NICHD Predoctoral Fellows

With support from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the PSTC population studies training program is one of the longest continuously funded demography training programs in the country, offering up to five graduate fellowships annually. Current NICHD Fellows include Camilla Adams (Economics), Ailish Burns (Sociology), Sagen Kidane (Sociology), Steven Lee (Economics), and Matthew Schaelling (Economics). In addition, the Graduate School offers two fellowships annually to international students. Current International Fellows include Giulia Buccione (Economics) and Ester Fanelli (Sociology).

The Graduate School also offers interdisciplinary opportunities for us to select advanced graduate student trainees to engage in professional development and research opportunities at the PSTC. Current Interdisciplinary Fellows include Haoming Song (Sociology) and Alex Yarkin (Economics).

The relatively small size of the training program guarantees personalized attention, collaborative research opportunities, close faculty mentoring, access to outstanding facilities, and additional financial support for field research, data acquisition, and specialized language or methods courses.

The following trainees are fellows for the 2022-2023 academic year:

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Labor economics, law and economics

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Development economics, comparative development, migration, political economy

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Demography, health disparities, reproductive justice, inequality, mixed methods

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Gender, family, migration

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Race and ethnicity; education; social inequality; punishment; social policy

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Inequality and behavioral questions in the context of health and labor


Urban economics, labor economics