The Next Generation Initiative provides vital financial support to promising scholars at a make-or-break time in their careers. These donor-funded awards have transformative power, bringing peace of mind to their hard-working recipients, catalyzing innovative projects, and honoring the legacy of the pioneering researchers who came before. Your support will give high-potential scholars the early research experience so essential to building successful careers and making a positive impact on our world.
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- ISR Next Generation Fund
This fund supports graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and early career faculty who are working with ISR researchers to carry out innovative research in the social sciences. Gifts made to this fund are used where they are needed most within the Next Generation Initiative.
- MPSDS (formerly MPSM) Student to Student Fund
Created by the alumni of the Michigan Program in Survey and Data Science (MPSDS) masters program, this fund provides support for masters students in the Program.
- Population Studies Center Alumni Graduate Support Fund
This Population Studies Center (PSC) fund, initiated in 2012, provides early-stage research awards to promising PSC trainees, and is made possible by the generosity of the PSC Alumni.
- Jerald and Virginia Bachman Research Fellowship on Change in American Youth
This fellowship fund, created by Monitoring the Future study founder Jerald Bachman and his wife Virginia, provides support to graduate students examining patterns and changes in the lifestyles and values of American youth and young adults.
- Eugene and Martha Burnstein University of Warsaw Social Science Scholars Exchange Fund
This Research Center for Group Dynamics (RCGD) fund, established by Eugene and Martha Burnstein, provides support for students from the University of Warsaw, especially the Robert B. Zajonc Institute for Social Studies, to train at ISR over the summer.
- Angus Campbell Scholars Fund
This fund, honoring ISR founder and the first director of the Survey Research Center (SRC), Angus Campbell, supports graduate students conducting research on quality of life and psychological well-being.
- Charles Cannell Fund in Survey Methodology
This Survey Research Center (SRC) fund was established to honor Charles Cannell as a mentor and to further research and training on the interviewer-respondent interaction and its effects on the validity and quality of survey data.
- Philip Converse and Warren Miller Fellowship in American Political Behavior
The Converse Miller Fellowship Fund supports summer research in the Center for Political Studies (CPS). The Fellowship was established to honor Philip Converse and Warren Miller‘s distinguished contributions to the study of American politics, public opinion, and voting behavior, as well as the study of the concept of representation.
- Elizabeth Douvan Junior Scholars Fund in Life Course Development
This Survey Research Center (SRC) fund honors ISR founder and pioneer in the field of life course development, Elizabeth “Libby” Douvan. It provides support for professional development or research costs to emerging scholars conducting research in life course development.
- Ronald and Deborah Freedman Fund
This fund was established in the Population Studies Center (PSC) to honor Ronald and Deborah Freedman for their contributions to the field of Demography. Awards from this fund support research and training focusing on fertility, family planning, and family dynamics.
- Henry “Hank” Heitowit Scholars Fund
This fund was established to honor Hank Heitowit, Director of the Summer Program at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) from 1981 to 2007. This scholarship provides for previous participants of the ICPSR Summer Program to attend again, in order to enhance their skill sets.
- Albert Hermalin Scholars Fund
Honoring Population Studies Center (PSC) founder Al Hermalin, this fund supports continuing education, international collaboration, interdisciplinary research and training through the use of post-doctoral fellowships, collaborative visits, and expert residencies at PSC.
- A. Regula Herzog Young Investigators Fund
This fund honors pioneering aging scholar, Regula Herzog, for her mentoring of young investigators and her research on older populations. It provides support for research and training of junior researchers in the Survey Research Center (SRC), with preference given to those researching older populations.
- Ronald F. Inglehart Scholarship Fund
Created in memory of pioneering CPS scholar and mentor, Ronald F. Inglehart, this fund supports research and travel by early career scholars to study comparative politics, with a preference for graduate students travelling internationally.
- James S. Jackson Emerging Scholars Fund
Created in the Research Center for Group Dynamics (RCGD) in honor of former ISR Director, James Jackson, the Emerging Scholars Fund will extend ISR’s mentoring efforts by providing support for up-and-coming research scientists at U-M.
- F. Thomas Juster Economic Behavior Research Fund
Honoring the founding director of the Health and Retirement Study, Thomas Juster, this Survey Research Center (SRC) fund supports research by graduate students on economic behavior.
- Robert Kahn Fellowship for the Scientific Study of Social Issues
This fellowship fund was established to honor ISR founder Bob Kahn‘s lifelong commitment to using the best social science to generate new insights on major social problems and possible solutions. The fellowship provides tuition support and benefits to student scholars whose research has the most promise of achieving these goals.
- George Katona Economic Behavior Research Award Fund
Created by ISR founder and leading economist George Katona, this Survey Research Center (SRC) fund provides tuition support for a doctoral candidate studying economic behavior.
- Daniel Katz Graduate Award Fund
Established by Seymour and Marilyn Lieberman in honor of late psychology professor and pioneering organizational behavior scholar Daniel Katz, this dissertation fellowship supports graduate students in Psychology and Survey Methodology in their dissertation writing.
- Leslie Kish International Fellows Fund
Honoring ISR founder Leslie Kish, and housed in the Survey Research Center (SRC), this fund supports survey professionals from developing nations who come to ISR to learn sampling and other skills to apply to their jobs back home.
- Rensis Likert Fund for Research on Survey Methodology
Honoring late ISR founder Rensis Likert, this fund provides support for Michigan Program in Survey and Data Science (MPSDS) doctoral students and funding for workshops on survey methodology.
- Robert & Judy Marans and Kan & Lillian Chen Fellowship in Sustainability and Survey Methodology
This fellowship, created by emeritus faculty Bob Marans and Kan Chen and their partners, provides need-based support for a U-M doctoral candidate to conduct a social survey on an environmental sustainability problem that is central to their dissertation, along with support for coursework to enhance their survey skills.
- Warren Miller Scholars Fund
Established to honor Warren Miller, one of America’s foremost authorities on electoral politics and voting behavior and the founding director of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), this scholarship fund provides support for students in ICPSR’s Summer Program.
- James Morgan Innovation in the Analysis of Economic Behavior Fund
Established in the Survey Research Center (SRC) by ISR founder and Panel Study of Income Dynamics founding director Jim Morgan, this fund provides tuition support to a doctoral candidate studying economic behavior.
- Eva L. Mueller New Directions in Economics & Demography Fund
This fund, honoring late Population Studies Center (PSC) scholar Eva Mueller, provides support for research and training in the area of economic demography, especially in developing countries and concerning the socioeconomic position of women and children.
- ISR Ken Organski Memorial Fund
Created to honor A. F. K. Organski, distinguished scholar and beloved teacher, this fund provides summer research funding to students in the Center for Political Studies (CPS) doing quantitative research in international politics or political development.
- Roy Pierce Scholars Fund
Created in honor of late Center for Political Studies (CPS) scholar Roy Pierce, this summer research fellowship provides summer support for graduate students working with CPS faculty.
- Sarri Family Research Young Researcher Award Fund
The Sarri Family Fellowship, established in the Center for Political Studies (CPS), supports a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow at U-M to do social science research on improving the chances for low income students to attend and succeed in post-secondary educational institutions.
- Eleanor Singer SRC Junior Faculty Support Fund
This fund, established to honor late research professor Eleanor Singer, supports junior faculty in the ISR Survey Research Center (SRC).
- Garth Taylor Dissertation Fellowship in Public Opinion Research Fund
Created in the Center for Political Studies (CPS) by retired pollster Garth Taylor, this Dissertation Fellowship in Public Opinion will support a doctoral student at the University of Michigan who is completing his or her dissertation on a topic related to the quantitative study of public opinion.
- Hanes Walton, Jr. Endowment for Graduate Study in Racial & Ethnic Politics
This award provides funds for graduate students studying the politics of race and ethnicity in the Center for Political Studies (CPS). The fund honors late CPS Professor Hanes Walton’s 45 years of scholarship, teaching, and mentoring.
- Marshall M. Weinberg Population, Development & Climate Change Fellowship
The fellowship, funded by Marshall Weinberg, supports early career graduate students whose research is focused at the intersection of population, economic development, and climate change, and has an international component.
- Marshall Weinberg Endowment at Population Studies
This fund was established by Marshall Weinberg to benefit the Population Studies Center (PSC) by helping junior faculty, graduate students, post-graduate fellows, and foreign colleagues in their travel and research.
- Robert Zajonc Scholars Fund
Honoring late Research Center for Group Dynamics (RCGD) Director, Robert Zajonc, this fund provides support for students to do research in the Zajonc Labs at ISR.
- Zimmerman Junior Faculty Award in the Center for Political Studies
This fund, created by Center for Political Studies (CPS) Professor Emeritus Bill Zimmerman, provides support to facilitate the recruitment and retention of junior faculty who are either Faculty Associates or Research Assistant Professors in CPS.