Admission

Mencoff HallMencoff HallPredoctoral students in the departments of Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, and Sociology have the option of participating in the PSTC training program, a competitive and interdisciplinary graduate program that is comprised of course work and other requirements. The PSTC does not grant degrees, but rather provides resources and opportunities in the form of faculty mentorship, financial support, and physical workspace for students with population interests.

To affiliate with the PSTC, graduate students must apply to the training program and reapply annually to maintain membership. Applications (and reapplications) are distributed in the spring (although students may apply at any time throughout the year). Some students indicate an interest in population studies on their applications to graduate school. Other students apply to the training program after enrollment in their graduate programs, sometimes after coursework sparks an interest in demography. Either way, admission into the training program begins with admission to one of the affiliated PhD programs. Information about these programs can be found on their websites via the following links:

Each year approximately 40-50 trainees are active in the program. The relatively small size of the program guarantees that the center can offer students personalized attention and provide them with many opportunities for financial support, engagement in collaborative research, close interaction with faculty, and outstanding facilities.

Both prospective and current students should contact Leah VanWey, the PSTC's Associate Director, for more details.