Specialized Training Program in the Demography and Economics of Aging

Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Specialized Training Program in the Demography and Economics of Aging at the University of Chicago, funded by the National Institute of Aging (T32 AG000243), is a fellowship for postdoctoral scholars interested in the demography and economics of aging that trains participants through the development of basic and applied research methods; policy-making; and analysis. This training program is administered by the University of Chicago’s Center for Health and Social Sciences (CHeSS) and is affiliated with the Aging Action Research Network (AARN) at NORC at the University of Chicago.

Two postdoctoral fellowships are available through this training program. The goal of these fellowships is to train recent doctoral recipients interested in the demographic and economic analysis of aging by developing basic methodological tools, applied research techniques, policy-making and analysis skills, and professional development. 

We are currently accepting applications for one postdoctoral fellowship position to start in Summer or Fall 2019. We accept applications on a rolling basis and will start reviewing applications in late February 2019.

Launch the online application portal here.

 Learn more about the program activities, eligibility requirements, and application instructions below. 

Program Activities

  1. Meet with primary mentor at least two times per month during the training program and participate in an ongoing research project in aging at the University of Chicago. 
  2. Attend the weekly Demography Workshop and Post-Mortem Seminar which take place on Thursday afternoons from 12:30-1:50 pm and 2:00-2:30 pm respectively.
  3. Attend additional workshops on campus when the presentation is aging-related.  A list of required workshops will be provided at the beginning of each quarter. 
  4. Submit at least one aging-related paper for publication or presentation at a national conference each year. There are funds available to support travel to a conference. 
  5. Present research at a meeting or workshop on campus. 
  6. Complete required training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). More information will be provided to you on how to complete this requirement if you are accepted to the program. 
  7. Submit quarterly learning plans, which include updates on activities, relevant workshops attended, and progress on your research projects. Trainees are responsible for ensuring that their primary mentor has provided comments and an electronic signature on each learning plan. 

Terms and Eligibility

The NIA postdoctoral fellowship stipend is set by NIH and adjusted according to years of experience. The option to renew your fellowship for a second year is available with acceptable progress. Health insurance included for the recipient fellow, but does not cover vision or dental, nor does it cover family/spousal insurance. Fellows are eligible for modest travel support and work space; both are dependent on availability, and all fellowships are contingent on successful renewal of the NIA grant award.

Candidates must be interested in demography or the economics of aging and have a PhD or equivalent graduate degree. Previous research in demography or the economics of aging is not necessary, however, a future commitment is. Fellowships are restricted to U.S. citizens and permanent residents that are in residence at the University of Chicago for the academic year for which they are offered a fellowship.  

Postdoctoral Application Requirements

Applicants must submit the following materials through the online application portal to be considered for the fellowship. Include your first and last name in the file name for each document you submit. 

  1. Letter of interest
  2. CV
  3. Personal statement outline applicant's research agenda - There is no page limit for the personal statement, but we encourage all applicants to provide enough information for the Committee on Demographic Training to make a thoughtful decision in respect to applicants’ interests, experience, and aspirations. Applications are generally 3-5 pages; however, successful applicants have submitted statements that range in length and scope.
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. Sample of written work or a recent publication

The application deadline is rolling. Applications will start being reviewed in late February 2019. If submitting after this, you may contact Kelsey Bogue to ask if there are positions still remaining. 


Please contact Kelsey Bogue, program administrator, with any questions.  You may also contact program directors Linda Waite, PhDKate Cagney, PhD; or David Meltzer, MD, PhD

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