For Grad Students

Population studies is the study of a broad range of issues affecting human populations. As an interdisciplinary demographic research and graduate training center at Brown University, the PSTC 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, Public Health, 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 and 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. All PSTC-affiliated graduate students (PSTC trainees) reapply annually in the spring to maintain membership.

Our graduating students are hired into both academic and private sector positions. Recent placements include the University of Chicago, Yale, Stanford, Tufts, Ohio State, and Johns Hopkins. To learn more, see the Alumni page.

For more information on applying (or reapplying) to the program, please contact Assistant Director Ana Karina Wildman at

For information on graduate admissions and financial assistance, please visit the Graduate School at Brown website.

“The training program provided me with both a strong foundation in Anthropology and population and the skills for interdisciplinary work. I really enjoyed the speaker series—the weekly colloquium and WGAP. They are a great opportunity to get exposure to new and interesting scholarship across all three fields. I feel the PSTC was very valuable to developing my research both through the intellectual community and financial support.”

Andrea Flores, '15, Adjunct Lecturer in Anthropology, Brown University (initial); Assistant Professor of Education, Brown University (current)