F. Thomas Juster Economic Behavior Research Award Fund


The F. Thomas Juster Economic and Behavior Research Award Fund was established shortly after Tom’s death by his family, friends and colleagues to honor him and to further the wide array of research that characterized his distinguished career.

F. Thomas Juster

F. Thomas Juster

The Juster Fund provides small research awards to emerging scholars in the social sciences conducting empirically grounded economic research using the Health and Retirement Study, the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, the Surveys of Consumers, or Time Use data.

Inspired by the work and spirit of Tom Juster, especially relating to issues of social justice and his belief that society will have better policy and science if newer researchers are directly connected to empirical research and innovative modeling of economic and social behavior, the Fund has a special emphasis on supporting research directed at understudied topics and the measurement of economic behavior. Click here for more information about Tom’s research (selected bibliography, PDF 94K).

This Fund will connect emerging scholars with the Institute for Social Research and the Survey Research Center‘s deep and rich history in the study of economic and social behavior.


The Juster Research Award Fund will provide a research award to an emerging scholar from the University of Michigan annually.

The Juster Award may be spent in the following ways:

  • Travel (related to data collection or academic collaborations)
  • Acquiring datasets
  • Hiring an assistant
  • Salary

Awards are intended for use within one year, but may be extended upon request for an additional six months.

Application Procedures

Please see the Fellowships & Awards Homepage for award amounts and application deadlines, updated at the beginning of each calendar year. The application for the Juster Award can be accessed here: http://apply.interfolio.com/83588. The application includes:

  1. Proposal – a brief, three page, single-spaced, description of the project, including how the project meets the goals of the Juster Fund, sufficient detail about hypothesis and design, and a description of the proposed uses for the award including budget and timeline.
  2. CV
  3. One Letter of Recommendation from your advisor, department chair, dissertation advisor, or committee members stating the strength of the application 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

  • At one year mark, you will be asked to share an update about the status of your research.
  • Acknowledge ISR and this award’s support in publications and presentations.

Juster Award Recipients

Jane Furey, 2021
 – Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology and Public Policy, University of Michigan
Giacomo Brusco, 2019 – Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, University of Michigan
Merve Sariisik, 2019 – Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, University of Michigan
Dhiren Patki, 2017 – Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, University of Michigan
Michael Gelman, 2016 – Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, University of Michigan
Minjoon Lee, 2015 – Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, University of Michigan
Michael Gelman, 2014 – Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, University of Michigan
Michael Gideon, 2012 – Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, University of Michigan

To support this fund and make future awards possible, please visit our Next Generation Giving Page.