Training and Education

Specialized Training Program in the Demography and Economics of Aging (T32)

The Specialized Training Program in the Demography and Economics of Aging is funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) grant, #T32000243. Since its inception during the 1994-95 school year, the program has consistently produced productive and engaged young scholars in the field of aging research and demography. The program is designed to train graduate students interested in the demography and economics of aging through the development of basic and applied research, and policy-making, and analysis.

Each year, the program supports four predoctoral fellows with at least two years of graduate work at the University of Chicago in addition to two postdoctoral fellows from across the United States. In 2009, the training program was expanded to include student affiliates who do not qualify for financial support the program’s NIA fellowships. Similar to the predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows, predoctoral affiliates actively participate in the training program, taking classes, working with Center mentors, and attending the Demography Workshop and Post-mortem seminar. This expansion further increases exposure to the demography and economics of aging research among incoming graduate students; encourages young scholars to pursue demography and aging research; and increases collaboration in aging research at NORC's Aging Action Research Network, the Population Research Center, and the University of Chicago.

This training program is administered by the Center for Health and the Social Sciences (CHeSS) and is affiliated with the Aging Action Research Network (AARN) at NORC at the University of Chicago. Current and past fellows have come from a variety of departments and professional schools at the University of Chicago, including: Booth School of Business, Comparative Human Development, Economics, Harris School of Public Policy, History, Public Health Sciences, School of Social Service Administration, and Sociology. 

Application Process 

See below for more information about how to apply for predoctoral, postdoctoral, and student affiliate positions.