Trainee FAQs

1. Can a trainee hold additional employment during his/her traineeship?

Yes, supplemental income in the form of work, is allowed. Director approval is needed prior to accepting any positions. Because trainees are expected to work full-time on their program, additional employment is limited to 25% per year. There are no exceptions allowed to this policy.

Supplemental income may not be paid from a research grant that supports the same research that is part of the trainee’s planned training experiences as approved in the training program.

2. Are you allowed to hold other grants/fellowships/awards while a CCPR trainee?

You are not allowed to hold multiple major awards. For example, you cannot hold a CCPR traineeship and DYF, NSF or a year-long graduate mentorship award. For questions about what constitutes a “major” award, please ask the program director.

3. Can I accept a GSRM during my traineeship?

All trainees are eligible to apply for the Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Fellowship (GSRM), but students who accept a GSRM award during the same academic year of your traineeship may not be eligible for the Graduate Division supplemental stipend to the traineeship. This is determined by the Graduate Division. Trainee appointments usually begin in October and continue to the end of the following September.

4. Can I take a leave of absence?

Yes, but the director must be notified immediately of any leave of absence. In addition, stipend payments will be discontinued (there are exceptions for parental leave – contact the training director and administrator for more information).

5. Can I go abroad to do fieldwork?

No, it’s expected that the traineeship is conducted at the home institution.

6. What are the core courses that I need to take?

Trainees are expected to complete at least 1 core class prior to or during their year of traineeship. Any exception to the core class criteria requires director’s approval. You are also required to attend CCPR California Population Research Topical Seminar Series (Soc M225A or Econ M204A.-SOC 213A/CHS M208): Introduction to Demographic Methods
– SOC 213B: Techniques of Demographic and Ecological Analysis
– SOC 213C: Population Models and Dynamics
– SOC 226A: Introduction to Theory and Major Empirical Research in Social Demography
– SOC 226B: Introduction to Theory and Major Empirical Research in Social Demography
– CHS M263: Social Demography of Los Angeles
– CHS 431: Foundations of Reproductive Health
– ECON 262P: Population Economics

7. Do I have to be CITI certified?

Yes, whether or not you conduct IRB research. You need to email your CITI certification to CCPR staff (

8. Do I need to acknowledge the traineeship on my publications?

Yes, you must acknowledge both the training grant (T32HD007545) and CCPR (P2CHD041022) on any and all publications resulting from your work as a trainee, regardless of whether you’re 1st, 5th or 25th author. This applies post graduation as well as while you are a trainee. Any work begun while a trainee should  thank the T32 and P2C and should be submitted to PubMed Central. For additional information
regarding acknowledgements, please visit:

9. Can I attend other conferences, other than PAA?

Travel funding is for PAA attendance. Any exception would need prior approval from the program director.

10. Must stipends be distributed on a monthly basis?

Yes. This is a requirement of the university’s effort reporting.