Summer Undergraduate Program in Population Research
University of Madison–Wisconsin, May 31-June 14, 2022
Applications due February 15, 2022

NextGenPop FAQs


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Who should apply?

The program targets advanced undergraduate students (especially those who have just finished their junior year) who are thinking about graduate school in the social sciences and would like to explore population-related research interests. Students from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Where will the summer 2022 session be located?

In 2022, the summer program will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison (May 31-June 14, 2022), and the PAA Annual Meeting will be in New Orleans (April 12-15, 2023). In subsequent years, the program will be hosted successively by Cornell, Duke, UC-Irvine, and Minnesota

What is the application deadline?

February 15, 2022

What application materials are needed to apply?

For the application, you’ll need:

  • Current transcript
  • Resume or CV
  • Brief writing sample on any topic
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member

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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.

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 as well.

What is the commitment expected in the program?

The program begins with a two-week full-time residential program in Madison, Wisconsin May 31-June 14, 2022.

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

This will be 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 the program?

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

NextGenPop also pays for room, board, and travel expenses associated with the summer program and offers travel support to the PAA Annual Meeting.

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.

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

Applicants will be notified by mid-March 2022.

Accepted applicants will need to commit to the program by the end of March 2022.

Will the two-week program be in person? What are COVID-related policies are in place?

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.