Position Description: The Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan-Institute for Social Research
expects to have three openings for Postdoctoral Fellowships beginning on or about September
1, 2021. These fellowships are sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), focused on
supporting research on aging and the health and well-being of older people. Fellows devote
most of their time to independent research, but may also take selected courses and/or teach on
a light-load basis. Positions offer exceptional opportunity for collaboration with faculty of the
Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research on
major projects in the U.S. and overseas. The term of fellowship appointment will be for two
years, contingent on continued funding. Stipend will be commensurate with experience, based
on levels mandated by NIH. Fellowship offers are typically made in mid-February.
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is a division of the U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH),
as such, only U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents are eligible for these fellowships,
and applicants must be Citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States at the time of
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in demography, public health, or one of the social sciences (e.g.,
sociology, economics, psychology) by the starting date.
Selection will be based on scholarly potential and compatibility with the interests of a faculty
mentor. When considering applicants we will take into consideration current NIH guidelines with
respect to the scope of population studies research supported by NIA and the NIH priorities for
Health Economics Research. More information about NIA and Health Economics Research
priorities can be viewed at the URLs below:
Applications are accepted through Interfolio at https://apply.interfolio.com/80125
The application window is November 1, 2020 – January 3, 2021. Screening of applications will
continue until the position is filled, with full consideration being given to those applications that
are complete as of January 3, 2021.
The following application materials are required:
● Letter of application
● Curriculum Vitae – which must include citizenship status on the first page
● Statement of research interests – A 1-2 page statement describing current research
interests and activity, and a research plan for the postdoctoral fellowship period. Applicants
should describe their background in aging research, if any, and propose an aging-related
research project that focuses on the health of the elderly or near-elderly population.
● Personal statement and diversity commitment that includes your demonstrated
commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or
service/engagement. There may be some overlap with your research plan (1 page).
● Examples of written work
● Letters of Recommendation – Three letters of recommendation, submitted directly from
recommender. Please use the Interfolio tools to send requests to your recommenders, or
upload letters already saved to Interfolio. Letters are due by January 3, 2021.
Applications are not considered complete until recommendation letters are received.