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Institute for Social Research (ISR) – Rackham Summer Training Awards

All materials must be returned by March 12, 2019 to:

  • SRC Summer Institute, 4050 ISR Building, 426 Thompson Street
  • ICPSR Summer Program, 2106 Perry Building, 330 Packard Street

The Institute for Social Research (ISR) has been notified that funds are available from Rackham Graduate School to encourage and support graduate students from the University of Michigan to attend ISR summer programs. Such support, in the form of grants administered by the Institute for Social Research, will be available on a competitive basis to a limited number of graduate students enrolled at the University. These grants will provide summer program fee support for participation in either the Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques sponsored by the Survey Research Center or the Summer Program in Quantitative Methods at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research.

Grants will be awarded in the form of “non-credit” program fees for Summer Term (III-B).

Criteria for Selection

The financing of the ISR-Rackham Summer Training Awards, [for Ph.D. students] to attend the summer programs, is provided by the University of Michigan. The purpose of the awards is to identify and support those with potential to develop careers using social science research approaches through the knowledge and training offered by participation in the SRC Summer Institute and the ICPSR Summer Program. The importance of the application of social science skills in multiple disciplines (including and beyond traditional social sciences fields) and other career areas is also recognized.

These funds are limited and available to doctoral students across all Rackham programs. Preference will be given to students who have never taken ICPSR/SRC courses. Rackham Graduate School will pay for two-thirds (2/3) of the non-credit fee only if there is department or faculty support covering the remaining one-third (1/3) cost.

If you have additional questions, please call Pasty Gregory (734-647-3592) at SRC, or Dieter Burrell (734-763-7400) at ICPSR.

Qualifications for Competition

The graduate student:

  • Is an enrolled graduate-level student at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and in good academic standing within a Rackham degree granting program
  • Is willing to elect a full four- or eight-week program in either survey or quantitative methodology courses during the Summer Term (Term III-B); and completes all requirements for those courses elected, including a letter grade evaluation. Only four- or eight-week courses are eligible.
  • Has an adequate background in social science statistics
  • Submits a complete application, including the academic advisor endorsement

Rackham is committed to providing opportunities for research training and development to all students, including those from a range of diverse backgrounds. Rackham Merit Fellows also are strongly encouraged to apply. Interested and eligible students should use the funding application form or pick up a hard copy form from these offices:

  • SRC Summer Institute, 4050 ISR Building, 426 Thompson Street
  • ICPSR Summer Program, 2106 Perry Building, 330 Packard Street

In addition to the funding application, applicants will also need to submit the general ICPSR Summer Program or SRC Summer Institute application forms. These applications can be found on the respective programs’ web sites:

Completed Applications Must Include

  • The general SRC Summer Institute Application form or registration for the ICPSR Summer Program, or both. For ICPSR, please print out only the page in your account that lists your courses.  These application/registration forms can be found on the websites listed above.
  • The funding application form, including the Academic Statement.
  • An unofficial University of Michigan transcript.
  • Your academic advisor’s endorsement.
  • Non-credit course cost-sharing form.

All materials must be returned by March 12, 2019 to:

  • SRC Summer Institute, 4050 ISR Building, 426 Thompson Street
  • ICPSR Summer Program, 2106 Perry Building, 330 Packard Street

Determinations of grant awards should be complete before or by April 19, 2019.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all elements of the application, including the advisor endorsement, and transcript, are submitted by the deadline.