How to Affiliate

Predoctoral students with population studies interests in the departments of Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Public Health, and Sociology may apply to 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. 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 Ph.D. programs. Information about these programs can be found on their websites via the following links:

Each year approximately 50-60 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.

For more information on applying, please contact PSTC Assistant Director Ana Karina Wildman at

"My PSTC affiliation helped to further my research training in several ways. Funding helped me to attend important conferences, and several leading demographers, who visited as colloquium speakers, gave me helpful feedback on my work."

Adam Storeygard ’12, Assistant Professor of Economics, Tufts University