Demography or population studies is the study of a broad range of issues affecting human populations. The PSTC is an interdisciplinary demographic research and graduate training center at Brown University. It brings together faculty and students who have interests in studying population issues in global settings. The PSTC provides a demography training program for predoctoral students in affiliated programs of Anthropology, Economics, Political Science and Sociology. This program, which is not degree granting, is comprised of coursework and other requirements and is supported in part by an NICHD Training & Research grant.
PSTC affiliation provides students with mentorship and funding opportunities for research, fieldwork and developmental activities. To be admitted to the program, interested students must apply for affiliation. See Admissions for more information. All PSTC affiliated graduate students or "trainees" reapply annually in spring to maintain membership.
Our graduating students are hired into both academic and private sector positions. In the last five years, our students secured tenure-track placements at excellent institutions that include University of Chicago, Yale University, Stanford University, Tufts University, Ohio State University, and Johns Hopkins University, and postdoctoral placements at Princeton’s Office of Population Research. To learn more about our recent graduate student and postdoc placements, see the Alumni page.
For more information on applying (or reapplying) to the program, please contact Associate Director Leah VanWey, Associate Professor of Sociology, at Leah_Vanwey@brown.edu.
For information on graduate admissions and financial assistance, please visit these various links through the Graduate School at Brown: