Angus Campbell Scholars Fund

The Angus Campbell Scholars Fund provides research awards of $10,000 to University of Michigan graduate students who are conducting research dealing with quality of life and psychological well-being. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to, measurement and determinants such as work, marriage, family life, health, and place, as well as political behavior and identification, across gender and/or race, in the United States or internationally.

Background

Angus Campbell

The Angus Campbell Scholars Fund was established by his family and the Survey Research Center to honor him and to further the wide array of research that characterized his distinguished career. Campbell was the first director of the Survey Research Center, and subsequently, director of Institute for Social Research. In addition to his leadership role over many years, he conducted research on voting and political behavior, social change and quality of life including its meaning and determinants.

For more information about Angus Campbell, read this Biographical Memoir written shortly after his death. For more information about his research on quality of life, refer to pages 50 and 51 therein.

Campbell’s seminal work with colleagues Philip Converse and Willard Rodgers, The Quality of American Life: Perceptions, Evaluations, and Satisfactions was published in 1976 by the Russell Sage Foundation. This was followed by The Sense of Well Being in America: Recent Patterns and Trends, which was published shortly before Campbell’s death in 1981.

Application Process

The application for the Campbell Scholars Award can be accessed here: https://apply.interfolio.com/72754.
The application includes:

  1. Proposal – A brief [three-page, single-spaced] description of the project, including how the project meets the goals of the Fund, about hypothesis and design, and a description of the proposed uses for the Award support. Be sure to include how the project is inspired by Campbell’s work.
  2. CV
  3. Letter of Recommendation from your advisor, department chair, dissertation advisor or committee member stating the strengths of the application and and vouchsafing the candidate’s eligibility as well as supporting the likelihood of completing the proposed research.

As part of the application, there is also a form with several questions about the project to be supported, including project, methodology, timeline, deliverables, etc. Answers to these are expected to be brief, around 3 sentences.

If you have any questions about the award process, please send an email to umisr-awards@umich.edu.

Additional Expectations

  • Prepare a Final Report (approximately 500 words) including a description of your activities, findings, products (e.g. papers, presentations, grant proposals) and future plans. In addition, you may be expected to report and discuss your findings in a meeting/talk with other researchers or with the sponsor of the endowment funding your award. The date your final report is due will be stated in your Award Letter.
  • Acknowledge ISR and Campbell support in publications and presentations.
  • Share project outputs with ISR.

Campbell Scholars

Shanice Battle, 2019, U-M School of Public Health
Leah Abrams, 2018, U-M School of Public Health
Kirill Zhirkov, 2017, U-M Department of Political Science
Sara Abelson, 2020, U-M School of Public Health