FAQ

Who is a good candidate for this summer research program?

This program is geared toward advanced undergraduate students who might be interested in graduate school in the social sciences. The program is especially targeted to students who have just completed their junior year, but we will also consider those who have just completed their sophomore or senior year. You can find more information about the program here: program overview.

What is the commitment expected in this program?

The program begins with a two-week full-time residential program in Madison, Wisconsin May 31-June 14, 2022, followed by virtual meetings about once per month throughout the academic year, and the opportunity to attend the annual meetings of the Population Association of America in New Orleans in April 12-15, 2023. Thus, overall, program activities will span a 10-month period.

Is there a stipend provided for this program?

Yes, all participants will receive a stipend of $1,000.

When can applicants expect to be notified of acceptance to the program?

Applicants will be notified by mid-March 2022.

When do accepted applicants need to commit to the program?

Applicants will be expected to commit to participate by the end of March 2022.

Will the two-week program be in person?

Yes, our plan is to host a two-week, in-person residential program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wisconsin. NextGenPop will follow guidelines to maintain health and safety in the COVID-19 pandemic will adapt aspects of the program as necessary.

I am technically recognized as senior standing, but I am not graduating until next year. Am I still eligible?

Yes, you are eligible to apply for the program. The program is especially targeted to students who have just completed their junior year, but we will also consider those who have just completed their sophomore or senior year.

Does the letter of recommendation need to come from a faculty member in my major discipline?

The letter may come from any faculty member at your university/college who can endorse your application.

What is the “home mentor” or faculty recommendation commitment?

The commitment of the home mentor is to provide general support and guidance to the NextGenPop fellow, which might include debriefing after the summer experience, checking in on progress in the remote components of the program, and providing a point of contact for local resources. Your responsibility as the mentee is to reach out when you need help and stay in touch, for example, about your progress in the program and post-graduation plans.

What kind of time commitment is required/expected during the two weeks of the program?

Participants should consider this research experience as a full-time job for the duration of the two-week program.

Does this program have citizenship or residency requirements?

The terms of our funding allow us to provide financial support to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only. We will consider applications from international students and welcome their participation, but we are unable to cover their travel, room, and board at this time.

Does the program cover the costs of room and board at UW-Madison?

Yes, all participants will live in apartments near campus, and all food and transportation expenses will be covered.

Am I required to live in the program-provided housing while at UW-Madison?

It is highly recommended that participants stay with their fellow participants during the two weeks of the programs. There is no financial compensation for alternative housing.

I have a question not listed here. Who can I contact?

E-mail us at info@nextgenpop.org and one of us will get back to you as soon as we can!