The CDE training program is consistently ranked one of the top population science training programs in the country. Each year, CDE trains 35–45 predoctoral scholars from departments around UW–Madison’s campus.

The program is designed to foster an interdisciplinary community of junior scholars in population research, to build expertise in demographic theory and methods, and to cultivate students’ professional skills. The training program has three components: (1) formal training through regular courses and mini-courses in an interdisciplinary environment, (2) exposure to cutting-edge research of scholars in the broader community of population studies, and (3) participation in substantive research projects, including mentored trainee-initiated research and participation in the research projects of CDE faculty.

CDE students apply for admission to the UW–Madison Graduate School through an academic department. PhD and MA degrees are awarded through these departments. Students with an interest in CDE can contact the associate director for training prior to or following admission to the Graduate School.

CDE offers integrative methodological training through courses, seminars, and informal workshops. This includes a weekly interdisciplinary Demography Training Seminar, which covers professional development skills for CDE students such as grant writing, data visualization, presentation design, publication writing, applying for academic and research jobs, responsible conduct of research, and other essential professional skills.

CDE’s training faculty consists of a diverse and highly productive collection of population scholars from 21 departments at UW–Madison. CDE predoctoral affiliates have a history of publishing award-winning research while students in the program. The program has an excellent record of placement. CDE alumni are leading scholars in the field of population science, including the current president of the Population Association of America.

Support for CDE’s training program comes from a training grant (T32 HD007014-42) from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The Center for Demography of Health and Aging receives training support from the National Institute of Aging (T32 AG000129-30).