Predoctoral students at CDE are supported by a variety of funding sources. NIA and NICHD traineeships, research assistantships on individual projects, NIH grant supplements for minority students, University-supported fellowships, and grants from other federal agencies and private foundations all provide opportunities for funding during predoctoral study. Trainee, research and project assistant positions entail a roughly half-time commitment.
All trainees, research assistants, and project assistants receive a salary or stipend, tuition coverage, and health insurance. CDE students also receive a travel allowance to attend the annual meeting of the Population Association of America (PAA), which is held each year in late April/early May. CDE typically funds 8 predoctoral trainee positions and 10-15 Research Assistant and Project Assistant positions annually.
CDE and its closely-related sister organization CDHA have been awarded Institutional Training Grants from both the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). These grants provide predoctoral graduate students with Ruth L. Kirchstein Institutional National Research Service Awards, fellowships allowing them to focus on population research. Traineeships are typically awarded for 12 months and may be renewable.
Trainees have the opportunity to engage with a number of long-running, high-profile research projects at Wisconsin as well as innovative, newer projects, many of which emerge from the meetings of working groups run by leaders in our four signature themes (heath and mortality, famiies and households, the demography of inequality, data and methods).
Graduate Research Assistants
Graduate Research Assistants participate in ongoing demographic research on projects funded by NIH, NSF, private foundations, and the UW Graduate School.
Like trainees, graduate research assistants work on research projects directed by CDE faculty. Research assistants are considered collaborators on the research project and the topic is typically related to the student's eventual dissertation topic.
Graduate Project Assistants
Project assistants are predoctoral students employed by CDE faculty on research projects that are not necessarily related to the student's own dissertation topic.