Reflecting the unique interdisciplinary nature of the institute, DUPRI trainees and faculty are drawn from many departments. Students interested in training in the Population Sciences at Duke must be registered in the Ph.D. program of one of our constituent departments—whether Biology, Evolutionary Anthropology, Economics, Public Policy, Psychology or Sociology—and a focus on population research must be central to each trainee's program of study for eligibility to apply.
Our program is designed to complement the training in your home department and to broaden YOU as a scholar. Regardless of your field of interest, DUPRI offers a unified set of courses that will allow you to develop strong skills in the population sciences. The program is flexible enough to allow you to tailor a set of methodological courses and substantive courses that fit your specific research needs. DUPRI offers fellowships for predoctoral training both in general Population Sciences and, under the auspices of a grant from the National Institute on Aging, in the Demography of Aging. (Click here for information about the T32 training program in Demography of Aging.)
Predoctoral Training Requirements:
All DUPRI predoctoral trainees must be enrolled in programs leading to a doctoral degree at Duke, and must fulfill the degree requirements for the PhD in their respective departments.
The following requirements also apply to all DUPRI Predoctoral Trainees:
- Each trainee must actively participate in a continuing practicum under the supervision of one or more DUPRI Faculty. The research training plan for this practicum must be acceptable to the DUPRI Training Committee. Active involvement in the research and meaningful supervision are expected of the faculty supervisor.
- Each trainee must complete 2 core methods courses and 1 elective course. For Demography of Aging trainees only, the required core methods courses must include a two-term sequence comprising Introductory Demographic Measures and Concepts and Advanced Methods of Demographic Analysis. All T32 trainees are also required to take the Demography of Aging seminar, which is offered every other year.
- In addition to the required core methods courses, each trainee must complete a minimum of six credits in approved population courses by the end of the second year of the traineeship. Approved courses include those in the Methods and Electives course list on the DuPRI Training website.
- Each trainee is expected to attend and participate in the DUPRI Seminar Series held each Thursday at 3:30 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. T32 Seminar Series is held monthly in Gross Hall!
- Each trainee must receive training in the ethics of research and must complete university-mandated training in Human Subjects Protection by the end of the first month of the traineeship (see CITI registration information here: https://www.citiprogram.org).
- Trainees are expected to submit a progress report at the end of each term and to maintain good progress in the doctoral program.
- All predoctoral trainees are expected to attend the Population Association of America Annual Meeting,typically held in April or May each year, using Conference Support travel funds provided by the traineeship.
Demography of Aging predoctoral candidates are expected, beyond the requirements above, to:
- participate in other seminars and workshop training sessions on data and statistical techniques conducted at Duke during the academic year or at other universities during the summer months,
- conduct doctoral dissertation research on a topic related to demography and aging.
Applicants should send a letter of application, curriculum vita, and samples of research writings electronically to Administrative Director Heather Tipaldos.