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

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), trains doctoral recipients interested in the fields of demography and economics of aging through the development of basic and applied research and 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 Center on Healthy Aging Behaviors and Longitudinal Investigations (CHABLIS) at the University of Chicago.

The training program offers three postdoctoral fellowships per year. The goal of these postdoctoral fellowships is to train recent doctoral recipients interested in the demographic and economic analysis of aging through the development of basic methodological tools, applied research, policy-making and analysis, and professional development.

We are currently accepting applications to begin in Spring/Summer 2024. Applications are being reviewed and will be accepted until the positions are filled. You may contact Joshua Santiago, at joshua.santiago@bsd.uchicago.edu to see if a position is still available.

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


Program Activities

  • 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.
  • Attend the weekly Demography Workshop and Post-mortem Seminar which takes place on Thursday afternoons from 12:30-1:50 pm and 2:00-2:30 pm respectively.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Present research at a meeting or workshop on campus.
  • Complete required training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).
  • Submit quarterly learning plans, which include updates on activities, relevant workshops attended, and gains in your research projects. Trainees are responsible for ensuring that their primary mentor has provided comments and an electronic signature on each learning plan. Additionally, all trainees and affiliates benefit from: formal affiliation with the Aging Action Research Network at NORC at the University of Chicago, an active research environment in the study of demography and aging; participation in a community of graduate student and postdoctoral level scholars; training in the practice of research on aging; training in the responsible conduct of research; and additional mentorship with University of Chicago faculty.


Terms and Eligibility

The NIA postdoctoral fellowship stipend is set by NIH and adjusted according to years of experience. Fellowships are renewable for a second year with acceptable progress. The fellowship includes health insurance for the recipient fellow. Please note that the fellowship does not provide coverage for vision or dental nor does it cover family/spousal insurance. Fellows are eligible for modest travel support and workspace; both are dependent on availability, and all fellowships are contingent on the 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. Fellowships are restricted to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Fellows must be in residence at the University of Chicago for the academic year for which they are offered a fellowship. Previous research in demography or the economics of aging is not necessary; however, a future commitment is.


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.

  • Letter of interest
  • CV
  • Personal statement outlining applicant’s research agenda (about 3-5 pages)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Sample of written work or a recent publication



Please contact Assistant Director of Training Programs and Communications Joshua Santiago, at joshua.santiago@bsd.uchicago.edu with questions.  You may also contact program director David Meltzer, MD, PhD.


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