Please read the information below in order to prepare your application. Then you may proceed to the Application Form. We are accepting applications through March 2, 2020.
You will need to upload the following documents in the application. For your ease, please assemble them beforehand.
Create a single pdf document consisting of:
- An up-to-date CV
- A list of relevant courses taken in population studies and statistics
You will also need to:
- Attach proof of completion of a training in Responsible Conduct of Research, either the NIH online class or CITI (see below for more detail); and
- Prepare a one-paragraph statement about your research interests that will be copied/pasted into the application.
This program is most suitable for trainees with a reasonable familiarity with statistics, including multivariate techniques, and the knowledge of a software language, especially R.
Instruction will be in R. Those unfamiliar with R are strongly encouraged to complete the R module below. Trainees are expected to have already taken basic statistics and calculus courses. The hands-on exercises will use the R computer language. Prior to attending the course, students should install R on their laptops and work through the 12 page "A (very) short introduction to R" by Torfs & Brauer available by googling or at: Short R Intro. The information about texts and pre-workshop preparatory exercises in R can be found here.
The training lectures will assume some familiarity with demographic measures and notation. Students who have never taken a demography course should be familiar with the concepts in either Chapters 1-3 of Kenneth Wachter's Essential Demographic Methods or Chapters 1-3 of Preston, Heuveline, and Guillot's Demography: Measuring and Modeling Population Processes. An overview of demographic history and processes can be found in A Concise History of World Population, by Massimo Livi-Bacci, and a very brief introduction in McFalls, Joseph A., Jr. (2007). "Population: A Lively Introduction." Population Bulletin 62(1): 1 31 (Washington, D.C.: Population Reference Bureau). In addition, all supported trainees must have completed an acceptable form of Human Subjects/Responsible Conduct of Research instruction, and provide us a copy of the certification.
After your acceptance into the program, you will be provided (if requested) this textbook, Wachter, Ken (2014), Essential Demographic Methods, Boston, MA: Harvard University Press.
Responsible Conduct of Research
One of the following trainings must be completed and submit the certificate with your application:
- CITI Training. Your institution likely has a relationship with CITI. If you aren't sure which module to take, take the Group 2 Social and Behavioral Research Investigators, Basic Course. This unit takes about 4-5 hours.
- An in-person course of at least 6 hours of classroom instruction.
- You may also postpone this certificate if your institution does not offer human subjects training. A Free National Institutes of Health (NIH) training and certification in good clinical practice in social and behavioral research is available on-line through the Society of Behavioral Medicine. See https://www.sbm.org/training/
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- You may also postpone this certificate if your institution does not offer human subjects training or you need additional time. We will not fund you without this certification.
TERMS & CONDITIONS: We will provide lodging for trainees: please note that if you do not show up, we will still have to pay for your expenses. Should you be accepted into the program, we ask that you be committed to attending. Other details about lodging and transportation will be provided elsewhere. No-shows may be asked to pay for incurred expenses.