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

Rackham Graduate School is providing funds to encourage and support doctoral students from the University of Michigan to attend ISR summer programs in 2023. This financial 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 doctoral students enrolled at the University of Michigan. These grants will provide summer program fee support for participation in either or both the Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques sponsored by the Survey Research Center (SRC), or the Summer Program in Quantitative Methods at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). Grants will be awarded in the form of “non-credit” program fees for Summer Term (III-B).

All materials must be returned by Monday, March 4, 2024, to:


Eligibility Criteria

The purpose of the awards is to identify and support University of Michigan doctoral students with the 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 Divisions. Preference will be given to students who have not taken ICPSR/SRC courses before. Rackham Graduate School will pay for two-thirds (2/3) of the non-credit program registration fee only if there is department or faculty support covering the remaining one-third (1/3) cost. These awards can only be used to cover the program registration fee for Summer Institute survey methodology courses marked as carrying 3 to 6 course hours, or any quantitative methodology courses in the ICPSR Summer Program, including both courses in the General Sessions as well as Topical Workshops. ICPSR Summer Program short workshops are not eligible for this award. 

If you have questions, please contact the Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques at [email protected] or the ICPSR Summer Program at [email protected].

Qualifications for Competition 

  1. The doctoral student is in good academic standing in a Rackham degree-granting program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
  2. The student is willing to elect survey methodology courses carrying 3 to 6 course hours in the Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques, or courses in quantitative methodology in the ICPSR Summer Program, and to complete all requirements for those courses elected.
  3. Adequate background in social science statistics.
  4. Completion of application, including 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 are strongly encouraged to apply. 


Required Application Materials

  1. The registration form for the Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques or the ICPSR Summer Program. These registration forms are located on the program websites linked above.
  2. The funding application form, including the academic statement
  3. An unofficial University of Michigan transcript
  4. Your academic advisor’s endorsement
  5. Non-credit course cost-sharing form 

All application materials must be returned by Monday, March 4, 2024, to:

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all elements of the application, including the advisor endorsement and non-credit cost-sharing form, are submitted by the deadline.