency websites. As additional agencies develop internship partnerships with NSF, updates will be made to the GRIP website (https://www.nsf.gov/grip).

April 27, 2018
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Perry World House Graduate Associates Program
Perry World House

This competitive program is intended for all graduate students from any School or department who have demonstrated a serious interest in exploring world affairs in depth during their time at Penn. This program is for students who want to complement their engagement in global affairs within a vibrant community of scholars, students, and visitors while also developing professional skills relevant to shaping policy. Students will receive a $1,000 stipend for their participation in this program.

May 4, 2018
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